About Me:
My name is Deb Knowles and I am a Teacher for the Montgomery County School District in Troy, North Carolina. I am very excited to be a part of the World Pulse program. I came into teaching three years ago as a second career teacher from New York who had a distorted vision of the teacher/student exchange that would take place in my classroom. My dream of relaying information to a student body that is eager to learn and grow into productive citizens was met full force with the reality that many of my students were living in poverty and education may not have been their first priority.
This year I selected a few 7th grade African American girls to help me sponsor a girl and follow her academic progress. It is my hope that our little group will grow into a chapter that encourages and supports the importance for girls to get an education, stay in school, and break the cycle of poverty.

My Passions:
Keeping kids in school

My Challenges:
Poverty

My Vision for the Future:
100 percent graduating class

My Areas of Expertise:
Teacher, artist

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Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace! Fatima

Deb, I'd like to introduce you to Leila who is an enterprising young 14 year old in Kenya who dreams of opening a school for young girls who are orphans. "We have already identified a piece of land which we can use to build a school and where the girls can live. The place is next to the lake and i thought that we could make it a beach school, where the children can enjoy the lake shore and visitors to the school can also have fun."

As you can see, this is no ordinary 14 year old! Leila moderates a group called the Girl Revolution, which is a space for young women around the world to discuss, collaborate and share how they are making a difference in their communities. Though girls are often unheard and unseen in global discussions, the world is waking up to the fact that the greatest force for global change lies in the hands of girls. I think it could be a life-changing experience for your students to converse with their peers around the globe, exchange ideas and dreams, and learn what each other's daily life challenges are. You can find Leila's group at: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/10593

You also might want to share with your girls the article that inspired the group and appeared in the most recent issue of World Pulse magazine.

http://worldpulse.com/magazine/articles/girl-revolution [excerpt] Study after study shows that girls—more than 600 million strong in the developing world—hold the key to their communities’ successful future when they’re schooled and mentored in leadership. When a girl in the developing world gets at least seven years of education, she will get married four years later and have 2.2 fewer children, breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty. And an educated girl will apply 90% of her income back into her family, while a boy invests only 35%. Even one extra year of primary school boosts girls’ potential wages by as much as 20%, according to a 2002 study from the World Bank in Washington, DC.

And lastly, I urge you to watch the video, "The Girl Effect" with your students as it speaks to how girls are the most likely agents of change but they are often invisible to their societies and to the media. http://www.worldpulse.com/magazine/spotlights/watch-it-the-girl-effect

Deb, I hope that you will share more of your work with your girls on PulseWire and introduce them to young girls speaking out in their communities around the worls. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can assist you in any way or to help you get started on PulseWire. I look forward to hearing more from you. Best wishes, Janice World Pulse

Hi Deb,

I'm so glad you found our community! Your activities sound so inspiring and I know many of us on PulseWire would love to hear more about your work. You will find a lot of support here. Let me know if you have any questions about the community and I will help to get you started. I look forward to hearing more from you on PulseWire!

Be well, Michelle

Michelle World Pulse Technology Associate

Hii Deb It is indeed a blessing that we are able to connect together through PluseWire. This forum makes it possible for us to connect and share our dreams and struggles. Like yourself my passion for the kids and especially girls is so great and as i mentioned on my profile i had dreamed of working towards helping orphans (especialy girls) get education. To that end initiated Lifewater Academy project, that is designed to help orphans and vulnerable children who are on the verge of dropping out of school or joining the street life because they have no one to support them. I look forward to share together about our work as i see alot of similarities.

Go forth!!! You have been blessed to a blessing