Speaker: Marilyn Mosley Gordonier
Topic: Girls Education In Afghanistan Today.
Time: Wednesday, October 11, 2023,
Since the Taliban gained complete power in Afghanistan in August, 2021, girls have been banned from all schools and are restricted to their homes. Educate Girls Now has steadfastly come to their aid, providing online classes, a journaling project, English classes, the opportunity to attend the Asian University for Women and food, shelter and hope.
Marilyn Mosley Gordanier, Founder of Educate Girls Now, will discuss the multiple ways girls are being educated, who are determined to learn as their lives change dramatically under the Taliban regime.
“Gradually, the rumors of the arrival of the Taliban increased, they had reached the gates of Kabul, We had neither seen the Taliban nor lived in their first government in the 90s, because many of my classmates, including me, were born after the first rule of the Taliban. Our information about the Taliban’s first rule was based on hearsay and information we heard and read in the media. We hoped lives would not be change forever, especially for girls.” Maryam, student at Kabul U.
Marilyn Mosley Gordanier is an American educator, speaker, author. She is an advocate for girl’s education worldwide and co-founded Educate Girls Now. Mosley Gordanier founded Laurel Springs School in 1991, the first online school in the United States which since has become the largest provider of personalized online education, serving over 85,000 students in grades K through 12. In 1995, Mosley Gordanier co-founded Mother of Divine Grace, a Catholic distance education school that serves over 6,000 students per year. In 2001, she cofounded Eikoh Web Internet High School, the first distance-learning program in Tokyo, Japan and Laurel Springs/C2 Korea, the first online learning program in South Korea. Awards Marilyn has won include the United Nations Global 500 Award in 1991, the President’s Youth Environmental Award in 1997. In 2010, she received the Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning, from the United States Distance Learning Association for designing the first online environmental curricula, Kids4earth and Leaders4earth. She also received Outstanding Service to Environmental Education from the North American Association of Environmental Education. Her board memberships include Educate Girls Now, the Global 500 Environmental Forum (also a past-President Education Chair for the Captain Planet Foundations, and Co-President of the United States Association of the Club of Rome., member of Club of Rome. She also serves as Educational Advisor for Global Schools Without Walls which educates refugee children in France.