Education is the key to healthy and productive lives

Lilian Mukoche
Posted April 20, 2013 from Kenya

Education is one of the most powerful,long-term and sustainable solutions that the world has to reduce global poverty and improve the lives of billions of people. It can provide people with the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy and productive lives as well as promote economic and political stability.

Educating girls can raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality, improve nutrition and promote health(including the prevention of HIV/AIDS), and increase the likelihood of education in subsequent generations. Yet girls currently make up more than half of all children out of school.

Just like what i witness in my community, when money is scarce, parents tend to place greater value on educating their sons,who are assumed to be the future breadwinners of the family.The other barriers witnessed are as follows:-

a) over reliance on women and girls for household and farm labor thus girls are often expected to contribute more than boys with regard to household chores and upkeep.

b) Lack of family funds and resources for school fees and supplies-The high cost of enrolling girls in school-combined with the loss of valuable help at home-makes it not "worth it" to many poor families.

c) Concerns about safety also keep girls in our community home, for they have to walk up to 10 miles to reach the classrooms.

d) Practices such as early marriages

e) The undervaluing of education for girls in general society.

f) Frequent school absences from preventable diseases.

These barriers have caused many girls in my community to be house wives for they don't have education that will enable them to be working women. Most of them survive by doing farm work of which unfortunately most of them are again unable to take their children to school.

Fortunately for me, i was brought up in a family which values education and my father being a headteacher in a local school in my village that made it easy for me to attain education without any difficulties but some girls in the village opt to work as house girls for a while in search for funds to go back to school and a few of them have managed and finally attained their dreams.

Ensuring that girls receive the education they deserve requires a coordinated, global effort by individuals communities, businesses and government.Developing countries like Kenya must work to abolish school fees, build more schools, hire more teachers, encourage parents and communities to invest in girls education and create girl-friendly schools that are safe and without bias.

My vision is to partner with local organizations and community leaders to work with girls, their families and their communities to promote the importance of girls education, help families work through the obstacles that keep their daughters from going to school and assist teachers, families and community members in promoting and supporting girls education at all levels.

Girls Transform the World 2013

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pelamutunzi
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 20, 2013

I agree with your solutions to put more girls in school. the situation you stated above is the same as the one prevailing in my own country and poverty is the major cause of all these problems

Lilian Mukoche
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 20, 2013

Hi Pelamutunzi, Thanks for agreeing with me and we hope to get solutions for this problems. All thanks to world pulse for giving us space to raise our voices.

Love

Aminah
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 20, 2013

The social construct of requiring girls/women to take the burden of household chores is something should not be there. In some communities a boy gets to sit around the house and not lift a bone while the girls in the house are supposed to cook, clean, wash, serve and also every little household chore.

It should be a shared responsibility. With men and women working together in mutual harmony and understanding.

Empowering women, sensitizing men is the way to go.

Regards Aminah

Sally Isabel
Apr 25, 2013
Apr 25, 2013

Really clear explanation of the problem and wonderful proposal for a solution. How do you envision the future for girls' access to education? Satellite schools? Would you incorporate online education too if there is access to computers? I wish you the best!

Lilian Mukoche
Apr 26, 2013
Apr 26, 2013

Hi sally, Thanks for your comments and what you are saying is the way to go. All i need for online education are computers and il be set. love

Lilian Mukoche
Apr 26, 2013
Apr 26, 2013

Hi sally, Thanks for your comments and what you are saying is the way to go. All i need for online education are computers and il be set. love

wizamamat
Apr 26, 2013
Apr 26, 2013

Thank you khatondi for highlighting the challenges girls are facing! One of the points you raised stands out: the prevailing attitude that women and girls don't really need to be educated. It is important for us, as agents if change, to continue to stress the importance of girl education. I appreciate the fact that you shared about your privileged background, more importantly, I love the fact that you are observant of the challenges facing girls in your community. The calling of a woman is beyond that of raising children and being house helps.

Carmen
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 27, 2013

Thank you for highlighting the challenges and issues in your country. You seem to have a clear vision for movement towards closing the gender inequality gap.

Inspired!

Lilian Mukoche
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 27, 2013

Thanks Carmen, am encouraged.

love

Lorraine Cook
May 09, 2013
May 09, 2013

Your statement that "Education is one of the most powerful, long-term and sustainable solutions that the world has to reduce global poverty and improve the lives of billions of people" is simple and true. It stopped me when I read it. I imagined what it would be like if the global family was committed to providing a good education for every child born on earth, if that's what we valued most. What if we took all the money and energy that gets spent on wars and put it to what we want, instead of toward what we don't want.

I agree with you that we start wherever we are. Good for you for sharing your vision in your community. More and more as women stand up and speak out, things are changing. I appreciate your perspective and your voice and wish you well on your journey.

Lilian Mukoche
May 10, 2013
May 10, 2013

Hi Lorraine? Am so touched with your encouragement. I pray that God sees me through my vision.

cheers!