Not so long ago, Gladys, who herself dropped out of school to have her first child at the age of 16, did not see the value in educating her daughters. In fact, within the community of Ol Posimuru, Kenya, convincing parents like Gladys to commit resources to educate girls was a huge challenge, recalls local Chief David Sang’are.
“Getting girls to attend school was really hard”, explains Alu Andrew Amadi, the Principal of Ol Pusimoru Secondary School, “always, the number of girls enrolling in this school has been less than 25% of the student body. When I arrived to be principal of this school, there were 19 girls enrolled and 70 boys”.
Where were all the teenage girls?
Married. And farming their husband’s land to provide food for their young children."
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