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Education…. Why is it important? For us, maybe we don’t think of it as often as it is right at our fingertips. Sometimes, maybe even taken it for granted, taken the odd few days off here or there. We’ve all done it. Unfortunately for many though, education is not as easily accessible because of conflict, emergencies or denied it because of gender. Education is vitally important because school not only provides children with an academic education but also with stability, hope and a future. Being denied the right to an education deprives a child of their dreams, futures and to become the next doctors, lawyers, teachers. Education is important to me as it is closer to home. Being half Bengali, a lot of girls in Bangladesh are married at a young age, dowry’s are exchanged and infant mortality is high. One of my own aunts was married at 16, and a distant cousin was married at 13. This is what motivates me to act because being an educator myself, we need to equip children with the best possible start so that they can have the best future. By keeping children in school, especially girls, they would be more aware in the areas of prenatal care, immunisation, family planning and so on. With about 587 million children living in countries affected by crisis, 75 million of them have had their education directly affected by emergencies. (according to UNICEF). What I hope to achieve is to bring awareness about the importance of education for every child and to ensure that they all get the best start and education as possible. And as a wise girl once said, “One child, One teacher, One book and One pen can change the world”, – Malala Yousafzai, (2014).

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