Camfed’s Young Women Alumnae Stand #withMalala for Girls’ Education



CAMA’s Ambassadors Amplify the Global Call for Equality and Education as World Leaders Meet in New York

In the week of September 24-29, 2015, as the United Nations adopted the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, young women who were once excluded from school joined forces on the global stage to champion every girl’s right to a quality education. AngelineFiona and Abigail – three key leaders of Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network – stood with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to combat girls’ exclusion from education and empower young women across the globe. They are holding world leaders to account, and igniting action among global citizens.

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Malala’s Movie Premiere

On Thursday, 24 September, the powerful film HE NAMED ME MALALA had its premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Angeline, Fiona and Abigail joined Malala on the red carpet as ambassadors for girls’ education, igniting a movement for change. Representing the 33,111-strong CAMA network of young educated women across sub-Saharan Africa, they are showing the world the transformative power of girls’ education and young women’s leadership. Malala is using the inspiring documentary as an advocacy tool and touchpoint around the urgent need to invest in girls’ secondary education.

Watch Malala’s red carpet interview
Watch the “He Named Me Malala” trailer
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CAMA members stand with Malala at her movie premiere in New York

Photo: Daily Mail, ©WireImage

United in Front of Global Leaders

On Friday, 25 September 2015, the United Nations committed to 17 “Global Goals” to guide world action over the next 15 years, designed to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and combat climate change. These goals will only be achievable if all children receive a quality education. On Saturday, 26 September, CAMA’s leaders stood with Malala as she addressed world leaders at the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) celebrations at the United Nations in New York. Together the ambassadors are fighting to ensure that all children receive a full cycle of secondary education, and to show what is possible when you educate girls.

Watch the GEFI session with Malala

Inspiring the Stars at the Global Citizen Festival

On Saturday, 26 September, the music industry’s biggest stars (including Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay) joined the world’s humanitarian leaders at an epic music festival in Central Park, New York, designed to galvanize people across the globe to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals. Angeline, Abigail and Fiona joined Malala and her other ambassadors there to symbolize the pan-African movement of young women leaders fighting to end poverty through girls’ education, and supporting Malala’s call for investment in quality secondary education for all children.

Watch the 2015 Global Citizen Festival on YouTube

CAMA members join Malala to call for gender equity and quality education at the Global Citizen Festival

Pitching for Girls’ Education at the Social Good Summit

On Sunday, 27 September 2015, Angeline, Abigail and Fiona joined the Social Good Summit in New York City, a two-day conference which united world leaders with activists to discuss solutions for some of the biggest problems the world faces. Under the banner #2030Now, the conference shared the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, and explored what kind of world young people want to live in by 2015, and how technology can enable their vision. Angeline and Fiona gave their pitch on how we can end extreme poverty by taking action to get girls into school now.

Watch Angeline’s 60-second elevator pitch about ending poverty
Watch Fiona’s 60-second elevator pitch about ending poverty
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CAMA’s Fiona makes her 60-second pitch to end poverty at the Social Good Summit

Trinity School Welcomes CAMA Leaders

On Monday, 28 September, 450 school children at New York’s Trinity School welcomed CAMA leader and United Nations Youth Advocate Abigail Kaindu as she shared her experience of overcoming the barriers to education, and leading change for the next generation as part of the CAMA network. Abigail addressed the theme “What if things could be otherwise?” and took questions from students after her talk.

"That's the freedom I wanted and that's the freedom I want for the next generation," Abigail said as she explained how she, her grandmother and Camfed fought to make sure she received an education.

CAMA leader Abigail shares her story with Trinity School students in New York

Showing the Power of an Educated Girl

On Tuesday, 29 September at the Apollo in New York, CAMA Ambassador Abigail and Camfed’s Brooke Hutchinson attended as the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama; Julia Gillard, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education; and other activists and philanthropists engaged the public, schools, and students around girls’ education. Camfed and its CAMA alumnae created the lesson plan on gender equity for the World’s Largest Lesson about the UN’s Global Goals. It is being distributed as part of the teaching resources shared by filmmaker Richard Curtis’ Project Everyone, which wants to reach 7 billion people. The lesson was also filmed in one of Camfed Ghana’s partner schools, with students asking world leaders how they will support girls’ education.

Watch: A Learner Guide teaches gender equity at a partner school in Ghana
Watch: A global conversation on the power of educating adolescent girls

Confirming What Works in Girls’ Education

On Tuesday, 29 September, CAMA leader Fiona Mavhinga joined Julia Gillard, (Distinguished Fellow, Global Economy and Development, at the Center for Universal Education at Brookings), Rebecca Winthrop (Director, Center for Universal Education) and Gene Sperling (Former National Economic Adviser to President Clinton and President Obama) to discuss new evidence around “What works in girls’ education,” coinciding with the release of the book by the same name, co-authored by Winthrop and Sperling. It features Camfed as a model for achieving girls' education - particularly with young women leading the charge. “We need to unlock new resources to achieve girls' education, and we need to account to the girls in whose name resources are raised,” Fiona said. “Young people with an intimate understanding of poverty can shape programs and policies to reach more girls. Unleash the potential of young women leaders - girls who have defied the odds, get them to the table so they can have a voice." Julia Gillard spoke glowingly of the Camfed model, and Gene Sperling affirmed that "Camfed's model is exponential in its impact. We know this works. If only we expanded what works."

More information on “Accelerating Progress in Girls’ Education”
More information on the book "What Works in Girls' Education: Evidence for the World's Best Investment"

Fiona Mavhinga speaks about Camfed’s model of young women’s leadership for marginalized girls at Brookings

Fiona Mavhinga and Gene Sperling at the Brookings CHARGE event in New York

This is the #CAMAEffect

The young women leaders of CAMA, representing a movement already over 33,100 strong, are partnering with their communities in some of the poorest districts of sub-Saharan Africa to get girls into school, and to help them succeed and lead.

Each CAMA member supports 2-3 children not in her immediate family through school. CAMA members are advocating as local politicians, and working with national governments to support the education of marginalized girls. They are stepping up to share their stories and expertise on the global stage. They are the embodiment of the multiplier effect of one girl’s education.

We call this the #CAMAEffect, and it transforms all of our lives.

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