60 Million Girls

“Empowering women & girls through education” is their mandate and through the tireless efforts of many volunteers, they have succeeded in building schools in several communities around the world.

When I read about their work, I was inspired to write “Secret Dreams” which now has a French version as well thanks to Micheline Lortie, a retired French school teacher with a passion for education.

Here is what education can do for not only women & girls, but the whole community (taken from their home page):

There are an estimated 110 million children around the world who do not attend primary school – more than 60 million of these are girls. Basic literacy and numeracy skills are the fundamental tools that will enable girls and women, as well as boys and men, to take hold of their lives and develop solutions adapted to the needs of their communities and country.

Research convincingly shows that programs directed to the education of girls are more effective than virtually any other community investment in the developing world.

Basic quality education provides girls with access to health and nutrition information for themselves and their families – including helping to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS. It provides a safe place to grow as they learn. It gives them the knowledge to provide economic support to their family. It delays marriage and pregnancy, thereby lowering infant and maternal mortality. And an educated woman is more likely to send her children – both boys and girls – to school, thereby increasing the likelihood of future generations receiving an education.

Education of women is the key to economic productivity and political stability.

Healthy, safe, empowered girls transform families, communities and countries.

http://www.60millionsdefilles.org/english/home.html

SECRET DREAMS

Jeanette Arsenault   c. 2007

“There are an estimated 110 million children around the world who do not attend primary school – more than 60 million of these are girls.”

She watches her mother caring for her brothers

Who have just gotten home from school

She’d love to go someday but she knows there is no way

It’s a well-known unwritten rule

She works all day as her childhood slips away

She is wise beyond her years at just thirteen

She is her mother’s daughter who does what she’s been taught

Though her mind is on things unseen

She has dreams, Secret Dreams

CHORUS:

She knows there’s something out there

There’s got to be a door that leads to something more

She believes  that someone, somewhere

Holds the key to her destiny

60 million girls  (Secret Dreams)

All around the world (Secret Dreams) …

“When you educate a girl, you educate the whole family and the next generation”

“Education is a bridge from misery to hope” Kofi Annan

CHORUS

60 million girls  (Secret Dreams)

All around the world (Secret Dreams) …

“Research convincingly shows that programs directed to the education of girls are more effective than virtually any other community investment in  the developing world”

“Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire”.  William Butler Yeats

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself”  John Dewey

Version française:

De beaux rêves

Paroles françaises:  Micheline Lortie

“On estime que, dans le monde, 110 millions d’enfants en âge de fréquenter l’école primaire ne sont pas scolarisés. De ce nombre, plus de 60 millions sont des filles.”

Elle voit sa mère s’occuper de son frère

Lui rentre de l’école tout excité

Pouvoir étudier et être éduquée

N’est qu’un rêve pour les filles oubliées

Elle passe sa jeunesse à travailler sans cesse

Vieillie avant son temps, même à treize ans

De mère en fille depuis que le temps file

Il n’y a plus rien à faire en ce moment

Elle a des rêves, de très beaux rêves

REFRAIN

Elle croit au fond de son cœur

Une porte va s’ouvrir sur un meilleur avenir

Elle croit que quelqu’un ailleurs

Tiens la clé de sa destinée

Soixant’ millions de filles (de beaux rêves)

Autour de la terre (de beaux rêves)

« Lorsque l’on éduque une fille, c’est toute une famille qui est éduquée ainsi que les générations futures. »

« L’éducation est le pont entre la misère et l’espoir »  Kofi Anan

REFRAIN

« La recherche est conclusive et sans équivoque. Les programmes orientés vers l’éducation aux filles sont plus efficaces que n’importe quels autres programmes communautaires dans les pays en voie de développement. »

« L’éducation est comparée non pas au remplissage d’un seau, mais plutôt à l’allumage d’un feu. »  William Butler Yeats.

« L’éducation n’est pas la préparation à la vie, mais est la vie elle-même. » John Dewey.

New CD, “I Wish I Had Wings” will include “Secret Dreams” & the French version, “De beaux rêves”  – to be released before Christmas 2010.  Stay Tuned!





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