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As you read this there are young women in the developing world who are waking up and not going to school. Not because they have a cold or they're on school holidays. Instead they've been told they can't go. Others live too far from the school and can't travel there safely while some can't afford the tuition, books or a school uniform.
Room to Read, a global non-profit organisation, focuses on this issue in Asia and Africa through their Girls' Education Program. Through this program, Room to Read works with a group of girls at a school and supports each individual through financial means, academic tutoring and life skills training workshops. The program aims to ensure that girls are able to complete secondary school and are equipped with knowledge to make key life decisions. To make all of this happen and to send a girl to school for one year costs $250.
Are you keen to take action and help? Room to Read's second annual global yoga benefit, Namaste World!, on 1st June 2013 invites yoga studios, teachers and students to say "Namaste" and give girls an opportunity to receive an education – and to dream big. Here are a six ideas for getting involved in this special day:
1) Visit the Namaste World! site to download flyers. Share this information with your studio or teacher and ask if they would consider running a class (or series of classes) to support the initiative. It's not limited to just yoga studios either – meditation centres, pilates and Xtend Barre studios are encouraged to join the benefit.
2) Attend a class that's running in your area. List of cities with participating studios can be found on the Namaste World! site.
3) If there aren't any classes near you, host a Namaste World! event at home. Get together with some friends and practise together with a DVD or CD (you could source one at your local library or easily find a practice online). Have some healthy snacks to enjoy after your hard work and ask each person to contribute what they are comfortable with. Any amount helps - $25 alone is enough to buy a girl a bicycle to travel safely to and from school.
4) If you're a teacher or studio owner, organise a class or pledge to donate a percentage of sales from classes, mats, books, water or other items sold at your studio.
5) Are you a qualified teacher but just starting out? Perfect! Ask your friends to join you for a class at the park or rented space and ask each person to make a minimum donation. You gain experience while making it possible for a girl to think big about her future.
6) Not really much of a yogi? You can still help by spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about getting involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Room to Read and the Girls' Education Program at www.roomtoread.org.