Our Challenges

Girl Child Education

Every girl has a right to an education, but close to 62 million girls around the world are not in school, and even more struggle to remain where they belong – in the classroom. Every day, girls are taken out of school, married far too young, and subjected to violence in school. And yet, it's proven that with an education, girls can lift themselves – and everyone around them – out of poverty.

Factors Affecting Girl Education:

Many barriers stand in the way of girls receiving the quality education they deserve. Most of these obstacles are unimaginable to marinalized people of Garissa County, but to girls living in the urburn centers, it's a daily reality. These include:

  • Early and forced marriage.
  • Poverty.
  • Family care and domestic housework
  • The long distance to school.
  • The cost of education.
  • Lack of proper school infrustructure like washrooms.

How to get girls back in the classroom

  • Provide equal access to education by developing gender-sensitive learning environments for girls.
  • Educate boys and men about gender equality by engaging them in developing gender-sensitive learning environments for both boys and girls.
  • Keep schools safe for girls by providing them with a safe learning environment, free of violence, abuse and bullying.
  • Provide school feeding programs that keep girls' stomachs full, their brains active and offer parents incentives to send their daughters to school.
  • Give girls financial standing, independence and income through village savings and loans associations (VSLA), vocational training programs and girls' scholarships.
  • Challenge gender roles through information sessions that raise awareness at home and in the community on the importance of girls' education.

How YOU can help!

Supporting girls' education is one of the single best investments we can make to help end poverty. It will save lives. It will transform futures. It will unleash the incredible potential of girls and their communities..

Send a Girl to school