Girls Education Program

We run several programs
Girls Education Equity project ( Daadab  refugee camps)

Key Strategy
The project uses grass root and interactive skills to foster public discourse and engagement around the promotion of girl’s education and the girl’s subsequent retention in school.

Why the project is important

Girls in Daadab refugee camps are repressed by diverse attributes of male dominance, controlled by traditional perceptions of a woman, and abused by the time-honored customs of their diverse communities. The prejudice against girls in refugee settings is not about race or ethnicity, but rather about gender and sexuality. Many of these girls have witnessed horrific scenes characterized by rape, violence, abandonment, starvation, hate and the list is endless. Girls face well-documented economic, socio-cultural, biological and protection barriers that make it more difficult for them – as girls – to access quality education. Demands on their time, conceptions of their gendered roles in the family and community, and biological factors related to their reproductive health are all obstacles to their access to quality education.

Factors currently hindering girl’s education in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps

They include
•    The cost of education – ensuring that communities, parents, and children can afford to school.
•    Poor school environments – ensuring that girls have access to a safe school environment devoid of the conflicts in the region
•    The weak position of women and girls in society – ensuring that society and parents value the education of girls.
•    Conflict – ensuring that children who are excluded due to perennial conflicts have access to schooling.
•    Social exclusion – dominant harmful practices including child marriage, sexual violence, and FGM. Hence, ensuring that girls are not discontinued from school as a result of the above
•    Lack of overall communal goodwill, mentorship, and leadership.
•    Failure to improve the access to and quality of schooling for girls.

The Girls Education Equity Project is a three-level program seeking to link men, boys, and communities to education service providers including government and other agencies for purposes of increasing primary school admission and retention. The project is premised on the belief that boys, men and community participation in girl’s education are a key missing link. Community involvement is clearly related to improved access, and there is growing evidence that community involvement also improves the quality of education offered.