Why Does Education Matter? Ask These Global Teen Girls!

By Girl Up Teens

May 20, 2016

Every time you ‘like’ and share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per social action), up to $350,000, via the Global Moms Relay, to help improve the health and well-being of families worldwide in support of Shot@Life, Girl Up, Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, UNICEF USA and Nothing But Nets. More below!

Not all girls have the chance to go to school. Equal access to education for girls is a human right, and also the pathway to achieving progress in all other areas. Worldwide, 62 million girls are not in school.

Girl Up teen leaders are working to help make sure adolescent girls have access to quality education and complete schooling (from nursery school through high school). We asked some of these global advocates, what they wished were true for every child, everywhere. Girl Up’s work includes support for life skills classes for teen girls in Rajasthan, India aimed at helping prevent child marriage. Around the world, girls are working hard to change their lives and the lives of others around them.



Grace, 17, USA
“Girls are undervalued. That is why worldwide girls have less access to reliable healthcare, education and job opportunities. Because of this, girls, especially adolescent girls, face unique issues worldwide they really should not have to. I wish every girl was valued equally to a boy, that she is validated,respected and feels like she can accomplish anything she wants.”



Pinkal, 18, India
“Every girl needs education.”

Katie, 16, USA
“I strive for a world where every girl is educated and empowered; where her life is defined by accomplishments and happiness rather than oppression, disease, or violence. I wish for every girl to have equal opportunities for success and to be able to ignite positive change around her.”



Lesviandy, Guatemala
“My wish is that all girls can be free and happy, and that they are able to overcome all obstacles they face in life and that such obstacles do not stop them from realizing their dreams… God created us with different thoughts and purposes, even if we do not know what that purpose is. All we need to do is to take time to find it, we will find it sooner or later. Being a girl only happens once in our lifetime, so let us live it to the fullest! Remember that the best stories go back to the years of our childhood, because we laugh, we cry, we play, we get angry but soon anger and tears turn into laughing … I would also like girls of any color or race not to suffer any kind of abuse or violence because they all have the same rights. The love of children does not distinguish national borders!” 



Archna, 17, India
“The right food for good health.”



Celia, 16, USA
“I think every girl should have the opportunity to learn and grow. For too many girls, their potentials are cut tragically short by marriage, trafficking, being pulled out of school, health issues, and more. As a teenage girl who is privileged with the opportunity to attend school, participate in activities I enjoy, and be mentored by amazing people, I feel I’ve grown as a person so much over the last few years. I want girls around the world to have the free time, resources, and support to discover themselves and pursue what they love.”



Tinkal, 17, India
“Respect and love from family and society.”



Sheny, Guatemala
“I hope that every girl is cared for, motivated, trained, valued and respected… so they can grow into adolescence full of knowledge on how best to live their own lives as women, and with the same rights as men. I also hope (they learn) how they can best take care of themselves and respect other women. I hope for the end of discrimination and contempt for girls. I hope for the end of bullying against and among girls.”



Jaimeena, 18, India
“Girls must have confidence so that they can make the right decisions.”

What do you wish were true for every child, everywhere? Submit your own answer to our relay question. For every submission, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (up to $350,000) to support healthy families around the world.

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