Only three out of 1,000 Afghan women can read or write.

For every 100 boys not in school in Iraq, there are 316 girls not in school.

Educated girls are less vulnerable than uneducated girls to HIV infection.

These are just a few of the facts that Paige McKinsey shared with the audience at the "Give Her A Chance" forum held at Pleasant Valley High School Friday, Dec. 10.

McKinsey, a senior at PVHS, coordinated the event for her senior project.

"This is something I'm very passionate about," she told the audience.

She has learned from her studies that when girls learn, their families and communities benefit.

A donation taken at the door will go directly to Room to Read, a nonprofit organization with chapters in eight countries and in more than 10 states.

It provides school fees, textbooks, uniforms, school supplies and transportation for girls to improve the odds for them to get an education in developing countries.

Guest speakers Dr. Molly Whalen, Director of Women's Studies/Women's Center at East Stroudsburg University, Alice Koehler of the Peace Corps and Dr. Jennifer Weatherford, Director of Global Initiatives and International Programs at Cedar Crest College discussed challenges and solutions to educating girls and young women in some of the world's poorest nations and fielded questions from the audience.