Education For All.
Empower Girls, Save Communities!
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 in ASAL regions 10% of girl's transit to continue with their education. Girls Scholarship Program is designed to reduce parents burden and ensure girls complete their secondary education. The scholarship provides everything girls need for school from bags, uniform, school fees, books and further support the families with travel grant to take girls to school.
What prevent girls from school
Early Child Marriages
An estimated 23% of girls are married before their 18th birthday in Kenya. Child marriage rates vary across regions, with the North Eastern and Coast regions having the highest prevalence rates, while the Central region and Nairobi have the lowest rates. A high prevalence of HIV in Kenya means that young married girls are particularly at risk. In a study in Kisumu, 33% of married girls surveyed were infected with HIV as opposed to 22% for their sexually active, unmarried counterparts. (Figures from Girls Not Bride)
Girls from North Eastern and Coastal parts of Kenya are often perceived by their families as either an economic burden or valued as capital for their exchange value in terms of goods, money and livestock. To justify these economic transactions, a combination of cultural, traditional and religious arguments are often employed.Child marriage is a gross violation of human rights and a barrier to girls' health and social well-being. It severely impedes Kenya's development efforts including undermining initiatives to raise girls' education, to reduce maternal mortality, and to increase employment and enterprise levels.
Every year, 7.3 million girls become pregnant before they turn 18. Teenage pregnancy increases when girls are denied the right to make decisions about their sexual health and well-being
Poverty and Financial Constrains
The Financial situation and diversification of income is a huge barrier for families, dependency on livestock means families have nothing to fall back on during drought or loss of cattle, pastoralist resources therefore become scarce and they cannot afford to send their children to school
play a significant role whereby girls education is not highly valued and parents largely coming from pastoralist communities do not embrace formal education and do not see the returns of educating a girls. Families would also prefer to educate boys more than girls they believe boys will carry the family lineage. They believe that educating a girl is watering someone else flower. They believe education opens up girls to western culture and delays them from marriage. They don't want their girls exposed as they fear of losing control of their girls