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Meghan Markle Says Denying Education To Girls Is ‘Robbing’ Society Of Cultural Richness

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  • Meghan Markle says educating girls opens the door for “societal success”
  • Markle and Prince Harry joined Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai for a video call on International Day of the Girl Child
  • Prince Harry shared that educating young girls can also help address climate change

Meghan Markle recently delivered an important message, saying that denying education to girls is like “robbing” the society of its cultural richness.

Markle and husband Prince Harry recently joined Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on a video call and discussed how education plays an important role in the lives of young girls on International Day of the Girl Child, which was observed Sunday.

“When young girls have access to education, everyone wins and everyone succeeds. It just opens the door for societal success at the highest level. It’s not just robbing society of the cultural richness that comes with educating young girls. It’s also robbing these young girls of childhood,” Markle said during the call.

Markle also noted that the dynamics of the community are “shifted” when women take over and talk about important topics such as policy change and legislation.

“What I had realized very early on was that when women have a seat at the table, conversations in terms of policy change, conversations in terms of legislation and the dynamics of the community are all shifted. And when you have to see how you get a woman to embrace her voice, you have to start with where she is a young girl,” Markle said.

Prince Harry also opened how educating girls can also help in tackling climate change.

“The importance of girls’ education to help defer climate change is absolutely critical. So much is at stake when we don’t give a young woman the opportunity to learn and to

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Prince Harry and Meghan open up about son Archie’s 1st steps and importance of girls’ education in interview with Malala Yousafzai

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The couple spoke with Malala Yousafzai on International Day of the Girl.

In a virtual discussion with Nobel Prize laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai on International Day of the Girl, the couple shared that Archie is starting to walk.

“It’s just fantastic because I think in so many ways, we are fortunate to be able to have this time to watch him grow,” added Meghan. “In the absence of COVID, we would be traveling and working more externally and we’d miss a lot of those moments. So I think it’s been a lot of really good family time.”

The couple, who joined the 23-year-old activist virtually from their home in Santa Barbara for the conversation which was shared on YouTube and Malala’s Instagram page, also spoke about the importance of girls’ education, for which Yousafzai has been an outspoken advocate after surviving an assassination attempt in 2012.

“When young girls have access to education, everyone wins and everyone succeeds,” said Meghan when asked by Yousafzai about the role that education played in her life. “So much is at stake when we don’t give a young woman the opportunity to learn and to get an education.”

“There’s over 130 million girls out of education right now before the pandemic and during as well and the numbers are going up,” added Harry. “It worries me, it worries all of us.”

Meghan, who is also an advocate for girls’ education

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Girls Have Greater Access to Education than Ever, but Equality Is Still a Long Way Off

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LONDON—When Adelaide Tsogo Masenya was six, she switched primary schools. Her local school, Dr Knak Primary School, in the poor Johannesburg township of Alexandra, only taught in her native language of Sepedi. Her new school, Marlboro Gardens Secondary School, had an English-only curriculum. Years later when she asked her mother, a cashier who only had a primary school education, why they had moved her, her mother replied, “You actually asked me to take you to an English school.” Even at such a young age, Masenya, who is now 30, had enough agency to understand the importance of education for her future.

Masenya went on to attend university in Johannesburg—later working both in human resources and as a secondary school teacher. She was also awarded a Chevening scholarship to obtain a master’s degree in education and development at University College London, something that likely wouldn’t have been available if she had not had access to a good recognized university for her undergraduate degree. “Education has taken me to places where I never thought as a young Black girl from Alex I would reach,” she said, sitting in an outdoor café in west London, where she now lives and remotely runs the Tsogo Ya Bokamoso Foundation, an education nongovernmental organization she founded. It focuses on mentoring secondary school girls back in her township. “It has made me live a life of freedom where I am able to provide for my family, I am able to work in any space that I want to, I am able to have a voice and express my rights. Education has made me who I am today.”

Masenya’s tale is unique, but it also exemplifies the stories of millions of girls and young women across the globe who, if given an opportunity for education, can run with

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to speak with Malala Yousafzai about COVID-19’s impact on girls’ education

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Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are scheduled to appear in a video Sunday with activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to discuss the barriers facing girls in their access to education around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic.



Prince Harry, Meghan Markle looking at a cell phone: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to speak with Malala Yousafzai about COVID-19's impact on girls' education


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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to speak with Malala Yousafzai about COVID-19’s impact on girls’ education

According to The Associated Press, the conversation will be published on the Malala Fund’s YouTube channel and website in celebration of International Day of the Girl Child.

The United Nations declared Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl in 2011 to promote girls’ rights and address obstacles young women face across the world.

The Malala Fund, founded in 2013 by Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, is an international nonprofit organization partnering with girls education initiatives in various countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil and India.

Research by the Malala Fund suggests that approximately 20 million secondary-school-aged girls may never return to classrooms once schools reopen after the coronavirus pandemic ends.

Since moving to California and cutting financial ties with the British monarchy, Prince Harry and Markle have become increasingly vocal on political and social issues, with the couple saying in a September video that U.S. voters need to “reject hate speech” and “misinformation” ahead of the November election.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also published a joint op-ed in London’s Evening Standard last week, calling for an end to “structural racism.” The couple wrote that “untapped potential will never get to be realized” if structural racism continues to exist in Britain and around the world.

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