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Talking with Jane Caro about how girls are outstripping boys in the classroom!

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In September last year, Jane Caro — a strong advocate for public education in Australia — donated to Do It In A Dress during the frenzy surrounding Craigburn Primary School’s fundraising. Now that we’re getting ready to wrap up the biggest month of the year for Do It In A Dress 2018, our CEO Sarah had a chat with Jane about the barriers girls face to education not just in Sierra Leone, but right here at home. Jane tells us, “In Australia it’s really interesting, I don’t think that education is our issue because I know that, for example, girls…

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International Day Of The Girl: Who are you calling vulnerable?

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Our Scholarship program was our very first education program in Sierra Leone and it’s probably the one you associate most with One Girl. It was Brenda’s story — our very first One Girl Scholar — that sparked the creation of One Girl! Since then, we’ve been committed to making sure that all our programs are having the biggest and most effective impact for girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda. So much so, that we recently had an independent evaluator travel to Sierra Leone to review of our Scholarships program.

We wanted this evaluator to take a good, in-depth look into our…

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Remember that time Do It In A Dress went viral?

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Last year was a pretty crazy year for One Girl. Do It In A Dress went viral. Seriously viral. And the outcome was groundbreaking not just for us here in Australia, but for our education programs in Sierra Leone and Uganda! A group of students from Craigburn Primary School signed up to take part in Do It In A Dress 2017 as a class. They set their fundraising target at $900, they put on their school dresses, and rallied their school for support! At the same time, Australia was in the middle of a great debate around marriage equality. It…

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The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things

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If you read our blog regularly you’ll know we share lots of stories about the girls we support. We want people to actually know what it means when we say ‘education changes a girl’s life’. And what becomes possible when they get out and Do It In A Dress, make a donation, or pledge their birthday. We want them to know the kind of impact their support is making. But these stories can be a bit one sided. They can make it seem like the impact only flows in one direction. And if you’ve ever supported someone or something you really…

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Educating girls isn’t only the right thing to do, it will make the world richer.

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$15-30 trillion. That is the global cost of not educating girls. It’s a mind-boggling amount of money lost and all for an issue we know we can fix. … The recent World Bank report Missed Opportunities: The High Cost Of Not Educating Girls emphasises what we already know – that denying girls the chance to go to school not only negatively impacts that girl, but has enormous implications for her family, her community, and her entire nation. Children born to mothers younger than 18 are at a higher risk of dying by the age of five and being malnourished. Through…

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We flushed your donation down the toilet and it changed lives.

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Last year we flushed your tax-time donation down the toilet. And it changed lives. We know it sounded a little crazy – “Make a donation so we can flush it down the toilet”, but now we want to share with you the incredible impact your donation had for girls and their communities in Sierra Leone! Last year we highlighted one of the main barriers to girls accessing education: the lack of education surrounding hygiene and sanitation, and inadequate toilet facilities at school. Over 93% of schools throughout rural parts of Sierra Leone do not have adequate toilet facilities, meaning boys and…

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Everything you need to know about being a One Girl Ambassador!

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“High school made me realise how important education was. It made me realise that my education was mine… Education was my super-power. Education was the one thing that could help me achieve my dreams.” – Nyibol, a 2018 One Girl Ambassador. “The older I get, the more I realise I don’t want to be a witness to the world, I want to be active in it and help make a change – to make the world a little better for someone else, whether that’s on a small scale or a massive scale.” – Megan, a 2018 One Girl Ambassador. “I read…

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What do you want for your birthday when you have all you need?

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Milestone birthdays have a way of making you stop and ask yourself ‘How am I tracking? Am I where I want to be? Have I done the things I wanted to do by now?’ These were the things Peter Allen was reflecting on in the lead up to his 60th birthday last year. His conclusion? He’s one of the luckiest people to have ever lived! If you have a happy family, are in good health, have enjoyed a great education and you run a successful business – what more do you need? Nothing as it turns out. And that’s why…

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