In Bangladesh, Nusrat Chowdhury and Shahjalal Numan were staring down alarming statistics about girls—some as young as Grade 5—dropping out of school. Recognizing how essential it was for more girls to persist through secondary school, they designed a project to increase girls’ understanding of gender inequity and girls’ and women’s rights.
On the other side of the world, Charlie Pritchard-Brennan of the UK and Nayvi Pablo of Peru opted to create opportunities for girls to find and utilize their unique and powerful voices. Charlie chose to tackle this by running a debate course for 12-year-old girls; the girls have won two competitions so far. And Nayvi started a project called “Jipashkuna Power” (Girl Power) in his community, using theater to help girls express themselves by creating and performing original pieces.
The stories of Nusrat, Shahjalal, Charlie, and Nayvi represent both the diversity and universality of the challenges facing girls around the world. Their efforts to address those challenges brought them (and over 180 other leaders) to Teach For All’s 2019 Global Girls’ Education Fellowship.