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dreaming
Dreaming by Hartwig HKD is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

In a message for International Women’s Day (last Wednesday), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka UN Women Executive Director called for changes to be made by men and women worldwide to fight injustice. One of the most moving statements is:

 

We have to start change at home and in the earliest days of school, so that there are no places in a child’s environment where they learn that girls must be less, have less, and dream smaller than boys.

What do you think? Certainly education plays a large role in exploring those dreams: to widen participation and nurture ambition. We would add that books are resources at the heart of learning beyond the classroom.

We highlight 8 women writers and activists this month on display in the LRC. These women are: Nawal al Sadaawi, Laura BatesChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Angelou, Amy Tan, Ursula Le Guin and Margaret Atwood. We hope to inspire students to read widely, to share their thoughts and experiences and to give support to other women and men so that everyone sees their potential.

Can books and reading really help in achieving all that? Lisa Bu is one woman who talks passionately about how reading and comparing books changed her life. Her outlook on the importance of dreams (even if they are shattered) is inspiring. Listen to her story in this 5 minute TED video:

 

We’ve just added a recording of the ITV programme Girls with Autism to our collection. Over 30% of our learners at Hillcroft come with a disability/learning disability so this programme gave us useful insight into how young women handle autism and learning.

The programme broadcast on 15 July 2015 Book whirl of many titles followed three pupils at Limpsfield Grange School in Surrey which is a state-run boarding school for girls with autism. It focuses also on their teachers and parents and their learning as well as their social lives. Read more details on the ITV press release. If you didn’t see the programme you can catch up with it on ITV Player. There’s also a book to accompany the programme called M is for Autism written by the students and published by Jessica Kingsley.

If you’re interested in finding out more about autism or Asperger’s Syndrome take a look at our library catalogue resources.


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