Portland, Maine (PRWEB) October 11, 2013
CIEE, the world leader in international education and exchange, has entered into a three-year partnership with the global movement for social change Girl Rising to raise awareness and create positive and lasting change by eliminating the barriers to education for girls in developing nations.
Extensive research shows that educated girls live healthier lives, earn more, and help reduce conflict in their communities. Together with other champions of education, CIEE and Girl Rising are working to increase access to education for girls worldwide and, in turn, reduce global conflict and support greater health and prosperity for all. At the core of this movement is the feature film, "Girl Rising," which tells the stories of nine girls who overcame tremendous hardships to pursue their dreams of education and a better life. It offers a simple, yet powerful message: educate girls and you will change the world.
In support of the Girl Rising movement, on October 11, CIEE will kick off 1,500 "Girl Rising" screenings at CIEE international study centers, U.S. and international high schools, partner organizations, member institutions, and more around the globe. CIEE will lead the day’s celebrations with a screening of the film for staff and the larger community in Portland, Maine. Each screening is registered on the "Girl Rising" campaign map, which was created to capture the attention of global policy leaders and urge them to include educational equality on the post2015 United Nations agenda.
CIEE is also establishing programs that will make a difference in every community where CIEE staff, participants, host families, members, partners, and alumni reside. These programs include educational scholarships for girls, seed grants for community development projects that address educational barriers, and college curriculum development centered on development, education, and women’s rights. Through these initiatives, the organization will create meaningful change, transforming girls’ lives and the societies in which they live.
According to CIEE President and CEO James P. Pellow, Ed.D, joining the Girl Rising movement is part of a long tradition of supporting international education programs that truly make a difference. “Since 1947, CIEE has helped bring the world together through programs that foster mutual respect and understanding. Today, between 50 and 70 percent of our study abroad and exchange students are young women and the majority of the community service programs and projects we support in more than 60 cities worldwide involve girls, women, health, and education. We’re proud to partner with Girl Rising in their movement to make an educational experience possible for every girl around the world.”
CIEE is the world’s leading nonprofit, non-governmental organization sponsoring international education and exchange programs. For more than 65 years, CIEE’s mission has been to develop and deliver international programs and support services to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. Visit http://www.ciee.org.
About Girl Rising
"Girl Rising," directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, is a groundbreaking film that captures the stories of nine unforgettable girls—their dreams, their voices, and their remarkable lives. The film premiered in the United States on March 7, 2013 on the eve of International Women’s Day, and has since been seen by millions in cinemas, campuses, corporate boardrooms, and private homes worldwide.
Girl Rising is also a global movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls. The movement was founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. Girl Rising’s International Day of the Girl activities are sponsored by Intel. Visit http://www.girlrising.com.