The Right To Play virtual event opens up the national challenge of raising awareness of girls’ education as a development priority for Canada.

Take part in the # Rally4GirlsEd Challenge from February 11th to 18th, 2021. Show your support for the importance of global girls’ education by posting a photo on your social media telling the story of an inspirational woman or girl who encouraged you to continue your education and be a committed global citizen. Remember to tag @RightToPlayCAN and use # Rally4GirlsEd.

Take part in the # Rally4GirlsEd Challenge from February 11th to 18th, 2021. Show your support for the importance of global girls’ education by posting a photo on your social media telling the story of an inspirational woman or girl who encouraged you to continue your education and be a committed global citizen. Remember to tag @RightToPlayCAN and use # Rally4GirlsEd.

Girls Education Rally Forum (clockwise from top left): TSN's Kayla Gray, The Honorable Karina Gould, Secretary of State for International Development, WNBA and Canadian Basketball Player and Ambassador for the Right to Play, Kayla Alexander, and Right To Play CEO , Susan McIsaac.Girls Education Rally Forum (clockwise from top left): TSN’s Kayla Gray, The Honorable Karina Gould, Secretary of State for International Development, WNBA and Canada Basketball Player, and Right To Play Ambassador Kayla Alexander, and Right To Play CEO , Susan McIsaac.

Girls Education Rally Forum (clockwise from top left): TSN’s Kayla Gray, The Honorable Karina Gould, Secretary of State for International Development, WNBA and Canadian Basketball Player and Ambassador for the Right to Play, Kayla Alexander, and Right To Play CEO , Susan McIsaac.

Toronto, ON, February 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Students from 13 universities and colleges across Canada gathered yesterday afternoon at Right To Play’s Global Affairs Canada-sponsored Rally for Girls Education to raise awareness and To mobilize Canadians to support every girl’s right to learn worldwide.

The event was hosted by TSN’s Kayla Gray and included appearances by WNBA and Canada basketball player, Right To Play Ambassador Kayla Alexander, Right To Play CEO Susan McIsaac, and the Honorable Karina Gould, Minister for International Development. The event highlighted the complex and multi-layered barriers to education girls face worldwide and also served as the prelude to a week-long social media challenge.

From February 11-18, 2021, Right To Play is calling on Canadians to post a photo and story of an inspiring woman or girl in their life on social media that has encouraged them to continue their education and become globally Get involved with # Rally4GirlsEd. Students and alumni of Canadian universities who participated in yesterday’s event can also register for the challenge at http://www.righttoplay.ca/rally4girls. There they can join a college team and post contributions to earn points for their school.

The story goes on

Right To Play is funded by the Canadian government through Global Affairs Canada and implements the Gender Responsive Education and Transformation (GREAT) program in Ghana, Mozambique and Rwanda. GREAT works to improve girls’ learning outcomes and leadership skills by breaking down barriers and improving access to quality education through gender-specific playful activities and classroom practices.

“We are very proud and grateful to be working with a partner like Global Affairs Canada,” said Susan McIsaac, CEO of Right To Play. “With the ongoing pandemic and school closings around the world, we need commitment, innovation and foresight to ensure that children and adolescents – especially girls – continue to have access to quality education as well as to the knowledge and skills that they need to protect themselves and realize their rights. “

In many parts of the world, the disruption of classes, coupled with the economic impact of COVID-19, has led to an increase in child labor, as girls’ time is disproportionately devoted to housework and their rights are threatened by child marriage and early pregnancy – all Factors This increases the likelihood that girls and young women will return to school in the long term.

In response, the GREAT program has adapted activities to ensure children’s safety and learning. For example, Right To Play is working with the Ministry of Education in Mozambique to develop daily playful educational activities for broadcast on national television that are aligned with the school curriculum and address the different needs of girls and boys. The organization is also developing mental health and psychosocial support resources to empower Right To Play trained teachers and trainers through no- and low-tech solutions such as: B. the dissemination of messages on child protection and gender rights in the community via socially distant megaphone pressure-sensitive adhesives. GREAT has also provided child safety tips to parents and caregivers via text messages and WhatsApp messages to complement the work of school and community-based programs, including preventing child, early and forced marriage, and ensuring girls return to school safely.

While progress has been made to ensure that all girls have access to quality education, poverty and crisis – including the COVID-19 health crisis – threatens to drive back hard-won gains. For this reason, Right To Play is asking students and Canadians to get involved, speak out in support of this problem and join forces to create # Rally4GirlsEd.

“This is vital for all of us, as girls’ education has far-reaching benefits that go beyond a classroom, community or country,” says McIsaac. “When girls are better educated, they marry later, have higher incomes, play a bigger role in decision-making, and have better health for themselves and their children. In short, investing in girls’ education will strengthen the economy, reduce inequality and lead to better health outcomes. We knew this long before COVID-19 and we cannot allow the pandemic to wipe out any critical advances and any positive impact on the horizon. “

ADDITIONAL QUOTES:

“There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had a direct impact on young women and their right to quality education. The pandemic has also exacerbated the risks they face on a daily basis as schools are more than just a place to study. Schools often provide a safe environment for girls to learn, bond with friends, and develop into young adults. We will continue to defend the right of all children, especially the most vulnerable, to go to school and receive the education they deserve. ” – Karina Gould, Minister for International Development

“I am proud to be part of the girls education rally because I believe we have a responsibility to keep the conversation about education among girls and young women around the world at the forefront, even if the issues are not so feel. ” We are directly affected here in Canada. Education is a human right and something we must keep fighting for, especially for girls because they are our next generation of leaders. ” – Kayla Gray, TSN

“I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I were denied access to the same school as the boys and men. I don’t think I would be where I am today. It’s so important for girls have access to quality education because we all know that knowledge is power … For the # Rally4GirlsEd Challenge, I’m going to share one of my female heroes, her name is Madame Cossette, who was my class 1-2 teacher, I had two of them For years and Madame Cossette is why I went to Syracuse University and got my degree in Education to be a teacher, she was nice, she encouraged us to be creative and always asking and asking questions forever grateful for her … for the impact she has had on my life. ”- Kayla Alexander, WNBA, Canada Basketball and Right To Play Ambassador

NOTE TO THE EDITOR:

Time code of the speaker’s appearances in Live event recoding::

02:50 – Right to play land confirmation

8:00 AM – Comments from Susan McIsaac, CEO of Right To Play

15:40 – Q&A with Minister Karina Gould

29:45 – All-female panel photo op

30:50 – Comments from Kayla Alexander, WNBA, Basketball Canada & Right To Play Ambassador

37:40 – gallery view

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About Gender Education and Transformation (GROSS)

Our work on tele-schooling in Mozambique is part of the Gender Responsive Education and Transformation program. In 2018, Right To Play launched the GREAT (Gender Responsive Education and Transformation) program with the financial support of the Canadian government through Global Affairs Canada. Active in three countries, Ghana, Mozambique and Rwanda, GREAT uses Right To Play’s game-based approach to learning to break down educational barriers, especially for girls, and to build teacher capacities to improve learning outcomes.

About the right to play

Right To Play is a global organization that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity through the power of play. We reached 12 million children around the world in the past year through personal and remote methods in some of the most difficult and dangerous places in the world to help them stay and graduate, resist exploitation and prejudice to overcome, prevent disease, and cure from war and war abuse. More information is available at www.righttoplay.ca

Attachments

CONTACT: Kyla Pearson Gaming Rights kpearson@righttoplay.com Guillaume Dumas Office of the Minister for International Development | Cabinet of the Ministry of International Development guillaume.Dumas@international.gc.ca

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