101.3 KDWB is a proud supporter of Free The Children’s youth empowerment event, We Day, coming to the Xcel Energy Center on October 8th. We Day will bring together some of today’s hottest artists, like the Jonas Brothers, and important world leaders and activists of our time with 18,000 students across Minnesota to celebrate a youth-led movement for change. But you can’t buy a ticket to We Day, you have to earn it through service by committing to take action on one local and one global cause of your choice. The registration deadline is coming up – May 1st – so sign your school up today at weday.com/minnesota to join the KDWB team at We Day. KDWB is earning our way to We Day too. We are going silent for our global commitment by supporting Free The Children’s campaign – We Are Silent.
Falen is earning her way to We Day Minnesota by going silent on April 18th to stand up for children who are being silenced by the denial of their basic human rights, follow her vow of silence on Twitter by tracking #WeAreSilentKDWB
Learn more about Free the Children's Adopt a Village Program:
• Of the 67 million primary-aged children not in school, 53% are girls.
• An estimated 215 million children are engaged in child labour.
• Only 1 in 5 working children is in paid employment. Most are unpaid family workers.
• More than 793 million of the world’s adults are illiterate.
• It would cost less than 1% of the world’s annual weapons budget to put every child in school.
Imagine you couldn’t read or write. Imagine you knew nothing of the world that exists beyond your hometown. Imagine you had no idea how to prevent common illnesses that were devastating your community. Or worse yet, imagine you didn’t even know your basic human rights, let alone how to fight for them.
For the 67 million primary-aged children who aren’t in school, there’s no need to imagine—this is their reality. These children are out of school for a number of reasons: some of them, girls especially, are needed at home to help take care of siblings and carry water for their family’s use, others are engaged in child labour; some live too far from the nearest school, while others can’t afford to pay for a uniform or the necessary school fees. Whatever the reason, without access to an education, these children remain voiceless and the cycle of poverty continues.
Education is the best way to empower children, especially girls, with the tools, knowledge, strength and confidence they need to promote and protect their own rights, growth and self-sufficiency. With education, children, families, communities and even nations can break the cycle of poverty.
Free The Children’s Education Pillar:
Education provides the highest return of any social investment.
Through the education pillar of Adopt a Village, Free The Children builds schools, school rooms and libraries, and provides communities with school furniture and basic school supplies.
But our education pillar extends beyond building and furnishing schools. In all the countries we work in, we partner with the Ministry of Education to ensure our projects are maintained over the long-term, to create programming and initiatives to complement government-determined curriculum, and to commit to providing all students—boys and girls—with a quality education.
Together, our projects and programs create a holistic education model that empowers children to lead productive, successful and happy lives. When children are educated, entire communities attain the knowledge and tools to break the cycle of poverty, for themselves and for future generations.
Since the creation of the education pillar, Free The Children has built over 650 schools and school rooms in Free The Children communities (some including Kenya, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Ghana, Sierra Leone, India, rural China) providing 55,000 children access to education every day.