There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women

Friday 11th October 2019 is International Day of the Girl Child, an opportunity to highlight the challenges girls face, while promoting empowerment and human rights. This year’s theme for International Day of the Girl Child is ‘Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow’

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realise their full potential.” – Malala Yousafzai

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Here are a number of powerful stories to unlock conversations about the key themes around empowerment and building a brighter future for ourselves that are inherent in this year’s theme for International Day of the Girl Child:

  • Explore the meaning of gender and equality by watching how the inhabitants of Awra Amba promote equality through breaking down traditional gender roles in the Weaving Workshop and the Assembly Hall, with suggested lessons on pages 34-35 and 22-23 of the teacher guide.

  • Watch a short documentary where Tsehaynesh talks about her life and how she achieved her goal of continuing her studies in Awra Amba, despite the challenges she faced. You can meet Tsehaynesh in the school in Awra Ama.

  • Find out about Terhi’s daily schedule as a professional ballet dancer in Secrets of the Opera, and learn about how eating well is central to her routine on page 80 of the teacher guide

  • Meet Hanna in the painting workshop in Secrets of the Opera and learn how even though she loves her work, she sometimes needs to remind herself what it’s all about when the pressure is on. You can learn more about the people and their work on pages 11-14 of the teacher guide.

These resources provide real life stories in engaging formats. Awra Amba and Secrets of the Opera both offer an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality and girls’ empowerment for a brighter tomorrow. Some topics covered could be sensitive, so we remind you to watch all content and make your own professional judgement around its suitability for your students before showing it in class.

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LinkS to
UN SDG 3, 5, 8 & 10


In 2015, UN countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development  Goals (SDGs).

These lessons tie in nicely with SDG 3, 5, 8  and 10, which are all about good health and well-being, gender equality, good jobs and economic growth as well as reducing inequalities.

We at Lyfta believe that it is imperative for our children to know what the SDGs are and to feel empowered to make a positive contribution to a better and more sustainable world.

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