TOWNSEND -- As the world recognizes the International Day of the Girl, North Middlesex Regional High School students are doing their part to promote girls' education worldwide.

"We believe in the power of education to change not only a girl, but the world," said Ray Kane, the North Middlesex Service Learning advisor. "By hosting an International Day of the Girl event in North Middlesex, we are demonstrating our commitment to breaking down the barriers that prevent girls around the world from going to school -- barriers like child marriage, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination."

On Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., the school will be hosting a screening of the film "Girl Rising" in its auditorium. After the film, a discussion on its message and how its goals can be achieved will follow.

Admission is $5, and refreshments will be available by donation. All proceeds will go to St. Benedict's Secondary School in Mubende, Uganda, to build dormitories for young women and continue promoting female education in that community.

The International Day of the Girl was celebrated on Oct. 11. In conjunction with that day, Girl Rising, a global social action campaign dedicated to empowering girls worldwide, is screening their film of the same name at schools all over the world.

On the Girl Rising website, it says the purpose of the website is to deliver a basic message.


"We use powerful storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World," the website says.

The film tells the stories of nine different girls born into tough circumstances, and highlights their dreams and voices in an effort to achieve educational equality for women worldwide.

Kane said the project is part of an effort to raise awareness in the community about the issue of girls education.

"We are proud to be part of this growing movement, raising visibility in North Middlesex alongside thousands of other events worldwide."

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