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Film screening - Rising Voices: Raising Yusriya

The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and UNICEF will host a screening of Rising Voices: Raising Yusriyaon the occasion of the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place 1-12 March 2010 at the United Nations in New York.

Time & Venue:
Tuesday, 9 March @ 1PM, Danny Kaye Visitor Centre, UNICEF House, 3 UN Plaza, New York

Description of the film:
In upper Egypt, community schools have emerged as a strong example of how child-friendly school approaches have provided access and quality education to the children of the rural farming village of Abu Teeg, especially for girls.

Thirteen year-old Yusriya began school four years ago when Abu Teeg opened a single classroom in her village. Yusriya's portrait features a common story for this village: her parents are uneducated, and her older brothers have some schooling, having been allowed to attend a formal government school. Yusriya's older sisters were not allowed to attend due to the distance. Community mobilization and strong support from the ministry, UNICEF and other partners address the needs of the village and provide it with the sanitation facilities, curricula and motivated teachers that help it prosper.  Girls in Abu Teeg are being educated for the very first time, providing them with confidence and ambition that allow them to dream of better lives for themselves and their families.

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