25 September 2009, Issue No. 29 - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visits The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem in New York City

Issue No. 29,  25 September 2009
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Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visits The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem in New York City

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Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan speaks to students about the importance of education, during a special assembly at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem in New York City. A banner bearing the UNGEI logo is behind her.

An audience with the Queen: Students of The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem recount visit with UNGEI Global Honorary Chair, Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan

NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2009 - For Celines Diaz, Diusilla Ollennu, Janet Vidal, and Kasia Reyes, Monday, 21 September was a memorable day.  The four twelfth graders were among the 100 students at the Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem (TYWLS) who attended an event at their school on the importance of girls’ education with the newly-appointed Global Honorary Chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman.

During the event, H.M. Queen Rania and Ms. Veneman visited classrooms and then addressed and took questions from a 100-student assembly. They ended the visit with a visit to the library equipped with computers where H.M. Queen Rania showed the girls how their voices can be heard through the 1Goal campaign.

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Girls’ Education Facts & Figures

  • According to the 2009 EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR), some 75 million children of primary school age were not enrolled in school in 2006, more than half of them (55 percent) girls.
  • Globally, 53 per cent of out-of-school girls have never been to school, compared with 36 per cent of out-of-school boys. In other words, just over half the girls who were not enrolled in school in 2006 had never been enrolled in school and might never go to school without additional incentives.
  • In 2006, of the 176 countries with data, 59 had achieved gender parity in both primary and secondary education – 20 countries more than in 1999. At the primary level, about two-thirds of countries had achieved parity.
  • In 2006, only 37 per cent of countries worldwide have achieved gender parity at secondary level.
  • Reducing the gender gap paves the way to a more democratic, balanced and stable society.

Source: UNGEI Factsheet, September 2009


21 September 2009:
The visit of H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan to The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem.

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