The movement to educate girls and women around the world must balance a focus on individuals with the need to improve universal programs and implement systemic change. I am always impressed by the ability stories have to strike this balance. One story often represents the plight, needs, and hopes of many. At the same time, individual accounts offer particular insights and allow us to relate to challenges that are not our own.
Jancy Paul Vincent’s story is one that strikes a particularly strong chord with me. The beneficiary of She’s The First, an organization that supports the empowerment of girls through education, Jancy writes to us about her passion for school and her dreams of running a business of her own. Her enthusiasm is certainly contagious, and I found it difficult not to recognize in her story a bit of my own love for the classroom and the invaluable support I received from teachers.
While other stories illustrating the challenges that so many face have moved me to join the movement for educating girls and women, this story helps me remember that I myself am a girl empowered by education. If “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” holds true, then I don’t need the research, evidence, or policy arguments to show me the importance of educating girls. I have Jancy’s story, the stories of myriad girls around the world, and my own to prove that education is the way forward.
Watch Jancy’s story on CBS Chanel One and listen to Tammy Tibbetts, Co-Founder of She’s The First, speak to this topic on the She’s the First Blog.
–by Haley Priebe