The NGO Plan International launches petition to “50,000 hands for the education of girls”
by FP | 13 octobre 2014 7 h 00 min
On the occasionof the International Dayof theGirl, October 11, the NGO Plan InternationalSolidaritylaunched thepetitionto “50,000 handsforgirls’ education,” available on the Internet.This petitionhas already been signedby actors, journalists and singers whoalso agreedto be photographedthe “hands” gesture ofofficialcampaigninitiated byPlan Internationalin 2012According to the NGOrallyingtoday ‘huistill, over 65 million girlsdo not have accessto school.Also, throughthis petition, the public andthe personalitiessignatoriescall on internationalbodiesand governments tomake the right toeducation for girlsa priority.In this action,Plan Internationalhas chosen asambassador, journalistandco-presenter ofGrandSoir (France 3), Patricia Loison. Shewas kind enough toanswer our questions.
Whatpromptedyou to jointhe side ofthe NGO PlanInternational ?
For me, the cause of girls’ educationisvery important, especiallybeinga mother myselfoftwo daughters.I alsocommittedbecause I seea certainnormalizationof the casein the life ofevery day andeven in the media. It is important toraise awareness aboutthe factthat even today, all the girlsdo not have thisessential right. So whenthe NGOhas asked me tobetheirambassador, I did nothesitate for a moment.
How do you explainthe factthat there are stillmore than 65million girlswho do not haveaccess to school ?
This figurealone explainsthe difficultythatliesaroundgirls’ education. Theyhave, for themost part,want to goto school,buta question of money, distance, family support, they areprivate.While it hasbeenproven that ayounggirl out of schoolbrings moneyto the country andthenhas the ability tobuild a betterlife.We mustensure thatfor familiessending girlsto schoolis no longera constraint.
Donot you thinkthat the issue ofgirls’ education, mustalsogo through aworkon attitudes ?
Ahyes, Ithink the workon attitudes isessential andthat,from an earlyage.!And the NGOPlan Internationalis working onthis aspect, especially in schools. Indeed,through education, the organizationteaches childrenthat they have rights: to be safe,to be fedand goto school.They aregirlsorboys!Childrenneed to know therights andpass on to theirfriend(s)and theirparents.These childrenare the actorsof these changes fortheir own future.