Toronto, Canada AreaInternational Trade and Development
Current Founder & CEO at The Soular Backpack, Teaching Assistant for Social Context of Business Course at McGill University
Education McGill University, UWC Atlantic College, Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa
Every year we celebrate this day and remember the children of the Soweto. The student uprising was for the basic right of education. Today all the great state so been made the statistics are shockingly poor and there’s still a lot to do. Despite the millennium development goals and sustainable development goals they still many challenges that are yet to be overcome.
At 18, I was most concerned with getting the latest Iphone. Memory Banda on the other hand, successfully influenced the Malawi parliament to raise the legal marriage from 15 to 18. After watching her sister get pregnant at 11, Memory vowed to defy the traditional practice of kusasafumbi, a practice in which young girls are forced into marriage once they begin menstruation.
Now an avid girl’s rights activist, Memory shows a glimpse of her strength and resilience in this passionate speech about girls right to choose at the TEDWomen 2015 conference.
Education is the first step empowerment. Instead of the usual of celebrations and organised fun days I’d rather see governments invest in better infrastructure, build more schools come, train more teachers, and create more opportunities through scholarships. Unlike violence towards children and other harmful practices, education is one right that we can all agree the children deserve and must have. We can and must do more. The SDG’s must be met by 2030.