Global Learning: Let’s Make it Happen
By Emily Musil Church
Last week, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama announced the “Let Girls Learn” initiative to focus on educating girls around the world. An estimated 62 million girls worldwide are not in school, and half of those are adolescents. These girls have diminished economic opportunities and are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, early and forced marriage, and other forms of violence, the White House said in a statement.
XPRIZE commends the initiative, as well as the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day 2015, “Make It Happen.” The Global Learning XPRIZE is striving to harness technology in order to empower the 250 million children around the world who lack basic literacy skills. Women and girls make up the majority of illiterate people on the planet, and account for 70 percent of the one billion people living in extreme poverty.
In order to “make it happen,” we need to ensure that girls get access to an education—regardless of their circumstance. Education is a basic human right, and we as a global community are failing too many girls—and by extension their families and communities. Technology is not the only solution, but it must be part of the solution. There are simply not enough teachers and schools around the world. Join us in our mission to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to take learning into their own hands.
Emily Musil Church is the Prize Manager of the Global Learning XPRIZE.