Education For Girls

Sabdio Roba
Posted March 31, 2019 from Kenya

“Why is your name not on the list?” One of my friend’s asked. “I think these teachers favor you so much because you are the best performing girl in the class” she added. I just smiled at her and continued staring at the teacher who was still reading out the names of those who have not paid tuition fees, silently praying not to be called out. That was when we were in primary school grade eight and we had holiday tuition. My parents could not afford to pay for the lessons. The tuition was optional but I could not afford to miss it, so I used to plan very well to ensure I take part in the whole holiday session. I discovered that the teacher in charge normally writes down the names of all the students who will be available for the tuition during the first three days. So I used to be absent for the first three days, by the time I come in most of the students have paid their fees and teachers normally follows the list which does not have my name. I silently study like an “invisible” student, they only find out when we are done with exams and I appear to be among the top and by that time there is nothing they can do about it!

You see, I grew up as the first born of a very poor family with a disabled father who struggled every moment of his life for my siblings and I. I never had that conducive environment for me to learn, I walked a huge distance to school sometimes hungry and on worn-out shoes, but I knew what I wanted, just to learn. Somehow, a divine power kept on reminding me that if only I concentrate on my studies and work hard then I can be a source of change for my family and community. During our days in primary school, students from well off families used to leave most of their revision books in class when we go home, so I use to report to school an hour before others in the morning just to read their books before they turn up for morning preps. I was so afraid of borrowing every now and then, you see the things with poverty is that it really affects your self-esteem and confidence. 

One day my lovely dad came home so excited, I was reading in front of our house and behind him was a guy carrying a new sewing machine. “I got a new machine which belongs to you, so you don’t have to study much because we have no resource to take you for any further studies,” He said. I just looked at him and felt deep in my heart that somehow I will find a way to university level and I did. Today my dad is a proud man.

Studying was really difficult but I thank God for that first-hand experience of what vulnerable girls go through especially during adolescence, from need of sanitary support to mentorship, moral support and support for opportunities to learn. That background inspires me to stand up for that vulnerable girl every moment. I believe that every girl needs an opportunity to learn and excel. I am currently advocating for girls’ education which is not easy, I remember begging a mother to take her daughter to school for three consecutive days. I exhausted every point and on the third day I just kept on saying “am still here.” Finally, she accepted but with one condition that I cater for all her school expenses because the family can’t afford. I just had to accept but I know it needs more than I can afford because So far we have several girls in school. Every day you meet vulnerable girls who need opportunities for growth, many need to be rescued from practices such as early marriage but I hope one day we will get it all done. I pray that someday every parent will understand that immense power in educating girls.

 

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Jill Langhus
Apr 01
Apr 01

Hi Sabdio,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I'm glad your organization is ensuring that girls receive an education. I, too, hope that one day every parent realizes the potential of all girls being educated as well.

Hope you have a great week!

Sabdio Roba
Apr 13
Apr 13

Thanks dear Jill,
Hope you are doing great. We are really trying..In case you know any organization that can support/fund adolescent girls education link us up..
Best regards
Sabdio

Jill Langhus
Apr 14
Apr 14

You're welcome:-)

I am, thanks! Good to hear, and I'm sure you are.

I will keep an eye out, and do make sure you're checking the WP "Resources" page regularly, too, as there are quite a few good opportunities on there.

Good luck to you, dear. Hope you have a great day, and week!

Amonge
Apr 03
Apr 03

Hi Sabdio,
So inspiring indeed, I believe I will also one day go to collage ,when a girl is educated the the society is blessed, which part of Kenya are you in, maybe we can work together. When we come together great things happen, continue.

Sabdio Roba
Apr 13
Apr 13

Dear Siz,
I am so glad to have inspired you. Yes you can go to collage and nothing can stand on your way. I come from Marsabit, northern part of Kenya in a beautiful desert called chalbi desert. We can work together and bring out the best
Much love
Sabdio

Bettina Amendi
Apr 06
Apr 06

Good Initiative Sabdio,we need to link up to deliberate more.Nice weekend.

Sabdio Roba
Apr 13
Apr 13

Thanks dear siz,
Yes we need to link up and will ensure to look for you once I visit Nairobi.
Best Regards,
Sabdio

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 14
Apr 14

Dear Sabdio,
What strength and determination you have, and how brilliant to skip those first 3 days. And how deeply unfair for you to have had to endure that stress. You kept going and have emerged as such an important leader. Some would justly carry on to build their own lives, but these are your words that touched my heart deeply. "That background inspires me to stand up for that vulnerable girl every moment." Our Governments need to make free education for all children a priority. The girls in your country are lucky to have you speaking out and finding ways for them to be in school. And we in World Pulse are lucky to have you as an Ambassador.
With love in sisterhood,
Tam

Sabdio Roba
Apr 26
Apr 26

Dear Tam,
Thank you so much. Yeah, I agree education needs to be free for every child. Our government made primary education free but still you find students being chased away for some sort of funds every now and then. Incase you can link me up with organizations/donors/individuals who can support girls education kindly let me know.
Much love in sisterhood,
Sabdio

Beth Lacey
Jul 10
Jul 10

Yes, every single girl deserves these opportunities