Guides travel to India to help girls' education
GIRL guides have travelled to India to help girls in their education.
The guides, from Bolton, travelled with global children’s charity Plan UK to New Delhi and Rajasthan on a fact-finding mission to support the girls’ rights at work.
Bijal Rama, Lauren Hitchen, Katie Hetherington, Rachel and Sharon Knowles were selected due to their commitment to equality issues.
During their trip they visited a residential education camp, a secondary school and a centre for disabled children.
Geography graduate and guide leader Miss Rama, aged 22, said: “I really liked meeting people from all levels of the community, such as girls and boys, but also their parents and families, and hearing about the importance of education for them.”
Miss Hetherington said her favourite part of the trip was visiting a girls’ residential education camp.
She said: “I was amazed by their dreams and the determination they have to achieve them. Because of their education they had the confidence that they would be successful.”
Guide leader Sharon Knowles was inspired by the story of one girl who had argued with her grandmother so that she did not have to get married and leave school.
The women went on the visit after writing to the charity about their passion for girls’ education.
Now they have returned they are sharing their stories of the girls they met.
Girls and women from the UK have been travelling to developing countries this year to find out about girls’ lives in the countries.
The programme was produced by Plan UK for Girlguiding’s Girls in Action community project.
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