Why Girls’ Education Matters

Girls_edThe Farmington Main Library will host Wendy Swift, Vice President of Pathways Togo, on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, for a presentation and showing of the UN documentary film, To Educate a Girl. This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the main library at 6 Monteith Drive.

“Why Girls’ Education Matters” focuses on one of the most important issues of our time; the education of girls worldwide. In Nancy Gibb’s article, To Fight Poverty, Invest in Girls, published in Time Magazine, 2011, she notes that investing in girls is the smart thing to do, “Girls who stay in school for seven or more years typically marry four years later and have two fewer children than girls who drop out. Fewer dependents per worker allows for greater economic growth.” This program will include a viewing of the documentary, To Educate a Girl; a film created by filmmakers Frederick Rendina and Oren Rudavsky who traveled to Nepal and Uganda to learn more about initiatives that are currently in place to help promote girls education where it is critically needed. If you would like to learn more about the role of girls’ education in eradicating global poverty, please join us for an inspiring film and discussion.

Pathways Togo joins international efforts to improve the quality of life for families in Togo through four programs that directly target our most potent, untapped resource: women. By providing scholarships, life skills training, mentoring opportunities, and small-scale community improvement grants, Pathways Togo embraces the vision: educating women, empowering the world.

This event is free and open to the public; advanced registration is required for this program. Please call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library’s web site at http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org. 

The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.  If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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