According to Greg Mortensen, author of Three Cups of Tea and builder of schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, there is an African proverb that says, “You educate a boy, and you’re educating an individual. You educate a girl, and you’re educating an entire village.”
The work of the Unity Women’s Desk will hold as one of its highest priorities making sure that every Moravian girl has the opportunity to pursue an education. The opportunities for girls vary from country to country, but we want to be sure that every girl is able to obtain at least a “high school” education with the potential for pursuing a collegiate education.
In a national best-seller, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have said:
One study after another has shown that educating girls is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty. Schooling is also often a precondition for girls and women to stand up against injustice, and for women to be integrated into the economy. Until women are numerate and literate, it is difficult for them to start businesses or contribute meaningfully to their national economies. (1)
In order for women to contribute to the Church and the world, it will be necessary for them to obtain a good education. This section provides information about the importance of women’s education and the UWD scholarship program. Other articles will be added in the future.
(1) Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage Books, 2009 and 2010), 170.