Michelle Obama said, “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” Did you know that more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school? But how many times have we seen women who have made history? This year, UNICEF has set its focus on empowering and inspiring young women to be educated.

The focus goes beyond just books, but to improve skills that can be transferred. But we need to encourage governments to put in policies that are gender sensitive and create opportunities for the girl child in the workplace. Teachers need to be encouraged and supported in giving options in the academic curriculum for girls at every level of education.

While many young women in urban areas are more privileged to education, there is need to support those in rural and remote areas. Education especially skills in the STEM section should be given to every girl child so that she is able to have options. Every girl has potential to be excel academically and in their careers. They also have the ability to contribute to the their countries economy while empowering their communities.