• Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop a global partnership for development

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Girl Effect

Did you know that 72 million children do not attend school and that the majority of them are girls. Want to change the world? Give these girls the opportunity to go to school and to get an education. CARE says: "When girls gain basic skills like reading and writing, they grow up to earn twice as much money as their peers without education. They have fewer, healthier children. And they are more likely to reinvest their earnings in their families and communities."

Watch a cool CARE video called The Girl Effect by clicking here.

Of course, the same holds true here in America. Invest in education, in providing literacy training, in giving children the opportunities that many of us take for granted. Nothing is more life transforming, individually and systemically, than basic education. That is why it is one of the Millennium Development Goals (#2, behind ending poverty and hunger).

It is the beginning of a new school year here in America. As you drive your child to school, or watch him or her get on the bus, think about the incredible gift that they receive each day. And then think about the fact that millions of children will never receive that gift - unless we do something about it.

Learn more at CARE.org.

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