Spotlight: The Power of Education with Let Girls Learn Exchange Students

IMG_0745This week, in honor of International Day of the Girl, 42 changemaking girls from Morocco and Liberia came to Washington, D.C. for the Let Girls Learn U.S. Exchange Program. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Rihab Boutadghart from Morocco and Sandoral Nyandibo from Liberia who shared their passion for education and what the #StateofWomen could look like if we let girls learn.

Rihab Boutadghart is an 18 year old from Zagora, Morocco, who has a passion for science and technology. She is a TechGirl alumna; an exchange program designed to empower and inspire young girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue careers in science and technology. Being from a remote town in southeast Morocco where girls are still expected to marry at an early age, she strongly believes in the importance of education for girls and even participated in a youth TV program focused on education called “Do You Understand Us.” Rihab continues to encourage and inspire girls throughout Morocco to work hard in school and follow their dreams.

Sandoral Nyandibo has become a leader for girls health education in Liberia at just 17 years old. Sandoral is the founder of “Active Kids,” an organization that promotes leadership in young people, the Vice President of the United Girls Organization, which strives to educate young girls about social abuse and teen pregnancy, and a 2015 Pan African Youth Leadership Program participant. She has made further contributions to her community by organizing several events to help clean her Monrovia neighborhood and educate people about the Ebola virus in 2014-2015. She works by selling small items on the street to help her family pay her school fees in order to someday become a doctor.