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ENSURE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE QUALITY EDUCATION AND PROMOTE LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

 

UNIVERSAL EDUCATION MEANS BUYING FAIR TRADE CHOCOLATE

Are you aware that children, who should be in school, are working in cocoa fields in
countries such as Ghana and Ivory Coast in Africa? These two countries produce 60% of the world's cocoa (chocolate) supply. They lose out on their educations because they're working all day to produce the chocolate we give out on Halloween to trick and treaters. Not only are these children working, but they may or may not be paid for their labour. If they are paid, it is about $2 a day.
Some of these children may be trafficking victims from Mali or Burkina Faso. Buying Fair Trade chocolate for use on Halloween protects against these abuses.

Fair Trade certified chocolate guarantees that chocolate is labour free. It guarantees a long-term relationship with cocoa farmers who receive fair wages for their labour and as a result, can send their children to school, where they belong. Please consider giving Fair Trade chocolate on Halloween and Valentine's Day, the two biggest chocolate days in the United States.

Co-ops should offer Fair Trade chocolate as well as other Fair Trade products. Two
Fair Trade chocolate brands are Equal Exchange and Divine Chocolate. If a co-op near you doesn't offer Fair Trade, tell them they are falling short and need to order it for their store immediately.

Thanks for getting involved in education for African children. It's the right thing to do.

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If a girl gets a secondary education (mostly in Africa):

--she will increase her own income, and that of her family

--she's more likely to have a choice about when she has a child

--she's more likely to survive childbirth

--her children are more likely to survive beyond the age of 5 years

WHERE CHILDREN CAN'T GET AN EDUCATION

According to a UNESCO study, 57 million children lack classroom access. Here are the countries with the most children out of school:

--10.5 million in Nigeria

--5.4 million in Pakistan

--1.7 million in Ethiopia

--1.6 million in India

--1.4 million in the Philippines

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By the end of 2016, UNICEF will educate 4.2 million children in Syria.

28,962—Number of doctoral degrees awarded to women in 2008-09 in the U.S.—more than were given to men, for the first time.

July, 2013--Secondary schools in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state were ordered closed after suspected Islamist extremists torched a dormitory and killed 42 people.