In many parts of the world, the education of girls is not only low priority, it is often discouraged or even forbidden. My colleauge, Ingrid Peschke, writing for the December 5, 2016 edition of the Christian Science Monitor, highlights the link between education and global prosperity. Her own experiences as a teacher led her to embrace prayer as a solution to helping her students overcome obstacles to learning and progress. Here’s Ingrid:
As a new teacher of 9- and 10-year-olds in the Texas public school system many years ago, I was profoundly aware of the large gap between my students and those in the mainstream classes. My English as a second language class was made up of immigrant students, many of whose parents hadn’t completed their high school education and didn’t speak English themselves. I’d prayed to know how best to help them.
So it was heartwarming when one of my students found me on Facebook recently – several decades after I’d taught her – to share that she had graduated from college with a professional degree. That was a happy day!
There need to be many more such outcomes. For instance, a new United Nations report claims that 10-year-old girls are key to global prosperity, citing their education as a top factor (see “Why 10-year-old girls can lift the world,” CSMonitor.com). But girls – as well as women, men, and boys – too often face obstacles to learning and progress in their lives….