This year, a record 1.5 billion students of all ages stayed home from school due to the coronavirus pandemic. And now, many countries, states, cities, families and school administrators are struggling with how to send students back to school safely.
Everything from modified school schedules to continued online learning at home, and smaller classroom sizes, as well as face mask requirements and outdoor learning are being implemented across the globe from the university level down to elementary schools.
Experts predict that continued school closures may lead to increased drop-out rates, particularly among adolescent girls, which will lead to increasing the gender gap in education that already exists.
So, we want to invite girls worldwide to share how they are staying strong and continuing their education in this challenging time. We ask you to SHOW us and TELL us: “What does going ‘back to school’ during the coronavirus pandemic look like for you this year?”
Your video can be up to 4 minutes long. You can upload an edited video or hit record and speak from the heart.
We’ll select three outstanding videos. One grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and two runners up will each receive a $500 scholarship. Enter your video by 5:00 PM PST on September 4 to qualify.
We are looking for videos that:
- SHOW us what back to school looks like for you. Show us where you learn, whether that is your bedroom, a traditional classroom, an outdoor environment, or something else entirely.
- TELL us how you are using your strength and power to get through this challenging time in pursuit of your education.
- TELL us what conversations you’ve had with your family and friends about returning to school, and how you feel about it.
- TELL us what emotions you are feeling as you prepare to go back to school in the current environment.
- TELL us why you are committed to your education, despite the challenges. What will an education help you do?
You must be attending school and between the ages of 13-26 to qualify for the scholarship prizes.
See What Girls Around the World Have to Say:
Luciana from Sterling , Virginia
Qinglan from Jerusalem, Israel
Benita from Ogwashi Uku, Nigeria
Jennifer from Lagos, Nigeria
Sharon from Lagos, Nigeria
Karyl Joy Ashley from Valenzuela City, Philippines
Anh from Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
Archana from Nizamabad, India
Honey Mae from Quezon City, Philippines
Miriama from Suva , Fiji
Nhujala from Kathmandu, Nepal
Mpho Barbra from Mafikeng, South Africa
Tavonga from Harare , Zimbabwe
Agape from General Trias Cavite, Philippines
Abby from Riverton , Utah
Zybira from Syracuse, New York
Do you love seeing other strong voices? Go deeper! Sign up to join Girls’ Voices Movement community, share your creativity and stories with girls and women professionals from around the world, and gain access to exclusive challenges where you can win additional scholarship funding.
More About Girls’ Voices at Home
The coronavirus pandemic affects us all. Many of us are sheltering in place, and many of us are experiencing significant challenges. Globally, we are living this shared experience, but we are all experiencing it differently.
We believe in the power of personal storytelling and connection to get through challenging times. You have a voice. You have a story to tell. And we want to hear it.
Periodically, we will release a new prompt for you to submit a photo or video related to this material. Your stories will be shared here for others to see, and you’ll be able to see what other girls are sharing across the world. You’ll have a chance to win prizes and help other girls around the world.
So: go create! We can’t wait to see what you have to share.
LEARN & SHARE
Learn how to share your intention through photography, taught by Photojournalist Jess Obert.
Learn how to make your story come alive through videography, taught by filmmaker and human rights activist Rebecca Dharmapalan.
Share with your network to get more people involved in sharing the message of girls’ empowerment.
Help Girls Around the World
Many girls globally lack access to food and other basic supplies, including many of our Girls’ Voices scholars. You can help by sending meals to those in need.