Three members of Talbot Heath Sixth form had part of their video shown at the Global Summit for Girls’ Education in New York recently. The Head, Angharad Holloway attended the summit in Times Square which promotes the importance of girls’ education across the world and stated she was ‘Hugely proud to watch TH girls in a film on the importance of global education for girls.’ It was shown to 900 leading educators from across the globe at the first global forum on girls' education in New York. The Lower 6 pupils, Serena Chanoch, Katie Badawy and Emily Saunders, decided to get involved in this project after reading an email about the conference that Mrs Holloway had been invited to. They discovered that the organisers behind the Global Summit for Girl’s education wanted to create a video of girls from all around the world speaking about how important it is for girls to have an education.
Emily Saunders who features in the final version of the film said, ‘We reached out to girls in the younger years who felt inspired by the topic and decided to get them involved by videoing fifteen girls, all from different cultures and with different nationalities, answering a variety of questions such as why an all-girls education was important to them and why girls deserve a quality education.’ The young filmmakers were pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the answers that they received and by how passionate the younger pupils at Talbot Heath were about a right to education. They were also delighted to see that one of the clips that they recorded was integrated within the final video shown at the conference and that so far it has been viewed over 42000 times globally. Emily added, ‘We feel privileged to have taken part and hope that the conference impacted the education community and will hopefully make a difference in how the world views education for girls.’