A volunteer from East Barnet has rubbed shoulders with government ministers from around the world in helping shape the future of girls’ education.
Adey Muchie, 28, from Linden Road, East Barnet, spent three months in India where she led a team of volunteers in a project to educate people about better hygiene and sanitation
And as a result of her experience and knowledge, she was chosen to attend he British Government’s first ever Girls’ Education Forum – along with former Australian Prime Julia Gillard, and Justine Greening, the new education secretary (then in post as International Development Secretary).
Adey said: “When I was in India I saw first-hand how difficult it can be for girls to get a good education. Girls were often encouraged to marry young, and this took priority over education. Education is costly and so sometimes parents see it as a more worthwhile investment to pay for their sons’ education. This was largely down to the crippling effects of poverty.
“The world will only improve when women are afforded fair treatment, education, access to health and have full understanding of their human rights.”
Adey took part in workshops and round table discussions about how governments can improve girls’ access to education and ensure all girls are empowered to achieve their full potential.
The forum, held in London last week, also involved ministers from countries including Tanzania and Afghanistan.
It was staged by the government’s Department for International Development, in partnership with the Global Citizen community, The Chime for Change campaign and the international development charity VSO.