Obama weekend on EDUCATION

Naomi Kinyanjui
Posted July 27, 2015 from Kenya

President Obama spent his weekend in Nairobi, Kenya. It has been an exciting couple of days, mostly because of the Global Enterpreneurship summit 2015 which was being held here and simply because we could not believe that Obama was here! The atmosphere was on high security, closed roads and excitement in the air. Truly i wasnt expecting to be very bothered by his presence here, however, that quickly changed.

How affirmation on various issues took the lead in his visit, touching on corruption (and how to end it!) gay rights, women and most relevant for me GIRL CHILD EDUCATION. In one of the forums where he had a session with representatives, one of the girls there called Linet spoke of her future dreams to be a cardiologist. She explained the story of her close friend who underwent FGM and thereafter got married off. She is from the Masaai community. Was devastating to her that her friend is now 15 years old with TWO children and yes it is 2015 in Kenya as well.

Thank you for affirming the important issue that the girls in marginalised communities are not getting education which is a human right.

ps. Linet didnt have any dreams before being rescued from early marriage, educated and given the ability to dream.

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  • Drew Dakessian
    Jul 27, 2015
    Jul 27, 2015


    When you say that you did turn out to be "bothered by his presence here," do you mean that you've found his visit to be disruptive, and thus, unwelcome? If so, why? It seems that at least you appreciated his visit because it provided the opportunity to have a dialogue on human rights issues, especially women's rights. Tell us more!

    Looking forward to reading more,


  • Naomi Kinyanjui
    Jul 28, 2015
    Jul 28, 2015

    Hi Drew, normally when high profile officials visit our country everything comes to a complete stand still, including the economy e.g people dont go to work employers cancel work & even school is cancelled because of the incinvenience of blocked/cloased roads. A lot of business owners lost out on income for the days the delegations are around more so the small business people on the routes being used. So because i understood that is was going to be disruptive i immediately wasnt concerned about the visit. However he turned out to leave us with some life long messages together with changing some peoples for the better. 

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