Pastoralist Child Foundation’s workshop curriculum focuses heavily on the importance of education beyond the primary school level. We provide educational workshops for girls during school holidays.
Improving a Community 100 Girls at a Time
When you teach girls, you educate a community. Educated boys might leave their communities, whereas educated girls are more likely to stay and become mothers who encourage their children, especially daughters, to go to school. We often hear, “One girl at a time.” Well, it’s almost 2020 and we must accelerate the pace to “100 girls at a time.” Quality girls’ education empowers by giving them choices, alleviates poverty and yields great returns in socio-economics, health, population and politics. Girls’ education is a driving force against poverty leading to increased income for girls themselves, but also for nations as a whole. Better educated girls become women who have smaller, healthier families with lower infant mortality rates, and maternal mortality.
Primary education significantly helps reduce infant mortality, and secondary education helps even more because women know how to use health services, improving nutrition and sanitation, and taking advantage of their own increased earning capability. In addition, girls who get a quality education marry later when they’re better able to bear and care for their children. Educated girls are more likely to stand up for themselves and resist violence, and as women more likely to participate in political discussions, meetings and decision making.
Pastoralist Child Foundation’s educational workshops focus heavily on the importance of education beyond the primary school level. More than half the world’s 58 million out-of-school children are girls. A large number of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. Due to forced early marriage and the harmful practice of FGM (female genital mutilation) too many girls are left behind, marginalized and unaware of their basic human right to live a happy and healthy life. Only 23% of poor, rural girls complete their primary education in sub-Saharan Africa. It is for this reason that we find it critical to provide educational workshops for girls during school holidays. It’s during this time, locally known as “cutting season” when girls are at a very high risk of undergoing FGM. Therefore, we invite groups of 60 girls to participate in 4-day camps facilitated by doctors, nurses, FGM experts, teachers, social workers, mentors and volunteers.
We also hold workshops for boys and men. It is critical to educate them because many of them believe that FGM should exist. We are successfully changing this mindset.
* Child Marriage * Gender Equality
* Sexual & Reproductive Health
* Leadership Skills
* Teen Pregnancy
* HIV/AIDS & STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
* The Importance of Formal Education
* Community Service
* Peer Pressure
* Child Rights
* Health & Sanitation
* Preserving positive aspects of Samburu and Maasai cultures