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May 1, 2015

Educate a Girl winners spread awareness of Earth Day

Humaira Anwar getting a certificate
Humaira Anwar getting a certificate

"In Pakistan, we have very little knowledge on climate change topic and we never relate climate change topic to poverty and women empowerment but in fact it plays a vital role in it," says Humaira Anwar, 216th winner of an Educate a Girl scholarship, "Feeling this lackness, at the suggestion of Dawood Global Foundation, some of us Educate a Girl winners decided to get together and promote Earth Day and spread awareness on climate."

"We wrote blog entries, tweeted and facebooked about climate change, as well as submitted articles for publication in newspapers," added Jaweria Ali, 25th winner of an Educate a Girl scholarship who funded the scholarship for Marwa Malick, 316th EAG scholarship winner.

"It felt great to make a difference. In fact, we felt like stars," stated Syeda Afiffa Batool, 208th winner of an Educate a Girl scholarship, who posed with some of the other girls holding up "stars."

Educate a Girl - mission 1000 - has funded 683 girls to become journalists so far, in partnership with the Institute of Journalism, UNDP-GEF-SGP and British Council.  250 girls have received vocational completion certificates so far, 40 of which were taught by BBC-award winning journalist Alex Preston and 200 of which were taught Climate Change by a panel of the UNDP-GEF-SGP led by multiple-award winning environmental expert Masood Lohar. 30 girls also went through two additional workshop trainings on Tips to Success and How to Be a Mompreneur or Momprofessional that were set up by our Foundation.

Now, the girls are going on to train each other and inspire one another to make a difference like this Earth Day awareness campaign.  Their next project is Zumba for Education where the scholars are gathering fitness-loving philanthropists together to exercise with 100% of proceeds to Educate a Girl.

Girls like Humaira, Jaweria and Afiffa are making this effort because they appreciate the learning they received because you, their Donor, believed in them, and know that together, we can transform lives.  

EAG scholars appreciated as Stars
EAG scholars appreciated as Stars
Learning can be fun for our girls!
Learning can be fun for our girls!
UNDP-GEF-SGP teaching climate to EAG scholars
UNDP-GEF-SGP teaching climate to EAG scholars
EAG Scholar Syeda Afiffa Batool
EAG Scholar Syeda Afiffa Batool
Jaweria Ali is now a local celebrity & newscaster
Jaweria Ali is now a local celebrity & newscaster
Feb 10, 2015

Educate a Girl partners with British Council

Top Educate a Girl Students at British Council
Top Educate a Girl Students at British Council

Educate a Girl has partnered with British Council and begun training the top girls with (BBC awarded) UK based journalist and author Alex Preston.  Alex came to Karachi and met with 45 of the top students (311 have graduated this course so far) and taught them for two hours in the use of subjective tense, importance of keeping ownership of your voice, simplicity of words, asking inviting questions and so forth.  The girls were given certificates by British Council.  The course was videotaped to share with other students.

This invaluable additional training is organized by Dawood Global Foundation and British Council without any additional costs to Educate a Girl donors.

The 5 best students from this course will be selected for further training in Europe.

To date, almost 600 deserving girls have been funded through Educate a Girl to become journalists.

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Nov 18, 2014

Educate a Girl so she can Educate another Girl!

Jaweria Ali (on right) with Girl #316 Marwah Malik
Jaweria Ali (on right) with Girl #316 Marwah Malik

 

 

"I want to educate a girl out of my paycheque," stated Jaweria Ali, Educate a Girl Winner #25.  Jaweria today is a News Anchor on HTV Pakistan and has become a local celebrity when just a few months ago she had great potential, but no job and limited options.  "Winning the Educate a Girl scholarship has changed my life for the better and I want to do the same for another girl."

And so she did.  Jaweria funded a scholarship for Educate a Girl Winner #316 Marwah Malik, changing her life for the better.  Today, Marwah is studying to be a journalist at the Institute of Journalism, but she is determined to get a great job and one day educate another girl.  

See them both in the below video:

http://tinyurl.com/ox9t3af

To date, almost 450 scholarships have been funded out of our mission to educate 1000 deserving girls in Karachi. Out of the 254 girls who have graduated, 2 girls so far have donated scholarships from their paycheques and many others have gotten great jobs and become vital contributors to society.

Although we have a transparent one donor one recipient platform for just $100, please feel free to participate in any amount and your contributions go toward making a difference.  To date, all global giving donations have been matched to deserving girls and we need your help in spreading the word so that more people can join us and we can become a permanent member of this great site.

Together, we can change lives.

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