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October 11: International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day when humanitarians worldwide unite under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.

Global Volunteers’ Commitment to Improving Girls’ Education

The goal of every Global Volunteers service program is to help raise childrens’ potential – and especially to help girls thrive. Short-term volunteers are the keys local leaders use to unlock this vast potential worldwide.  They are the infinitely renewable resource for support, skills and compassion on every team.

Our long-standing development partnership in Tanzania is instructive.  Your service in Tanzania is significantly more than a “volunteer vacation.” Working in concert with local teachers, administrators and community leaders, you help deliver major improvements in education in Tanzanian communities, and lay the foundation for this major effort to expand throughout the country. Our volunteers – students, faculty, families, professionals, boomers and millennials – help families and community organizations prevent stunted growth and ensure quality education so every girl has the keys to a bright and productive future.

International Day of the Girl

Global Volunteers’ community-based approach advances girls’ education. Under the direction of local leaders, we help ensure academic accessibility, foster parental involvement, offer psychosocial support, provide nutrition and health education, fund girls’ scholarships, construct schools with girls’ bathrooms, tutor literacy and numeracy, and so much more – all with the assistance of a steady stream of committed volunteers. Short-term volunteers enhance girls’ opportunities to go to school, encourage and sustain their desire to attend, positively influence the classroom experience, and enrich their educational goals. Educating girls not only changes the arc of their lives, but also transforms their families’, communities’ and nations’ prospects as well.

International Day of the Girl

But, our work begins long before girls start school. Global Volunteers is taking a holistic approach to advancing education for all girls and boys in Tanzania by initiating the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) program. The RCP model engages pregnant women and their children through the 18th birthday. Volunteers in Tanzania are needed for:

  • Maternal and infant support
  • Parent education
  • Early childhood education
  • Psycho-social support
  • Classroom teaching – Conversational English, math, science, etc.
  • Tutoring numeracy
  • Computer literacy
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Nutrition education
  • Health care and hygiene education
  • School gardens assistance

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Interested in learning how you can help improve the lives of girls in Tanzania?

Visit Global Volunteers’ Volunteer in Tanzania webpage. Or, chat online with one of our Volunteer Coordinators. We’re ready to assist you with Tanzania project descriptions, travel questions, and other details.

International Day of the Girl

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