We believe that girls have a right to education and that when girls are educated, everyone benefits. Poor families often struggle to send their children to secondary school and many parents see no value in educating their daughter when she will soon be married off. Girls living in pastoralist communities are particularly at risk – their drop-out rates and poor performance are made worse by family displacement, initiation ceremonies (Esoto), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and early and forced marriage (EFM).
Working with our community-based partners, we provide girls with a safe place to sleep, study and socialise through the provision of onsite dormitories. We engage key community members in the importance of girls’ education and the roles and responsibilities of parents and the wider community.