“More girls today are attending and completing school, fewer are getting married or becoming mothers while still children, and more are gaining the skills they need to excel in the future world of work…Girls are proving they are unscripted and unstoppable.” (un.org)
Back in 2017, we introduced you to Marjorie. Marjorie lives in the indigenous village of Aniwás in the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in Nicaragua. Later that year, in our 40th Anniversary Annual Report, Marjorie shyly graced page two, rice husker in hand. We told you about her household obligations —she hauls water, she does laundry in the river for her family, she cooks, she takes care of her little brother, she shucks rice. And we told you about the new Secondary School that would allow her to continue her studies beyond grade six.
This fall, we once again met Marjorie — this time in a classroom of that Aniwás Secondary School we told you about. She still smiled shyly, but this time it was with a digital tablet in hand as she learned to navigate the content on a Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning (RACHEL).
Today, on the International Day of the Girl Child, we celebrate achievements by, with, and for girls and the momentum gained by, with, and for girls like Marjorie — Unscripted and Unstoppable girls!