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Girl Rising screening May 9th to benefit CTL Scholarship Fund

Posted Wed May 01, 2013 by Anonymous

You are invited to attend a discussion and film screening of Girl Rising in New York, details below. Connect To Learn's School-To-School Connections partner Friends Seminary School is hosting the event, with all proceeds from the suggested donation entry fee going toward Connect To Learn multi-year scholarships for girls in Uganda. At the screening, you'll have an opportunity to learn from local students about the Friends Seminary 9th grade service learning project and learn  about Friends' collaboration with Kisyoro Secondary School in Uganda and Connect To Learn. If you have already seen the film or can’t make this screening time, you can still make a contribution toward Connect To Learn scholarships for girls in Africa here on our site.

The film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries who have all overcome extraordinary odds to stay in school.

Girls' Education

Through its' scholarship program, Connect To Learn offers a practical solution to the chilling facts presented in the Girl Rising film. For every additional year of education a girl receives, her income as an adult increases as much as 20% (World Bank). Today, approximately 67 million young people remain out of school, more than half of them girls. Connect To Learn puts young people in secondary school on scholarship and provides a window to the world of information through broadband connectivity – for our scholarship beneficiaries, their classmates, and their teachers. Since Connect To Learn’s first deployment of 37 scholarships in the spring of 2011, Connect To Learn has helped 732 students in need enroll in secondary school - 715 of them girls – and installed 771 netbook computers in 25 schools globally.

School-To-School Connections partnership with Friends Seminary School

Scene from Kisyoro Secondary School in UgandaConnect To Learn is grateful to our partners at Friends Seminary School working to raise the number of girls benefiting from Connect To Learn scholarships even higher. The partnership between Connect To Learn and Friends Seminary centers around a School-To-School Connections program between Friends Seminary and Kisyoro Secondary School in Ruhiira, Uganda. These two schools have collaborated on learning projects through the Learning Management Platform Moodle for almost two years now, and the friendships formed have inspired the student at Friends Seminary to host this screening event to raise money for their peers across the globe.

Kisyoro Headmaster Agrace Mugizi speaks to teachers during an ICT Integration workshop

CTL at Kisyoro Secondary School in Uganda

CTL supports 50 girl scholars at Kisyoro Secondary School, about half of which are newly enrolled this academic year. Agrace Mugizi, the Headteacher at Kisyoro and a passionate advocate for girls’ education, has said that the steady support provided to her school through the additional enrollment have enabled her to achieve her long-awaited goal of building new girl’s dormitories to make consistent attendance possible for the many girls who live in remote areas of the school’s jurisdiction. The Kisyoro Secondary School teachers are also participating in monthly professional development workshops focused on integrating ICT into their teaching practices as part of Connect To Learn’s year-long ICT in Education Impact Study. The collaboration with Friends Seminary School is a great opportunity for these teachers to continue practicing their emerging ICT integrated teaching skills.

To learn more about the film, click here. We thank Friends Seminary for their deepening partnership with Connect To Learn, and we encourage all of our supporters in the New York City area to attend the screening on May 9th at 6:00pm. For those who cannot attend, we encourage you to show your support by contributing to Connect To Learn’s scholarship Fund here. We look forward to seeing you on May 9th!


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