Editor,

Education is crucial to building a better world, and it’s necessary for both women and men to receive an education. According to The World Bank there are 130 million girls out of school between the ages 6 and 17, and education is most difficult for girls to receive in Sub-Saharan Africa, in countries like South Sudan, Central African Republic, Niger. The cause being a variety of issues ranging from cultural norms to poverty. Harmful views on ‘a women’s role in being a wife, and a mother’ that still exist in today’s world have got to change. It is absolutely critical that in educating girls, we are educating the future leaders of the world.

Kelly Mou

Palo Alto

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craigwiesner

Thank you! One of the great joys of running our shop in San Mateo is that we sell crafts made in a community in Guatemala brought to us through a Santa Cruz nonprofit called Limitless Horizons Ixil (LHI). Part of the money from those sales goes directly to helping girls go to school. This year LHI kicked off a project to build a High School for girls because even with funding girls didn't feel safe enough to go to mostly male high schools. I think one of the key ways we can build a more peaceful future for our planet is to work to make sure all children get a good education. Knowledge is power.

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