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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

EMPOWERING WOMEN

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LAIKIPIA COUNTY

Pupils from Sieku Primary School in Laikipia North Sub-County had little to celebrate as the world marked the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child.

Accessing one of the basic rights-education remains a dream to many of the girls with some having to make a sacrifice of walking for eight kilometres daily through wildlife inhabited Mukogodo Forest to reach the only primary school in an entire location.

Josephine Ndirias the founder of Mukogodo Girls Empowerment Program says unlike other parts of Laikipia County, access to education in Sieku location is a daunting task to many pupils especially girls, including the feeling of insecurity by the community due to frequent invasion of armed migrating herders to evergreen Mukogodo Forest .

“There have been cases of girls being sexually molested by criminals on their way from school while at times, they arrive late in school as they try to avoid elephants that roam in the expansive forest,” said Ndirias.

She said to minimize the dangers, some of the girls have sought accommodation in homesteads neighbouring the school while some parents now prefer marrying of their daughters to educating them.

The parents and leaders have called for immediate uplifting of the school to include boarding facilities so that all girls can be in school and this will be the only way the plight of the Girl child will be uplifted in the region.

One of the neighbours to the school Eunice Moire has volunteered to host the girls who now live and school with her daughters and only go to their homes during school holidays.

“Some homes have accommodated up to six girls so that they can easily access the school at ease or however risk being married off at a tender age,” said Moire

Sieku Primary School head teacher James Leparmorijo says girls have been dropping out either due to pregnancy, discouragement by the long daily distance to school or other challenges that face pastoralist communities including early forced marriages.

The community through a local group ranch have in the past mobilized resources but only managed to put up an ECD Centre at Nitrim, located nine kilometres from Sieku Primary and many of the pupils are unable to further their education past this level.

James Kiripan a community leader said that those who cannot make it to the primary school go for over three years at the Nursery school before they are engaged by their parents as herders in prepoaration for marriage.

During the Day of the Girl Child celebrations held a few metres from the school, the girls highlighted the challenges they face daily as they pursue a dream of becoming professionals later in life.

Through folk dance, music and skits, they passed a message to their parents and the society at large that they require support and should not be subjected to sexual abuse and early forced marriages.

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It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

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