NGO builds dorms to keep girls in school
Children remain in school when parents migrate in search of pasture and water
An NGO in Garissa county has built dormitories in Hara and Kotile primary schools, Ijara subcounty, to increase girls’ enrolment.
Hassan Ali, Womankind Kenya programme coordinator, child protection desk, said girls are now performing better academically because they have ample time to attend preps and interact with teachers.
He said the community has embraced the programme because they feel the girls are safer in boarding schools.
“The community attitude towards education for girls has changed. They are even asking the dormitories be enlarged so that more girls can be enrolled,” Ali said.
He spoke at Kotile on Monday, after touring the two primary schools. Ali said the dormitories’ 60-girl capacity is overstretched and they are thinking of enlarging them.
“The security of the girls who used to walk long distances, some up to 30km, has improved and the parents are contented. This is a success story they want replicated in remote schools,” Ali said.
Kotile Primary head teacher Abdikuno Mursal said, “Before the boarding facilities [were built], girls used to miss classes up to five days a month, but now absenteeism is a thing of the past. We are able to monitor their performance and give them extra coaching where necessary.”
The girls remain in school and concentrate on their education when their parents migrate in search of pasture and water for their animals during dry spells, he said.