POVERTY AS A HINDRANCE TO GIRLS EDUCATION

Rahel Randy
Posted July 20, 2019 from Cameroon
Susan's Cries out for tution
Helping Susan Graduate

How I helped Susan in my own little way.

I received a message from Susan a young girl who is in her final year in one of the professional universities in my city Douala studing Accounting requesting for tuition assistance. I didn't have up to the needed amount so I promised helping with what I had because her defence was to take place on the 19th of July 2019 at 10am. I rushed to her school and paid part of the tuition because that's all I could afford and I equally pleaded with the school authorities to let her defend then she can get the balance of 200dollars remaining later  they accepted and I left. On the 19th of July 2019 at about 3pm Susan called me crying and pleading I come help because she was denied access to the defence room because of incomplete tuition. I left all that I was doing rushed to her school and tried pleading for the admins to consider her as she had no money and I too had none to complete the fees they insisted I sign an engagement to complete it on the 1st of August which I was oblarge too just so Susan could do her defence and finally she did while crying and it was my first time seing Susan. The picture above we took immediately after her defence and she did excellently well. I get lot's of calls from girls like Susan who love education but yet struggle with tuition issues. How i was able to assist susan pay part of her 600dollars tuition on Friday July 18th 2019. I received a message from Susan a young girl who is in her final year in one of the professional universities in my city Douala studing Accounting requesting for tuition assistance. I didn't have up to the needed amount so I promised helping with 400dollars because thats all i had as her defence was to take place on the 19th of July 2019 at 10am. I rushed to her school and paid 4000dollars being part of her tuition because that's all I could afford and I equally pleaded with the school authorities to let her defend then she can get the balance of 200dollars remaining later  they accepted and I left. On the 19th of July 2019 at about 3pm Susan called me crying and pleading I come help because she was denied access to the defence room because of incomplete tuition. I left all that I was doing rushed to her school and tried pleading for the admins to consider her as she had no money and I too had none to complete the fees they insisted I sign an engagement to complete it on the 1st of August which I was oblarge too just so Susan could do her defence and finally she did while crying and it was my first time seing Susan. The picture above we took immediately after her defence and she did excellently well. I get lot's of calls from girls like Susan who love education but yet struggle with tuition issues. Poverty has ended the education and career dreams of many young girls and women in Cameroon. I have been in Susan's position back in my secondary school days as such i could feel her pain. It's traumatizing but am grateful the admins let her at least complete her finally project while we look up too raising the remaining 200dollars for her tuition so she can get her certificate. 

This story was submitted in response to Equal Education.

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