60 Million Girls
October 23 to November 23, 2014
Entrance: 2200, Crescent Street.
The Museum is pleased to join with the 60 million girls Foundation to affirm children’s right to education. Founded in 2006 here in Montreal by a group of talented, creative and energetic women of all ages, the Foundation has since invested $1.9 million in 17 projects in 13 countries. These projects have directly touched the lives of nearly 15,000 girls and boys. The projects the Foundation supports are varied: building primary and secondary schools, training teachers, distributing supplies and equipment, taking on tuition fees, supporting activities which promote school attendance by girls (sanitation projects, daycares, courses for teenagers, girls’ clubs), providing study grants, organizing leadership sessions, mentoring, instituting community support and awareness programmes, providing psychosocial support, using new technologies for learning, etc. The Museum and the 60 million girls Foundation have a deep common bond: that of wanting to change the world as best we can by promoting the fundamental right to education.
To learn more about the Department of education and community programs
Education saves mothers’ lives.
If all women had basic primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by two-thirds, thereby saving the lives of 189,000 women each year.
Education saves children’s lives.
If every woman in poor countries completed her primary education, the child mortality rate would fall by one-sixth, thereby saving nearly a million lives each year. If all these women had a secondary education, this rate would be cut in half, saving three million lives.
Education encourages tolerance.
Education helps people understand democracy, helps promote tolerance and the confidence underlying it, and motivates citizens to participate in their society’s political life.
Some childhood illnesses are preventable, but not without education.
Simple solutions, such as mosquito netting to fight malaria and clean water, can prevent some of the worst childhood illnesses, but only if mothers are taught how to use them.
Equality in education improves employment opportunities and contributes to economic growth.
Over 40 years, per capita revenue would be 23% higher in a country with educational equality.