Lessons via Satellite Bring New Meaning to Distance Education

A UK initiative is seeking to change teaching methodologies and streamline curriculum across the Greater Accra region in an attempt to empower girls to own their education. UK’s DFID has teamed up with the UK private sector bring solar-powered computers to classrooms, which will deliver math and English lessons via satellite that are taught remotely by teachers in the capital.

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Norway’s Child Bride: A Fake Story with Real Impact

Leading up to her wedding day on Oct 11, Thea was just your average bride-to-be. According to updates on her blog, she sampled wedding cakes, tried on dresses and questioned what her new married life would bring. The one, not-so subtle difference was that Thea was in the seventh grade and Gier, her husband-to-be, was 25 years her senior.

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Banana Fibre Pads Tackle Menstruation Taboo in East Africa

In Kenya, two Bachelor of Education students from Kabarak University have come up with a simple, locally-developed idea that has the power to change women’s lives. Ivy Etemesi and Paul Ntikoisa created Photo3a sanitary pad made out of fibres from banana trees. The pad is created by isolating the soft inner stems of the banana tree, washing them to remove impurities, and softening them into a fine fibre.

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HeForShe – Gender Inequality as a Human Rights Issue

It is often the most well-known ideas that need an innovative approach. In recent years, feminism has received its fair share of criticism and negative press. Critiques have ranged from the negative interpretations and appropriations of the movement to questions as to whether it remains relevant and useful in our modern age. Yet, no matter how you may view feminism, …

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Young ‘Sheros’ are Making a Difference, One Step at a Time

  This article celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, 2014.   Think of Malala Yousafzai, the teen-aged Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school, and you’ll be envisioning a ‘shero’. That’s my word for a young woman who is mightier than the oppressors who would deny her an education. Malala is …

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Grain Tools Help Women in Senegal Thrive

In sub-Saharan Africa, 20% of the annual grain harvest is lost due in part to ancient processing methods. Women and girls often spend several hours each day threshing millet with a mortar and pestle and then wind winnowing to separate the grain from the chaff. Compatible Technology International developed three a suite of three tools that capture 90% of the grain.

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