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