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Girls’ Education in the Developing World: Documentary Screening & Talk

September 2, 2015 10:22 AM - 10:22 AM   |   Location: Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall

Jaynellen Stokes, a 2013 philosophy graduate of Texas Lutheran Unversity and now a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, will be on campus September 14 & 15 to engage students and the community in a discussion about girls' education in the developing world.

On Monday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in Tschoepe Hall's Dunne Conference Room, there will be a screening of Seeds of Hope, a documentary focusing on girls' education filmed by a Beninese documentarist in collaboration with Peace Corps Benin’s Gender Equality Committee. Following the viewing, there will be a discussion of girls’ education, development and culture focusing on the problems and possible solutions for the many obstacles to girls' education in the developing world and what role Americans can play. Stokes will also talk about her time in Benin and the Peace Corps, as well as answer questions from interested candidates.

About Seeds of Hope

Directed by Beninese filmmaker, Bandele Batcho, Seeds of Hope is a film with four stories. Each story features a different Beninese girl, focusing on her courage to overcome the most common barriers that girls face when pursuing an education in Benin, including early pregnancy, forced marriage, forced work, and lack of means. The film also highlights important facts about education and girls’ and women's rights in Benin.

Last May, GenEq Benin debuted the first story featuring a Beninese girl named Aissatou. Aissatou grew up in a small village in the north of Benin. When she got to high school, her parents couldn’t afford to support her school fees and supplies. Instead of dropping out like most of her friends, she started working after school and on the weekends to cover the costs herself. She was one of very few girls from her area who graduated high school. Today, she is at university studying environmental management. Despite all the obstacles, Aissatou has never let anything get in the way of her passion to pursue an education.

For more information about the Seeds of Hope project, visit the GenEq Benin blog.

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