Faith, my junior sister, I can describe her in three words, enthusiastic, go-getting, courageous. Growing up she had so many dreams, she wanted to be everything, a doctor, nurse, engineer, she was probably too excited, she loved education and the possible outcome just overwhelmed her. Whenever I go to the village for holidays she will always tell me, sister I want to come to the university, am working extremely hard, I have not yet decided on what I want to be in the future but in any field I choose I know I will be the best.
Two weeks ago, I got a call from Faith, her tone was different, faith is a fast-talker, she doesn’t count her words but she struggled to say good morning. “What is the problem I responded “. She said I want to tell you something please don’t be angry. With much fear and panic I asked her in a loud tone “are you pregnant? She said No, for a moment I was relieved, then I asked did you steal anything, she said, “Godforbeit” you know am not a thief. At that moment, I lost my patience and I shouted stop wasting my time I have a lot to do just tell me already.
“Sister I have lost interest in education" she said, I paused for a while, her words stroke my heart and I thought to myself I wish you were pregnant, I didn’t know when my voice tone increased, how can you say that what happened to all your dreams? stopping school at what age who have you been listening to? I didn’t know I had asked so many questions until I heard her sobbing. I asked her in a soft tone, tell me what happened.
She recounted I am nineteen years old, I have not gone to school for four years now since the crisis started,
This year when I started school, I felt like there is a block in my brain, I don’t understand any subject, am feeling too old for form five. What do you want to do? , I asked faintly I just want to get married she says. I wasn’t the only one who was heartbroken, my parents were and all attempts to make her change her mind has been futile.
Who should I blame? Faith just like many others found herself in a situation she could not control.
What happens when youths start losing their interest in education?
I want peace, peace peace
I want children to go to school without fear