‘If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”Fanti Proverb, Ghana
One of the highlights of my year at SOAS was attending a conference on ‘The Role of Diplomacy in Mobilising Momentum for Girls’ Education’ at Wilton Park in July. Alexandra Abdelwahab, Lindsay Bownik, Kamilia Amdouni and I represented our department, CISD SOAS, at the conference and contributed to the final report. We had the opportunity to engage with policymakers, education experts and development practitioners on how best to secure the political commitment from governments while engaging the community to take ownership of projects as well as find ways to incorporate the private sector in the global campaign for girls’ education.
It’s been a full circle for me – I nearly dropped out of school at 16 but was fortunate to receive support from a lady who supports girls’ education in Zimbabwe, and now I had the opportunity sit and talk to the policymakers and influencers for most of the biggest campaigns for girls education. I even got the opportunity to share my story during one of the plenary sessions, reminding all the participants of the power of supporting girls education.
I’ve been blessed with opportunities I never dreamed possible, I’ve networked with people I would have never been able to meet and I feel like I’m just getting started. This all stemmed from the women in my life who invested in my education. I hope the report will materialize and change the lives of many girls who, just like me, need someone to invest in them.
Front: Kamilia, Alex, Musa, Lindsey | Back: Dr. Dan Plesch, Dr. Simon Rofe