International Day of the Girl Child
In the flurry of “International day of the….” events currently appearing, there seems to be a day for everything. But today being the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl Child seems something really worth celebrating and making note of. Those that follow this blog will know that I support, in any way I possibly can, Swawou – a small school in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Today I take my hat off to them.
In times when inspiration can be hard to find through the quagmire of current events, to work with and see the girls at Swawou School is truly inspirational. The school team, headed by Aunty Bintu, and supported by the local community and Ahmed Jaward and Musa Konneh, gives the girls an amazing springboard into their future. It is wonderful to think that Sierra Leone and the world as a whole is going to be a better place because of these amazing young women. They are taught the meaning of right and wrong and to think independently, questioning everything that comes their way. At the moment the school is only primary level and recently, when some recent graduates of the school arrived at the secondary school, they were chastised for standing up to a corrupt system that even reaches down to the schools, because they could not believe that it was fair. They were just twelve years old.
So today I raise a cheer for our future in all these bright stars and may they make our world a better place.