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December 11, 2003Ugandan girl pleads for education. 15 year old Atwiine Cairo, representing the Girls' Education Movement , has confidently told why girls drop out of school in her country.
"Poor parents cannot afford the school materials, and the girls sometimes need to support the family." She added that girls can be sexually harassed at schools.
A brave individual is something of a rarity amongst the plethora of NGOs and government delegations here in Geneva...
"I dream of a country where all girls will be at school in a healthy environment where girls and boys are treated the same", she said.
Her speech was followed by one from a 14 year old boy scout from Pakistan..