school drop out of girls and early marriage
In most developing countries, girls do not receive the same educational opportunities as boys. Even when given the opportunity to be educated, the girls typically face formidable barriers to the completion of their studies. For example, while virtually all girls in Kenya are initially enrolled in primary school, approximately 65% of them drop out before completing Standard 8 (source: Forum for African Women Educationalists). Many of the barriers that girls face in striving to stay in school are either directly or indirectly related to reproductive health, sexual behavior, and maturation. Some of the causes of school dropout in Kenya include early marriage, pregnancy, lack of gender appropriate facilities in schools (such as latrines), low self-esteem, lack of money, harassment by male teachers and fellow students, and the low value placed on the education of girls by their parents and society in general.Of course there are some girls who have the potential and do make it, but as well the rest of whom we regard as short sighted can also make it if at all they abandon some of their properties which lead to failure, like, solitary work, procrastination, being diurnal and sleeping at night and many others. For those who perform well but mostly drop out schooling due to pregnancy and early marriage have many causes among them is parental perspective influence. Many parents have erroeous prospect of their daughters in engaging fornication hence reason for their involvement in early marriage. “there are so many ways to kill a rat” and ofcourse so many ways to eliminate that. For example holding seminar for parents, creating public awareness by broadcasting through media services on the effects of school drop out, counseling them over those alarming issues and also advising the girls themselves. In an interview with mrs fadma, who live in ifo camp says, there are number of ways we cam eliminate highly performing girls from drop out of school and early marriage. ” they must be given much consideration when it comes to learning by either giving them extra classes or providing them with learning materials and also making them uderstand the importance of education.” However, early marriage is a result of peer group misleading the girls into bad perception like higher education is a waste of time that must not be listen. Lastly parents ought to keep a special eye on the future of their daughters and avoid bargaing on them.
Rukia Abdikadir Mohamed
Ifo Refugee Camp.
The Voice of Dadaab Refugees