UNICEF Prioritizes Female Education

Carmen Maria Montiel

An experienced television journalist and news anchor, Venezuela native Carmen Maria Montiel has held positions as a reporter for Telemundo-Houston and as a producer of syndicated videos for Ritmos Latinos. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Carmen Maria Montiel has served as on the board of directors for UNICEF since 2009.

UNICEF promotes the rights of children around the world through a number of initiatives, including multiple programs designed to eliminate educational barriers for young girls and achieve greater gender parity. UNICEF strives to empower young girls by advocating for changes in public policy. For example, the organization helped the Kenya Education sector plan include a section on girls’ education investment, and also helped enact policies in South Africa and Zambia that allow girls to return to school after giving birth. According to research, when girls return to secondary education, they earn an average of 25 percent higher wages later in life.

For more information about UNICEF’s educational interventions, visit http://www.unicef.org/education.

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The Latino Learning Center’s Residential Electricity Education Program

Carmen-Maria-Montiel

After a successful career as a bilingual news anchor and producer, Carmen María Montiel currently contributes to organizations like Latino Learning Center in Houston. By leading various fundraising events, such as the 2015 Night with the Stars Gala, Carmen Maria Montiel helps support the Latino Learning Center’s programs.

The Latino Learning Center maintains a number of senior-assistance and educational programs, including the Residential Electricity Education Program. Through the 12-week training program, participants receive basic electrical training designed to help them enter the workforce in apprentice and entry-level positions. The vocational education program is delivered in a bilingual environment to accommodate students whose first language is Spanish while effectively preparing participants to meet a high demand for trained workers in the construction industry.

By emphasizing job-site safety, the Latino Learning Center’s Residential Electricity Education Program also helps prevent workplace accidents among residential construction workers. The program facilitates the educational process through interactive discussions, hands-on learning opportunities, and practical demonstrations.

Dedicated to delivering services to Houston residents from low-income communities, the organization’s Residential Electricity Education program addresses a lack of adult education services and creates a wide range of economic benefits. For example, the program improves the employability of formerly untrained workers, increases workers’ wage earning potential, and reduces the number of people in need of welfare support.