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Posted at 10:44 PM ET, 01/30/2011

Education, women's empowerment and more education

By Lorna Solis

As the World Economic Forum draws to a close, I know that my work has just begun. My “to do” list just grew by reams of paper over the past four days. Sleep has not been easy -- not just for the evening gatherings and early morning discussion groups, but for the fact that I have glimpsed my place in the global community and I cannot stop thinking.

Education. Education. Education. Meeting upon meeting has shown me that my team and I at Blue Rose Compass are on to something. We knew it several years ago when we started our journey to link refugees to educational, nutritional and character-building resources, emphasizing our outreach to the most marginalized in so many ravaged societies: young women. But I now understand through the Davos conference how vitally important it is to continue to focus our efforts as a global community toward empowering future global leaders through education.

An amazing workshop called "Bridging the Gender Gap" reinforced my experiences that empowering women, and especially young secondary school-age women, is a vital priority to permanently ending those societal prejudices and cultural norms that have kept young girls from attending school. Once empowered through higher education, these women will have access to the tools and resources with which they can fight to end violence against women. One of their main tools to close the gender gap will be through education.

Several Young Global Leaders who share similar goals feel the same. I met with several deans of the most prestigious universities who were also on board with scholarships and mentoring. Professor Christopher Jahns, president of the European Business School, has joined our mission through his offers of several scholarships to BRC. Thank you, Christopher! You get it! We are well on our way to bringing Klaus Schwab’s vision of sharing our knowledge and valuable resources to positively shape the future for countless deserving students who will then reshape their families, communities and governments.

My time in Davos has been well spent. The already existing relationships have just become stronger and I look forward to nurturing the new relationships I have built so that we can together as a conscious collective bring positive and lasting change to our global community and especially to war-torn countries.

These are the thoughts in my head in the early morning moments I have to myself. I think of the young men and women in the refugee camps and how I cannot wait to return with the news that they have a future outside the camp fences. To those amazing donors who have committed to helping Blue Rose Compass these past few days, I thank you. Our future scholars thank you. Our global community thanks you.

Lorna Solis is the founder and chief executive of Blue Rose Compass (www.bluerosecompass.org)

By Lorna Solis  | January 30, 2011; 10:44 PM ET
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