Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment for girls and women. Offering girls basic education is one sure way of giving them much greater power — of enabling them to make genuine choices over the kinds of lives they wish to lead. This is not a luxury as even the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women establish it as a basic human right.

FAWE Kenya was invited to be part of Dau la Elimu, a program at KTN NEWS to discuss the topic of Girls Access to Education. Our team from FAWE Kenya comprising of Dorise Akoth, Halima Dube and Marie Mj Okinda, they were able to discuss some challenges such as early child marriages, poverty and culture that hinder girls access to education. They also highlighted some of the interventions we have put in place to enhance girls retention and performance such as the ASRHR as well as STEAM programs.

An educated woman has the skills, information and self-confidence that she needs to be a better parent, worker and citizen. She is, for example, likely to marry at a later age and have fewer children. Cross-country studies show that an extra year of schooling for girls reduces fertility rates by 5 to 10 per cent. And the children of an educated mother are more likely to survive. She will also be more productive at work — and better paid. Indeed, the dividend for educational investment is often higher for women than men.

The fact that women might have the chance of a healthier and happier life should be reason enough for promoting girls’ education.

We share a link to the Dau la Elimu TV show where we were able to share we and the team do in the aim enhancing Girl’s education at County and National levels.