Kwale-based CBO to raise KES 3M for girl child education
04 November 2014, 10:37
Kwale - A Kwale-based Community Based Organisation (CBO) is planning a charity walk aimed at raising KES 3 million to support girl child education.
The initiative, which is an annual event by Kwale Welfare and Education Association, is expected to take place in the month of December.
Speaking after a stakeholders meeting in Kwale Town, the organisation chairperson Ramadhan Bungale said the initiative will include all stakeholders in the education sector.
He noted that in this year’s event, they are planning to support the education of 50 students who are both in Primary and Secondary schools.
“Last year, we managed to raise KES 380 000 which we used to support 28 girls drawn from four sub-Counties. We want to make this year’s event much bigger and better,” he said.
The chairperson said that their theme for this year will be “A girl is not capital, take them to school”.
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He observed that they arrived at the theme after it was discovered that a lot of parents use their children as an investment to enrich themselves.
“It is so unfortunate that in spite of the effort to sensitise parents on girl child education, the priority is still given to male students in Kwale County,” he said.
He narrated that statistics have shown that the number of female students who go to school is very low compared to male students.
Bungale added that even the challenges that female students go through cannot be compared to their male counterparts with whom they are expected to compete in school.
“As intellectuals from this County who have gone through similar challenges, we are going to try our level best to ensure the rights of the girl child are fully acknowledged,” he said.
He was however quick to note that their support for female students does not mean they have sidelined male student, saying the girl child program is part of the many programmes the organisation undertakes.
“It is not true that the boy child has been forgotten because our interventions target both children without any segregation,” he said.
Through the walk, the organisation plans to sensitise communities on the need to uplift education standards and also rescue girls who have dropped out of school due to poverty, forced marriages and negligence.
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