Supporting girls to stay in education can transform their lives, and the lives of their families.
Watch Anatalia’s story and see her explain that educating girls, works!
Who does it help?
Pre-teen, adolescent girls and young women in each of our twelve partner primary schools and their surrounding communities.
What does it involve?
This is one of our most wide-reaching project areas, we do a lot of different activities that all contribute towards keeping girls safe, happy and learning in school.
Girls have access to our Learning and Resource Centre (LRC)
Homework club and mentoring
Individual support, training, guidance and counselling
Social Worker support for victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV)
Confidence building extra-curricular activities
Football training sessions and anti-School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV) as part of our Football for Brighter Futures project
Fun Days to boost confidence, self-esteem and encourage sharing and friendship
Water tanks for clean water for drinking and hand-washing in schools
‘Girl-friendly’ toilets in schools
Training for parents, teachers, chiefs and community members to improve academic performance, safety and security of girls in and around school
Improving teaching and learning in partner schools as part of our Raising Achievement project
Work around abolishing corporal punishment in primary schools
Why did we decide to do this?
Even though primary school is technically free in Kenya, many families cannot afford, or choose not, to send girls to school. There are also additional costs such as uniforms, books and exam fees, which many families cannot afford.
Girls face many barriers which prevent them from staying in school and performing well, including forced early marriage, early pregnancy, HIV/Aids infection and School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV).
The activities in our Girls’ Education project aim to remove those barriers and work with girls, their parents, teachers and the wider community to make education accessible, safe and fun for all girls.
From 2008 to 2018, we ran a comprehensive student sponsorship programme where we provided funds to pay for students’ school fees and associated costs. From 2018 onwards, due to the incredible success of our livelihoods and income generating projects for mothers, we no longer need to sponsor girls to stay in school. You can read more about this in our final Aspire Scholarships Newsletter.
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