Teen activist Zuriel Oduwole: 'Education is more than learning in class'

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Why are you passionate about Africa and you were not even born there?

Well you are right. I wasn’t born there. I was born here in California, I’m an LA (Los Angeles) girl, born and raised. But I also have roots from the African continent. My dad’s side of the family is actually from Nigeria and my mom’s side of the family is from Mauritius, countries in African. So I have roots there. But then also, as I mentioned when I went to Africa – specifically Ghana – for my documentary that’s when I first saw the issues of girls not being in school and getting an education. So that’s why I started on the African continent.

As the world celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child, do you feel that somehow the boy child is being ignored?

I wouldn’t say that at least not in my projects. I’m not ignoring the boy child. Whenever I go and speak to students in different countries, I make sure to speak to both boys and girls.

There was an instance where I went to speak at a school in Nigeria. After I spoke, one of the boys was asked to give feedback on the event and he said that seeing me up there, it showed him that he no longer thinks at his local level in the community but he’s now thinking internationally and globally. So no, I wouldn’t say that we are leaving boys behind. It’s just been that for the longest time girls have been left behind. And this could be because there are not enough resources for girls to be able to go to school and get an education. And also it could be for cultural reasons as well. Girls do need help to catch up to the same level that boys are right now, especially in regard to equal opportunity whether it’s education or any opportunity that comes up as they get older.

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