'Because I Am a Girl’ is an international campaign by the aid organization Plan which was created to address the issue of gender discrimination around the globe. Its goal, to promote the rights of girls and bring millions of girls out of poverty, is one strongly supported by the girls’ school, Talbot Heath, in Bournemouth. It was the focus for this year’s sponsored walk and nearly 200 members of the school community joined together in the spring sunshine for the 15km walk. Staff, pupils, parents, and pet dogs walked from the Rothesay Road campus to Hengistbury Head, via the gardens and Bournemouth Pier. The funds raised will be used to support the campaign which focuses on inequality faced by girls in developing countries, and promotes projects to improve opportunities for girls in education, medical care, family planning and legal rights.
Angharad Holloway, the Head at Talbot Heath, said it had been a memorable day: ‘It’s such an important campaign, one very close our hearts. We all want to play a part in ensuring that all girls can live safe from violence, go to school, and have their voices heard. My thanks go to all of the school community who participated today and made it such a success.’