Why I fight for the education of refugee girls (like me) | Mary Maker

published 5 months ago by TED Conferences LLC

After fleeing war-torn South Sudan as a child, Mary Maker found security and hope in the school at Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp. Now a teacher of young refugees herself, she sees education as an essential tool for rebuilding lives -- and empowering a generation of girls who are too often denied entrance into the classroom. "For the child of war, an education can turn their tears of loss into a passion for peace," Maker says.

We do not choose where to be born. We do not choose who our parents are. But we do too how we are going to leave alive. I do not choose to be born in south Sudan country rife with conflicts. I do not choose my name. Yeah. Which means wall. I'm always rejected it and all of the legacy it was born into I choose to be called Mary. As a teacher how student front of 120 students so this tape that's not intimidate me. My students come from Wall tone country ...

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