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Africa Has Big Plans

by Justin Fugle

Africa has big plans. It is a continent with more peaceful, stable, democratic countries than ever before. It is a continent with some of the fastest growing economies in the world. It is a continent with increasing opportunities for women and youth. And, it is still a continent with more than its share of conflict, poverty, and corruption. But it is certainly both of those things these days. Africa knows what Africa needs, and its leaders and citizens are more capable than ever.

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Michelle Obama Got It Right: Gender Equality Is about Attitudes and Beliefs

by Marcia Odell

Michelle Obama got it just right when, in her address at the Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders last Wednesday, she pointed out that when it comes to the role of girls and women in Africa, “the problem…isn’t only about resources, it’s also about attitudes and beliefs.”

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Take Action and Get More Children into School

by Nigel Chapman

Plan International CEO Nigel Chapman wrote a recent op-ed for Devex emphasizing the importance of girls’ education and why it is imperative that countries follow through on the pledges made to invest in education at the recent Global Partnership for Education Conference.

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Girls' Education: We Know What Works, But What Works Sustainably At Scale?

by Tessie San Martin

I was privileged to have been invited a few weeks back to a meeting assembled by First Lady Michelle Obama’s staff to discuss the challenges facing adolescent girls’ education. Representatives and experts from a broad range of research, advocacy, and service delivery organizations, both public and private, that focus on the issue of girls’ education convened for a lively discussion.

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Governments Cannot Ignore Young People's Right to Education

by Nigel Chapman

This is a reaction from one talented youth advocate to our new youth advocacy toolkit, launching on April 10th. At Plan, we are committed to working both with and for young people and children around the world. This means children and young people are central to our program design, development and implementation.

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Bright Futures in Ethiopia

by Tessie San Martin

A country's future are its children. Ethiopia, with more than 40% of its population under the age of 15, is a very young country, among the youngest in the world. As noted in an earlier blog, Ethiopia faces many challenges. But, for all the challenges, a trip to Miazia 23 school in one of Addis Ababa's subcities, tells you Ethiopia's future is very bright indeed.

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Celebrating the Achievements of Global Women in Management

by Plan International USA

Tomorrow, people around the world will celebrate women’s achievements. In my home country of Papua New Guinea (PNG), there has never been a more important time to highlight the progress that is being made and the important link between investing in women and strengthening community and economic development.

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Tackling Wicked Problems in Ethiopia: Getting Girls to School

by Tessie San Martin

Getting girls to attend and stay in school is another “wicked problem” being tackled by Plan in Ethiopia. As I outlined in part one of this series, wicked problems are hard to define and are unstable.

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Why We Must Increase Investment in Children’s Education in Emergencies

by Sweta Shah

We must increase investment in children’s education in states affected by conflict, such as Syria and Mali. That’s the message I’ll be taking to our partner USAID’s Education Summit this week. The Summit will bring together experts in education to share best practice around USAID’s three goals: literacy in the early years, education in conflict situations and giving young people the skills for economic success.

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‘Lean In’ and ‘Girl Rising’: Superheroes Are Not Enough

by Tessie San Martin

It wasn’t even out yet, but it seemed that it was all that blogs and pundits talked about this weekend: Sheryl Sandberg’s new book: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Sandberg is the very accomplished Facebook COO, who catapulted from being a successful female executive to becoming the face of female achievement through a series of recorded talks that went viral. Her theme: do not become an obstacle to your own success and do not be overcome by self-doubt. To quote her best known line: do not “leave before you leave.”

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The True Importance of Investing in Girls' Education

by Judithe Registre

Education is the greatest investment that a nation can make in its citizens or that a parent can make in his or her child. It is indisputable that historically marginalized groups are too often denied access to an education by those holding power. Withholding education is the most effective tool for those in power to control their citizens.

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Attending the World Premiere of Girl Rising

by Maame Yankah

March 6, 2013 not only marked Ghana's 56th Independence Day; it was also the world premiere of the feature film Girl Rising! I had an amazing opportunity, courtesy of Plan International USA, to attend this memorable event. It all began with opening remarks from Holly Gordon, Tom Yellin, and Richard Robbins. Then came the moment we had all been awaiting for: the words “Girl Rising” appeared on the screen. Narrated by incredible actresses, the stories of these nine girls unfolded beautifully on film.

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