The Education of the Girl Child

Njokem Gladys Mah
Posted February 8, 2020 from Cameroon

My name is Musong Gladys Mah Njokem born in a polygamous family in Mbengwi a small town in the Northwest region of Cameroon, My father had the desire to  educate me up to university but the means was not available because of the large family he had,He encouraged his friends to send their girl children to school of which most of them did,Due to the fact that the family was large i had to stop school after my secondary school.

I got married then at the age of 18yrs had my only child at 19 my husband had to continue to educte me until i had my Grade one teacher's certificate

We were three girls from my mother the last one died leaving 5 children that I'm talking care of presently the third one (a girl has the GCE A/L certificate and no job the forth a girl again is in the university in the second year while the last of them is in secondary school.

My dream is to see these girls to go to higher heights in their education they don't have a father nor mother any more but i pray that as they are willing to study i will help them.

Though my income is small i have resorted to do farming in order to make them achieve their dreams

My cry is that the girl child should have abetter place in the society 

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maeann
Feb 08
Feb 08

Welcome to World Pulse Gladys :) Your story is your power. Thank you for sharing your story. You have a good heart.

Tarke Edith
Feb 08
Feb 08

Wao sis Gladys you are welcome to world pulse.
I am very happy you have finally log on to this great platform of women.
Thank for you have heard my advice to be a member of this forum.
Dear sister feel at home and keep writing more stories.
Thanks again for sharing your educational struggle up to where you are today.
I know God is going to give your strength to bring up those chrildren .

laison sylvie
Feb 08
Feb 08

Courage sister they will forever be grateful for the opportunity and will definitely make you proud.

Jill Langhus
Feb 08
Feb 08

Hello Gladys,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Oh, wow! That's amazing that that you're helping your sisters get through school. I'm sure that they'll cherish this gift from you forever. I agree on girls having a better standard of living. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your work, goals and passions, dear.

Hello, Gladys,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy that another voice from Cameroon is rising up!

Your cry for every girl child to have a better place in society is also ur cry. We are happy you are here. Welcome home!

Please write more. We love to know your stories. Your journey matters here. Have a great day!

Anita Shrestha
Feb 09
Feb 09

Thank you for sharing this nice things, please do continue.

Metiege Noel Eve
Feb 10
Feb 10

Congratulations sis for your vision and strength. The fact that you have the good will to educate those girls to any length GOD almighty is going to provide. Educating women and girls is worth an investment because they constitute the greatest part of the society and they are the most vulnerable and their education will boost the countries economic growth and stability in the society GOD BLESS YOU.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Gladys,
Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is hard for many girls in Africa to go to school mainly because they come from polygamous families and the education of the girl child is mainly considered a priority. I am happy that your husband took the responsibility to educate , this is very unlikely of African men. He has raised the bar high for many other men in your society to follow suit. I pray that God provides for you to educate your sisters children. Education is the best gift you can ever give a child.
Thank you for sharing and incase I come across any opportunities I will share the links with you.
All the best in your endeavors.

Felicitas Wung
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hello sister Gladys and welcome to the Noble platform. I admire the love you are showing to those children. I pray God gives you the necessary resources and the strength to sponsor them to the highest level.

Beth Lacey
Feb 12
Feb 12

You are so generous to provide the means and mentoring for all these girls to become educated

Marie Abanga
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear Ma,

Thanks for sharing your story. Good you had a father with a good intention for you, and so even when he could no longer afford your husband did. Today you do it too to your nieces instead of only focusing on your son. This is so inspiring and motivating. I know they appreciate and will do it to many others in the future too. That is how we will change the world and create better places for the girl child tomorrow.
Warm regards
Marie

Endale Edith
Feb 17
Feb 17

Dear Gladys,

I salute you for your strength. You didn't only stand tall for yourself but your are doing so for other young girls. Keep up the good work.

Dr Jackie
Mar 18
Mar 18

Hi Sis Gladys,
I am really glad to read about your resolve in making sure the girls in your family are educated. All it takes in this life is good will and that you have already. The world needs more wonderful souls like you. Cheers

Jackie