Pastoralist Girls Initiative.
Empower Girls, Save Communities!
Based on our commitment to rights to education, we promote and advocate for education for All, we work with government, private institutions, schools, teachers, parents, students and communities to ensure quality education for all. The Kenyan education system mirrors this inequality of opportunity, While there are progressive education policies in place, impressive academic institutions, and public education is provided at both primary and secondary level, education often fails to reach people in remote and poor communities.
The most marginalized children in Kenya have traditionally been identified as coming from the ASAL (Arid /Semi-Arid Lands) regions. Over 50% children in these areas have never attended school.Only 30% (Net Enrolment Ratio) of girls enter primary school, out of which only 16.5% complete this level of education. When it comes to Secondary enrolment, the representation of girls is minimal.The region is ranked lowest in the country in terms of school performance and literacy.
In many cases it is not poverty that is the barrier to education. Providing free public primary education among pastoralist communities only raised enrolment from 45 to 50%. The larger problem is that the current education system is not suited to pastoral life. From the language of instruction, to the location of schools, and the hours of the classes, traditional schools don't fit with pastoralists' way of life. We implement our strategies in four areas to promote education in the region; Society, infrastructure, policy and students related issues