Plan International Global Ambassador Freida Pinto is fronting the World’s Largest Lesson on Gender Equality on Tuesday 29 September.
The lesson, which will use teaching aids supplied by Plan International, will help children understand what the term gender equality means in everyday life, the consequences and causes of gender inequality and how to promote gender equality. The event, also supported by UNICEF, will be held in classrooms on every continent during the week of 28 September.
Some 105 Ministries of Education have signed up to support the World’s Largest Lesson, meaning a potential 550 million girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 14 will have the chance to learn about the Global Goals, which are also known as the Sustainable Development Goals. These range from ending extreme poverty for all people everywhere and achieving gender equality, to tackling climate change, and giving all children the opportunity to gain a quality primary and secondary education. Government leaders and ministers from a number of countries will be teaching and participating in lessons.
Global message goes out
The World’s Largest Lesson is part of the Global Goals campaign which aims to reach 7 billion people in 7 days with news of the Global Goals of Sustainable Development. The campaign, founded by film writer-director Richard Curtis, aims to both make the goals famous and to push for their full implementation. If the goals are well known and people care about what has been promised by the politicians, it greatly increases their chance of being implemented.
Freida Pinto says: "If all girls and boys learn about gender equality, we can expect a more gender-sensitised world which will reduce crimes against women and girls and help grow respect for every human alive. And then, we can have that truly prosperous world that we dream of having.”
Inspiring young girls
Using Plan International’s award-winning film ‘I’ll Take it From Here’, which focuses on the importance of education for girls, Tuesday’s lesson aims to channel students’ positive energies and help them believe that they are not helpless, that change is possible and that they can make it happen.
“For the first time ever it is possible to end extreme poverty in our lifetime – it is within our grasp, if we invest in adolescent girls to release their potential,” said Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Plan International’s CEO.
“Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign has shown that girls can break the inter-generational cycle of poverty if they can claim their rights and their voices are heard.”