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Washington Adventist University Student Presented at the United Nations General Assembly Recently

Takoma Park, MD (September 29, 2017)  Washington Adventist University's Marie-Claire Kaberamanzi, a second-year nursing major, presented at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 20. The event, “Financing the Future: Education 2030,” focused on the education crisis currently affecting 260 million youth who are not receiving an instruction. Kaberamanzi spoke during the session on girl’s education and the importance of getting them into school.

Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kaberamanzi did not attend school because her family feared for their safety due to the ongoing war. When they fled to Zambia, she was given the opportunity to go to school for the first time at the age of 11. However, due to the harassment they faced as refugees, she was in and out of schools for eight years. This situation only worsened following the murder of her mother. Kaberamanzi moved to the United States in 2015, and she became the first in her family to graduate from high school.

Leading this session was Malala Yousafzai, who had extended an invitation to Kaberamanzi when the two first met in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on a Girl Power Trip. During the General Assembly, Yousafzai reminded those present that two years ago, at the last general assembly, the sustainable development goals included a plan for free, safe, and quality education for all girls. She expressed her concern for the dramatic cuts that had occurred since then and explained why educating girls would benefit all of society.

“When Malala first heard my story, I did not know her, but when I got to know her, she inspired me with her own story,” shares Kaberamanzi. “I took her invitation as an opportunity to share my message in the hope that someone will hear with the spirit to help girls.”

Presently, Kaberamanzi is studying abroad in Spain on a scholarship she won after entering a fashion show competition held on the Washington Adventist University campus.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

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