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International Girl Child Day, African Girl and Education

Girl Day is celebrated every year on October 11 as an opportunity to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by girls around the world, especially in Africa, and the importance of providing them with quality education. In this article, we explore the Day's importance in the context of education in Africa, the challenges faced by girls, and initiatives aimed at improving their access to education. Education is a human right and the basis of personal and social development. However, African girls often face many barriers that prevent them from accessing education. These issues may be cultural, economic or political, but they all contribute to gender inequality in education. Girls' Day provides an opportunity to address these issues and work for gender equality in education.One of the most important problems faced by girls in Africa is early marriage and pregnancy. Cultural norms in many African societies dictate that girls should marry at a young age, often forcing them to drop out of school. Additionally, the lack of comprehensive sex education can lead to unintended pregnancies, further hindering their educational progress. Initiatives that raise awareness about the importance of delaying marriage and pregnancy until after completing their education are crucial.Another major obstacle is poverty. Many families in Africa struggle to meet basic needs, and education can be costly due to expenses like uniforms, books, and transportation. Girls are often the first to be withdrawn from school when a family faces financial constraints. To address this issue, scholarships, school donation programs, and affordable school supplies can help reduce the financial burden on families and support girls' education.Additionally, especially in rural areas, the distance to school will prevent girls from going to school. Unsafe travel and long distances can put them at risk. Building more schools and providing transportation closer to communities could help solve this problem. In many African countries, boys are expected to be encouraged in education and girls are expected to work within the family. It is important to change these attitudes and promote the value of girls' education. Social awareness programs and inclusive education programs that challenge stereotypes can play a key role.Child labor is another problem affecting girls. Many girls have to work to support their families, leaving little time for education. Government policies and international organizations can work to eliminate child labor and ensure girls have the opportunity to go to school.Unfortunately, conflicts and conflict in many parts of Africa have disrupted education and made it difficult for girls to access education. Efforts to build peace and improve education in post-conflict regions are critical to providing girls with a stable and safe learning environment.One of the best ways to improve educational opportunities for girls in Africa is to support and train female teachers. Many female teachers can act as role models and make it easier for girls to stay in school by creating an inclusive environment.Investing in girls' education in Africa has many long-term benefits. It can break the cycle of poverty, improve women's health, and promote gender equality. Girls who receive an education are more likely to make informed decisions about their health, family, and career. They are also more likely to become financially independent and contribute to their communities and economies. Several organizations, both local and international, are actively working to improve the education of girls in Africa. Plan International, UNICEF, and the Malala Fund are just a few examples. They provide resources, advocacy, and support to ensure that girls have equal access to quality education.In conclusion, Girl Child Day serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by girls in Africa when it comes to education. The challenges they face are many and include cultural barriers, financial constraints, and gender stereotypes. But through a combination of advocacy, policy change, and organizational efforts, progress can be made to ensure that girls receive a quality education just like boys. Investing in girls' education is not only a human rights issue but also a key driver of economic growth in Africa. This is something worth celebrating and encouraging on Girls' Day and every day.

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Living a life of hand to mouth has widened the minds of Kenyan youth (25 – 32 ) of age to seek green pastures in western countries.

According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), 2023 report; at least 30 percentage of Kenyans have made their debut abroad and many; positioning themselves in technical fields like information technology, building and construction and engineering.

Countries: Qatar, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand are reported to be hosting many Kenyans in labour market.

In 2021, Kenya’s International Migration organization reported that in 2020, Kenya’s youth exodus daring abroad between 2016 – 2020 were over 535,000 migrants where 253,000 were male and 282,00 being female.

What’s making Kenya’s youth exodus to developed states a dream ? Before COVID-19 pandemic, the dream daring abroad to many looked like a nightmare.

Their debut was slow and processing of traveling requirements; passports and visas was never a hurdle. However, the experiences of the pandemic that made Kenya’s economy tough and rough, opened the eyes of Kenyans by creating a desire to take risk abroad.

According to World Bank, in 2021, Kenya’s economy staged a strong recovery with the economy growing at 7.5 percentage even though some sectors such as tourism that were also major source of Kenya’s economy remained under pressure.

The GDP growth however declined to 4.8 percentage in 2022 as the state strive to stabilize it’s economy, World Bank projected that by 2023, it would have grown by 5.0 percentage.

In Post- COVID-19 era, the memories that were still fresh in the minds of college and varsity Kenyan- youth graduates instigated a motive to apply for passports, visas and jobs in developed states.

This as one media outlet in East Africa reports, in 2022 after Kenya’s general elections, the number of jobless Kenyans rose to 2.97 Millions as inflation soared from 2.89 Millions.

Why Daring Abroad Is Becoming A Dream Come True To A Kenyan Youth

Kenya’s governmental regimes have toughened the lives of graduates seeking employment in government ministries and county departments through political instability, tribal inclinations and corruption.

Them being fresh from the field of academia, are not only pressured by the societal expectations – financial support after school but also personal needs over social-economic developments.

Hence the labour market in western countries is appealing, working environment, hours and pay; is now a soul-southing meal to jobless graduates to make daring abroad a dream come true/through.

In Australia, the field of Agriculture is becoming a home for Kenyans from Uasin Gishu County where men are positioning themselves in driving department/segments despite some being corned like the recent education scandal done by the previous county government regime.

Saudi Arabia and Dubai have hosted and still hosting female Kenyans in house chore fields where many are earning handsomely in house managing duties.

In Canada, all fields are promoting labour market for instance: teaching where Kenya’s educated elites majoring in languages are delivering their services.

However, in countries like USA and Germany; Kenyans are making debut via green cards to pursue education and others, establish settlements.


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