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.
At African Initiatives we provide girls with a safe place to sleep, study and socialise through the provision of dormitories right next to school. We engage key community members in the importance of girls’ education and the roles and responsibilities of parents and the wider community.
“I hope that once I become a teacher, they will begin to appreciate the benefit of education for girls, because if you educate one girl, you give a light to the whole community, as what we learn first, we learn from our mothers.”
– Nabulu Karia, Girls Club member 2015