BRIDGING CHILD LABOUR TO LITERACY

Elizabeth Ziro
Posted November 27, 2019 from Kenya

Child labor is the exploitation of children through any form of work that deprives them of their childhood privileges, interferes with their ability to attend school regularly and is mentally, physically socially and morally harmful. As a champion for the girl child and an Award-winning 2019 community heroines in community service within the Coast region of Kenya, my dream and goal in life is to see every child feel loved and taken care of as a child ,throughout my presentation the violated Human rights like child abuse, Domestic violence, misogyny, sexism, discrimination on gender, cultural differences and teaching/ learning methodology used to interrupt teenage pregnancies and how much resistance from the secular, cultural, religious and administrative bodies this type of approach has been criticized with no tangible solutions being offered.. A passion that i personally fight for everywhere i go to see it successful. I tend to come across diverse cases of child labor among them a case i recently bumped into. This one afternoon after several days of seeing this young girl moving door to door selling vegetables with her mum and 6 siblings, i stood at my gate and asked to purchase some vegetables with the intention of inquiring more about them. To my surprise, they opened up to me on how the girl and her 6 siblings survived with their mum only their brother is going to school, due to financial constraint and society considering educating the girl child as a waste of time. Their father who was the sole breadwinner passed on leaving them with no one to depend on. This led to all her elder sisters dropping out to assist their mum in looking for their daily bread. Saumu was then 6 years old and had never stepped in school. She desired to learn but they were not in position to help her realize her dream os schooling. It didn't take me long when i visited them at their home which aint far from mine. Here, i met the extended family. I wasn't decided on who to take back to school because, in as much as i wanted them all in school, it was next to impossible.  I am glad to have met one of their uncle whom we shared ideas and he proposed i take Saumu since the rest had been out of school for so long and it might be hard for them to catch up leading to disappointments. Having made up my mind, i visited a nearby school and asked for her admission being the guardian. I raised a campaign on social media and Saumu got well_wishers. As i pen down this, I am glad to state that this is her 3rd year and she is doing very well. I am glad i came in to help her achieve her dream,with education anyone is able to stand and fight for their rights. In my own way, i helped her too from the dangers of defilement, teen pregnancy and eventually child marriage. Indeed no human is limited. All children deserve the best despite their background situation.

This story was submitted in response to #IStandWithHer.

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Jill Langhus
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Hello Dear Liz,

Thanks for sharing your activism post as well as your story about poor Saumu. What a doll she is:-) Please keep us posted on her progress. What happened to her siblings? Are they still out of school?

Hope you're doing well and having a great week!

XX

Elizabeth Ziro
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Hello,
I will sure keep you posted. Sad, her siblings did not manage to go to school and one happens to be a child mother.
Sending best wishes for the week!!!

Jill Langhus
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Hi Liz,

Great! Oh:-( That is sad. Oh, dear:-(

Thank you!

Elizabeth Ziro
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Even still more afraid, the other girls may follow suit and the boy may not be able to complete his primary level of education :-(

Jill Langhus
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Oh, dear:-( Well, I hope that doesn't happen.

XX

Carol Sunborn
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Good job! How I wish every family had a safety net to help when the breadwinner leaves a family desperate. Your help was amazing.

Elizabeth Ziro
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Hi Carol, sure!! With such safety measures in place, every child regardless of her financial status could be in a position to realize her dreams. Thank you, it is the little i could do, wish i could do more.

Anita Shrestha
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Thank you for sharing

Elizabeth Ziro
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

I am humbled Anita

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Dear Elizabeth,
This is true action. And by you outlining all of what is happening that leads to girls not being in school, and by introducing us to Saumu, we can celebrate what one action by a World Pulse sister can do. The photos say so much. Thank you too for challenging all of the sources that contribute to this unfair system being in place: "resistance from the secular, cultural, religious and administrative bodies". While we work collectively for change, let's make sure that by personally considering what we can do, we find ways to support as many girls in school as possible.

Elizabeth Ziro
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Thank you Tamarack,
Being born a girl should not mean living with less freedom and rights than a boy. Girls are ready to stand up and be counted, so we are giving them the mic!!

Basudha Modak
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Congratulations for striving to succeed in keeping a girl in school. Have u considered reskilling the elder kids ..according to their capacity,so they become self reliant ?

Elizabeth Ziro
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

Many thanks. I have had that in mind, but the big challenge has been financing.

Basudha Modak
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Congratulations for succeeding in keeping a girl at school.Is it an option for the other girls to be reskilled ?Is there a way I can help,as I have created small videos to help elder kids learn nonacademic stuff .Let us build them up .
Will wait to hear from you .

Elizabeth Ziro
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

That would be great! Please share the videos, il see how best that can work. Looking forward for the best.
Hope you have a good time

Basudha Modak
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

Will do as soon as I have a bit time ..End December surely .

Elizabeth Ziro
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

I will be patiently waiting. Have a good time

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

Hello, dear Elizabeth,

I applaud you for your unwavering passion to help women and girls. Thank you for raising the issue of child labor. You have a huge heart for finding resources to bring girls back to school. Keep up the great work.

Thank you for sharing!

Elizabeth Ziro
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Dear Karen, Many thanks
Girls play a crucial role in solving the most persistent development problems facing the world today. By investing in their economic potential thru education and delaying child marriage and teen pregnancy the cycle of poverty can be broken once and for all.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

I agree! Keep up the great work, dear! So proud of you.