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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL
October 11 2020

October 11 2020
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL

International Day of the Girl Child is the opportunity to recognize and understand the challenges girls face around the world. The most significant still being access to education.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made existing inequalities worse. The crisis has been catastrophic for education everywhere but especially for children in poor communities and conflict zones who were already struggling to attend school.
Many can’t take part in distance learning as they don’t have access to laptops, an internet connection or even electricity. And the pandemic has impacted women and girls very differently, threatening to reverse decades of progress made on women’s rights and gender equality. There’s been a rise in domestic violence in many countries, including in Kenya where there’s also been rise in teenage pregnancy.

Folly Bah Thibault, spoke to Euronews about the importance of educating girls and the ways to ensure their right to education is guaranteed.

Glocalizing Education for a Sustainable Future - elle ira à l'école

Glocalizing Education for a Sustainable Future
UN General Assembly, September 30 2020

UN General Assembly, September 30 2020
Glocalizing Education for a Sustainable Future

As part of the UN General Assembly Week and the Global Goals Week, Qatar Foundation organised a panel to explore Glocalization-a new concept in education that includes the learning of global themes through the use of experiences on the local and national level.

The event was hosted by our Founder Folly Bah Thibault. Some of the world’s leading experts on education discussed the need to empower young students in order to address the crisis facing our world from the loss of ecosystem.  One way of doing that is through the glocalization approach, by teaching students to see the point of what their learning and how it relates to their lives.

The panellists also discussed some of the educational responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the lessons learnt from the crisis that can be impactful in how we educate current and future generations.

Spotlight End Violence against Women and Girls - elle ira à l'école

Spotlight End Violence against Women and Girls
Doha, September 14 2020

Doha, September 14 2020
Spotlight End Violence against Women and Girls

Violence against women and girls has increased during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Al Jazeera English Television in collaboration with the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative hosted a special programme to discuss what should be done to protect their lives and ensure their safety in long term recovery plans.

Folly Bah Thibault was joined by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpillainen and South Africa Rugby Captain Siya Kolesi

Spotlight End Violence against Women and Girls - elle ira à l'école
Spotlight End Violence against Women and Girls - elle ira à l'école
International Day to Protect Education from Attack - elle ira à l'école

International Day to Protect Education from Attack
Doha, September 9 2020

Doha, September 9 2020
International Day to Protect Education from Attack

Our founder Folly Bah Thibault, was honoured to host a high-level virtual event to mark the first-ever International Day to Protect Education from Attack.

On the 28th of May, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution that brought this day into being – following a call for action by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar – the Chairperson of Education Above All Foundation and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate.

The International Day to Protect Education from attacks draws attention to the plight of more than 75 million children living in 35 crisis affected countries who need urgent educational support. World leaders including UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres and campaigners such as David Beckham, endorsed the call to strengthen the protection of education worldwide.

International Day to Protect Education from Attack - elle ira à l'école
International Day to Protect Education from Attack - elle ira à l'école

WISE 2019 – World Innovation Summit for Education
Doha, November 19-21st

November 20, 2019
Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) 10-year anniversary celebration

Folly Bah Thibault, our founding president, was the Master of Ceremony for the Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) 10-year anniversary celebration.
The event was held at Qatar’s iconic museum of Islamic Art and was the opportunity to celebrate a major milestone achieved by PEIC – a programme of the Education Above All Foundation- in its tireless mission to protect education at all costs during times of conflict.

A notable panel of guests and education experts from around the world, shared their insights and experience into how education and the right to learn can be protected in conflict zones.

UNESCO Special Envoy and Academy-Award winning actor, Forest Whitaker, delivered the keynote speech shedding light on the work of the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, a global peacebuilding network with hubs in South Sudan, South Africa, Uganda, Mexico and the US. He also stressed the need to include the voices of young people for countries and communities to achieve peace and prosperity.

The event was held on the sidelines of the World Innovation Summit for Education or WISE. It was also the opportunity to unveil PEIC’s mandate and vision moving forward, as we count down to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

WISE 2019 – World Innovation Summit for Education
Doha, November 19-21st

November 21, 2019
Education Above All Plenary: Zero Strategy

Our founding president attended the World Innovation Summit for Education, or Wise, held in Doha from November 19-21.

In the 10 years since its founding, WISE has established itself as a global reference in new approaches to education. The 2019 summit was held under the theme “Un-learn, relearn, what it means to be human”, focusing on challenging conventional ways of thinking about education.

Folly Bah Thibault moderated the plenary session on the second day of the summit, during which Her Highness Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Education Above All Foundation, announced a new strategy to ensure that the number of out-of-school children (OOSC) in selected countries reaches zero. While Education Above All Foundation has achieved its objective of securing the enrollment of 10 Million out of school children, there are still challenges keeping them and the global education community from achieving the ultimate goal of ensuring that every child has access to quality primary education.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy Award artist Shakira, a champion of children’s right to education, shared before the crowd of policy-makers, educators and global influencers, the significant changes that have happened in the lives of children and families since her organization, the Barefoot Foundation, started building school in the most remote areas of Colombia.

The conference drew a record attendance of more than 3000 participants from 110 countries including social entrepreneurs, innovators, educators, researchers, policy makers and renowned artists.

Let’s Talk! Nairobi Summit

Nairobi, Kenya, November 13, 2019

Our founding president, Folly Bah Thibault, attended the Nairobi Summit on the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population Development, ICPD25.

The groundbreaking meeting sought to accelerate the Programme of Action adopted in Cairo 25 years ago, that recognised reproductive health, women’s empowerment and gender equality as the pathway to sustainable development.

Folly hosted a signature session of the summit, Let’s Talk, inspired by Russian supermodel and Philanthropist Natalia Vodianova. Let’s Talk is about using the power of conversation to break down the stigma and taboo around women’s health. All too often, stigma and taboo around sex, menstrual hygiene and reproductive health, prevent individuals and communities from talking about these important issues that are so crucial to women’s empowerment.

The session was attended by some of the most influential people in the fashion and media industry including Polish Supermodel Anja Rubik, Irish designer Natalie B. Coleman and the Ghanaian editor of Glitz Africa Magazine Claudia Lumour, who gave their insights on how we can use the power and influence of creative industries to tackle stigma and taboo.

As part of the pledges made at the session, Folly pledged to provide all the girls of Elle ira à l’école Foundation, a monthly period pack that includes sanitary towels, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, a disposable bag and a change of underwear in case of emergency.

Official launch

Conakry, 22nd of November 2019

The official launch of elle ira à l’école was held in the Guinean capital, Conakry on October 22, 2019 under the patronage of the Minister of Social Action and Women’s and Girls Empowerment, Hadja Mariama Sylla.

The event brought together representatives of international organisations, members of civil society and business leaders who contributed financially to allow the foundation to continue its activities.

The founder of Saint Georges, one of the most prestigious private schools in Conakry, offered a full-time scholarship to five girls, covering their education from elementary to the end of secondary school.

The event was the opportunity to promote the Foundation’s mission and activities and seek additional support.

Message from the President

Dear friends,

On behalf of the entire team at Elle ira à l’ecole Fondation Kesso Bah, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your great generosity. Thanks to your financial support, we have passed our target for the 2019-2020 school year. This will ensure that our girls get the best quality education in a stable and loving environment. 

We also had a very successful launch in Conakry on October 22nd. The event was attended by the Minister of Social Action, Children and Women’s empowerment, as well as representatives of international organisations, NGOs, the private sector and the media. St Georges, one of the best private schools in Conakry has offered us five full-time scholarships and some generous financial donations were made during the evening. You will find attached some photos of the event. 

So again, thank you for providing us the financial AND moral support we need to continue our mission to educate young girls in Guinea.

Sincerely,

Folly Bah Thibault
Founder & President

SDG Media Zone

Promoting the Sustainable Development Goals.

The SDG Media Zone is one of the main features of the UN General Assembly High-Level week. It’s where people and organizations who work to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, are recognized and celebrated. Our Founding President held talks with Mexican actress Cecilia Suarez and Gambian Women’s Rights Activist Jaha Dukureh. Both women have been using their fame and platforms to promote Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals: Gender Equality.
Jaha Dukureh is a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation. Through her tireless grassroots campaigning across her native Gambia, she was instrumental in the Gambian Government’s ban on female Genital Mutilation.

Cecilia Suarez for her part has been raising awareness on violence against women and girls and other forms of human rights violation to over one million people on her social media platforms.
The three women discussed how to change attitudes and ensure that all girls have access to quality education.

74th annual UN General Assembly in New York

Our founding president Folly Bah Thibault attended the 74th annual UN General Assembly in New York, where she moderated the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative High Level Panel.

The Spotlight Initiative is a joint, multi-year partnership between the United Nations and the European Union, which launched in 2017 with the mission to end ALL forms of violence against women and girls by the end of 2030. Spotlight has placed the issue of violence against women in the center of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with the UN’s 2030 agenda’s focus of leaving no one behind. The initiative has deployed and targeted large scale investments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and the Caribbean.

Folly moderated a high-level discussion on the progress and perspectives of the Spotlight Initiative at the UN’s ECOSOC chamber. The event was attended by Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, the president of the Republic of Niger Mahmadou, the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica and civil society leaders and women’s rights activists from all over the world.

Other high-profile guests included Mexican Actress Cecilia Suarez and Gambian women’s right activist Jaha Dukureh who are champions of the Spotlight Initiative and have been using their fame and platforms to advance and promote Gender Equality. Folly interviewed them both in the SDG Media Zone which is of the main features of the UN General Assembly High Level Week.

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