Greta Drūkteinytė

  • Student
  • Subject: English
  • Location: Lithuania
  • Girl Rising materials used: Film 

Greta interviewed students before and after they watched a chapter in Girl Rising to see if their appreciation of education changed. She presented her findings to her English class. 

Why did you decide to focus on Girl Rising for your project?

I was tasked to make a presentation about a charity or organization and chose Girl Rising. I thought that it’d be an amazing opportunity to educate myself and others, since here in Lithuania, we don’t really hear a lot about countries where girls can’t educate themselves, because everyone has access. Going to school is not difficult for either of us – boys or girls.

I spend a lot of time on the Internet and use apps like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, where I follow lots of accounts which promote gender equality, self-love and acceptance, girls’ empowerment and feminism. I thought that by talking about this, I’d make at least a small difference, since we don’t hear about this every day. Do I think that we should? Yes!

A lot of us complain that we have to go to school and learn things that we don’t necessarily want to learn because “We won’t need them in the future.” I feel like hearing about these problems more would help us learn to love and value what we have now.

Can you tell us a bit more about your presentation? 

One of my presentation’s main tasks was a survey. One of the questions was if our youth should value their education more. The girls I’ve interviewed had to answer this question twice – before and after watching a Girl Rising video, which was about a girl who was struggling to get an education. The results were quite different – after the video, all of the girls said that we should, in fact, value it more.

The fact that the video actually changed girls’ opinions for the better was one of my favourite things about my little project. Some of them even thanked me for letting them take the survey, since it made them understand that things like this [girls not being able to educate themselves, poverty, forced servitude] are still happening, but no one acknowledges it.