I wake up everyday, go to my classes, do my assignments, study etc. and repeat. September to June that's what my life will consist of for the next 4 years. That's essentially what my life has consisted of for all my life, disregarding everything outside of my school life.
What about those who don't have the opportunity to go to school?
Now I'm not here to shame anyone for complaining about being in school. I'm the number one complainer when it comes to that, but it just made me curious about how different my life could be.
57 million. 70 million. 264 million. The number of kids who don't attend school has slowly grown.
Many girls specifically don't get the chance to go to school because of gender inequality in countries around the world.
There's so many reasons why kids don't get the chance to go to school: displacement because of war, gender, child labor, few resources, distance, expenses. The list goes on.
I recently came across a campaign in Ethiopia designed to get girls in school. The "Tibeb Girls Project" is a cartoon show about three young girls who use their superpowers to combat the injustices that girls face in their country everyday. The creator works hard to get the program distributed throughout the country and works to make sure that young girls get the opportunity to see it. She described how so many of the girls that she gets the opportunity to show it to have tears in their eyes by the end because of how real the situations are for them.
Other organizations have also introduced and worked on similar projects.
As I close out my school year, and head into the summer I wonder about all of the other things that I probably take for granted everyday. Sometimes a reality check is much needed. Something that may seem as simple as a TV show for me, could be someone else's entire world and hope.