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Students from the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls write about education

NEW YORK, 6 February 2013 – Recently, a group of students from the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls who had learned about the tragic events in Pakistan that had left 14-year old Malala severely wounded wrote to The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) expressing their solidarity, outrage and passion for education. Today we’d like to introduce you to each of these girls and their thoughts on education. Rain
Rain Maya Lezama, ten years old

Why did you write this letter? Because it is not fair that some people only let boys go to school.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a violinist and an artist.

Excerpt from the letter: “It is not fair that girls can’t go to school. Even though people think boys are smarter than girls, they are wrong about that. Girls are just as smart as boys and deserve equal chances. We deserve to go to school. But we deserve to go to school to learn how to write, read, do math, spell and learn about the world. I am saying this because learning is power and in my world everyone has the right to go to school. Girls shouldn’t learn at school how to cook or how to be a good wife, we have the right to learn more. Girls also shouldn’t be forced to get married at age 12 and have children at age 14 or 15.”

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Brianna Guillen, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? Because girls deserve an education.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a doctor.

Excerpt from the letter: “Girls should go to school because all girls deserve an education. Girls were not meant to be servants. Many girls including myself want to change the world. Many girls die because some people are very careless about girls’ education. There is more to girls than just working and being in the house. Girls can be majors and presidents if they have a good education.”

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Amanda Ramirez, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? Because I am a girl who goes to school and I feel bad about other girls who can’t.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a teacher or work for the United Nations.

Excerpt from the letter: “Girls can change the world. One girl almost died from standing up for the rights of girls. That is not good. Girls are not just people you see cooking and cleaning. We are ready to change the world! We need good education because without knowing what is happening how are we going to change it? Girls need an education and they need to know a girl can change the world.”


Sonia Rodriguez, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? Because I feel bad for girls who don’t have an education.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Doctor, I want to go around the world and treat girls and help them be healthy.

Excerpt from the letter: “I feel special and lucky to have the International Day of the Girl Child. That’s how I feel because not that many girls have the same power to go to school and have a good education like us. International Day of the Girl Child is important because we should celebrate how lucky we are to have the gift of freedom. When I say freedom I don’t mean any freedom. I mean us girls have the opportunity to have a good education.”

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Princess Rodriguez, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? Doesn’t matter your gender – all girls have the right to go to school. They shouldn’t have to sit around the house and clean.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A tourist, travel all around the world and discover new things.

Excerpt from the letter: “It is very sad that girls cannot speak up for themselves. These girls are just very desperate to go to school. I want their dreams to come true.”

 
Meslye Rodriguez, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? Girls should grow up and be who they want to be and follow their dreams.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor, a singer, a dancer.

Excerpt from the letter: “I am furious because of all the things that girls have to go through. Now I am telling you that I want you to help the girls that can’t go to school. Also, I am tired of girls having to get married at an early age and I am tired of girls having kids at an early age”

 
Imari David, ten years old

Why did you write this letter? It is not fair that some girls don’t have education, how can we help them?

What do you want to do when you leave Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls Charter School? I want to go to college in Massachusetts.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Get a job and be president.

Excerpt from the letter: “I want to have more schools built because there are more girls coming to our world. There should be more schools for kids… If no girls have a good education, then how will we have good schools?”

 
Ericka Familia, 9 years old  

Why did you write this letter? More girls should go to school so they can become professionals.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Judge

Excerpt from the letter: “In a lot of places in the world, girls aren’t allowed to go to school because people think that we don’t have power.” … “When girls in Pakistan do [not] go to school, they only learn how to do chores around the house instead of learning how to read and write. Something that really shocks me is that a girls in Pakistan was shot because she told someone that all girls should get an education.”


Nya Paulino, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? Education for girls is the most important topic in the entire universe. It is important for girls to go to school because if girls are not educated communities will not have the best representation.

What do you want to do when you leave Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls Charter School? Go to Harvard, then to law school, then become a lawyer.

Excerpt from the letter:“Also, if a girl stands up for what she believes in, people shouldn’t hurt that girl” … “Some girls don’t get to be what they want to be. Some girls wanted to be artists. But they couldn’t because they have to work. I am lucky to be free.”

 
Gabriella Perez, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? Not fair if only boys get education; girls need to work and get education so they can be who they want to be.

What do you want to be when you grow up? An artist or work at a nail salon or as a hair dresser.

Excerpt from the letter: “It does not matter what your gender is. The thing that is important is to go to school… If you don’t go to school you won’t be smart. Over 77 million girls dream about going to school.”


Amaya Lopez, 9 years old  

Why did you write this letter? Girls should know more.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A model, a dancer, or singer

Excerpt from the letter: “I feel furious because girls have the right to do what they want and be what they want. I think girls should have a better education and girls should do what they wish to do which is to make a change. I think we all could make a change by … building homes and schools for kids to have an education and learn different.”


Laylah Garcia, 9 years old  

Why did you write this letter? Because when you grow up you can’t be who you want to be without an education.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A dentist or an artist.

Excerpt from the letter: “Girls should be strong, confident, and they have to stand up for themselves.” … I know that you girls out there want to have a better life and your dreams. Please think about that.”

 
Anaya Jourdain, 9 years old  

Why did you write this letter? Why is it important for girls to go to school? Girls should have the equal opportunity to attend school. It is important because most girls learn what they love to do when they are in school.

What do you want to do in the future? Go to Yale or Harvard and become a veterinarian or an artist.

Excerpt from the letter: “I am angry and furious because if girls do not go to school they won’t learn their passion. For example, when I wasn’t in school I didn’t know what I was good at, but when I went to school I learned what I was good at which is math… Also, I think girls should go to school because if they go to school, the country’s wealth increases …. I think that girls should get educated because the more they learn the more power they get. They get power because knowledge is power.”

Karen Flores, 9 years old  

Why did you write this letter? It’s important for girls to get education so they can become better people.

What do you want to do in the future? Go to Harvard and become a violinist.

Excerpt from the letter: “I think that the International Day of the Girl Child is important because some girls do not have the opportunity to have an education and this day makes them feel important.” … “I also think that girls should not be forced to get married with a person that they don’t know or that might hurt them.”

 
Chelsea Mendez, 9 years old

What do you want to be when you grow up? A violinist

Excerpt from the letter: “Boys aren’t only strong, girls are too. In different countries other governments feel that girls aren’t smart… I feel that the International Day of the Girl Child is very important. I think you should make it so more girls go to school.”


Kaelani Quiles, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? It’s important for girls to go to school so that later on they can get a good job.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Go to an Ivy League college and help cure diseases.

Excerpt from the letter: “Women and girls should have the same rights as men. The girl in Pakistan had a dream that girls in the work should be educated. I have the same dream.”


Miosotis McClanahan, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? My teacher inspired me to write this letter and to write to the men in Pakistan. All girls should have equal opportunity as boys.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Go to Harvard and become a judge.

Excerpt from the letter:“Dear men in Pakistan, I think it’s important to stay in school because we are too young to stop our dream of going to school. Your children need you to help them…don’t let your children give up their dreams.… Some important things in our community are to finish your education and find the path of leadership.”

 
Lohv Hohenkirk, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? Girls deserve to learn because if we learn we can get jobs and go to college.

What do you want to do when you grow up? I want to go to the University of Pennsylvania and become a doctor.

Excerpt from the letter: “Girls should learn because ‘they should not learn’ would be the wrong thing to say to a young girl. Everyone should be helping girls to learn because having a pretty face doesn’t mean we can’t learn. Between learning and being pretty, I would choose learning any day.”


Samaiya Artis, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? It’s not fair if girls cannot go to school. I don’t like the peopl who do that to girls.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a lawyer.

Excerpt from the letter: “I am angry because girls are not allowed to go to school.”… “Also, many girls are poor and when they don’t go to school they have to stay home and do all of the chores.”


Seela Camara, 9 years old

Why did you write this letter? More women need an education so there are more women lawyers, judges and police officers. If there were more women in these roles, the world would be a better place.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Go to an Ivy League college, then culinary school and become a chef.

Excerpt from the letter: “It is very important to have the day of the girl child and I am mad that people are discriminating [against] girls.” … “People should get together and take a stand.”… “I wrote this letter to inform you that we must help the girls that need help.”


Giana Ross, ten years old

Why did you write this letter? I am really upset that some girls in Pakistan cannot go to school and get and education.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A teacher because I want to help girls learn. Or a singer.

Excerpt from the letter: “I think girls all over the world should be allowed to go to school. I also don’t think they should get married at 11 years old or when they are teens, it is not right at all.”

 


 

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