WHAT DOES GOING TO SCHOOL MEAN FOR OUR GIRLS?
In Uganda a girl’s education is not considered a priority. Girls come up against barriers such as traditional gender roles and poverty in wanting to receive an education. Girls as young as 6 years old can miss out on going to school because they are needed for full time work. 52% of girls have to drop out of school as they are unable to sustain the financial burden of education. Girls are often forced to marry young and pregnancy rates are high with 35% of girls dropping out of school because of early marriage and 23% dropping out due to pregnancy.*
Education makes a significant change not only to girls and women in their own right, but to their children, families and communities. When you empower a girl with education, a whole community benefits. When women earn an income and are empowered to make educated decisions within their families and communities, they create more peaceful societies and sustainable economies.
On International Day of the Girl Child we are celebrating some of the amazing girls who attend School for Life. Their dedication to receiving an education and creating change within their communities is inspiring and deserves to be recognised today and every day!
12 years old in Primary 4
I am energetic and sporty and I can’t wait to play netball at lunch time with my friends every day! Last year my family home burnt down in a fire which took all of our possessions. I now live with my mother, my grandmother, my uncle and his three children. I love to eat matooke (mashed bananas) and rice. At school my favourite subject is English, especially reading stories. I study hard at school because I want to go to University and study to become a doctor.
10 years old in Primary 5
I am happy at school and enjoy learning all subjects but I really love spending time reading - it teaches me so much about the world! At lunch time I enjoy any meals that include rice and after this I play netball with my friends. At the end of the school day I walk to my house where I live with my mother and 3 siblings. My father used to live with us but he passed away last year. This means that I have to help my mother more now, and my chores each day include fetching water and firewood, cooking and washing utensils. I hope that when I am older I can be a teacher and continue to help children get an education.
7 Years old in Primary 2
My teachers praise me for being confident in class and I love to show them my understanding by writing answers on the board when I can. My favourite lessons are reading and learning English. At the end of the day I return to my village where I live with my aunty who is a hairdresser and my father who is a teacher. My father helps me with my homework to ensure I am doing well at school. My job is to wash my uniform so that it stays clean and looks nice each day. I am so proud to wear my School for Life uniform! I also wash utensils after each meal. I work really hard in class so that I do well at school. I want to be a pilot when I grow up so I must continue to study and be the best that I can.
10 years old in Primary 2
I live at home with my mother and father who are farmers. My 5 siblings live with us too so home life is very busy! We all help our parents by doing chores before and after school. My job is to wash the utensils after each meal. I am happy when I'm at school and really like reading books. The library is my favourite place and I like to visit at lunch times with my friend Margaret.
11 years old in Primary 5
I am new to Katuuso school but am enjoying my new friends and my teachers. My teachers praise me for being a good listener and for being helpful to my peers. I love the way we sing lots in class and my English is already improving because of our lessons here. I enjoy reading and spend my lunch times either at the library with books or playing netball with my friends. I live with my aunt and grandmother who are both farmers and I help them by fetching water each day and mopping the house. When I grow up I would like to be a nurse as I like helping others and it is horrible being sick without help.
Be part of the change this International day of the Girl and sign up to sponsor a child NoW!
Your sponsorship provides quality education, healthcare, clean water, 3 nutritious meals per day and all educational materials required. Educating a girl can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. You can find out more and sign up HERE
* statistics UNICEF, 2008-2012