Pastoralist Child Foundation’s educational workshops focus heavily on the importance of education beyond the primary school level. We provide educational workshops for girls during school holidays.
When you teach a girl, you educate a community. A single educated boy might leave his community, whereas an educated girl is more likely to stay and become a mother who encourages her children, especially daughters, to go to school. 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/C (female genital mutilation/cutting) too many girls are left behind, marginalised 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 school holidays, locally known as “cutting season” when girls are at a very high risk of undergoing FGM. Therefore, we invite groups of up to 70 girls to participate in 4-day camps facilitated by excellent doctors, nurses, social workers, mentors and volunteers.
We have also now started to hold worshops for boys. We had our very first all boys workshop in December 2016, and will continue to have them for boys because they have an important role in educating people about FGM and in eradicating it.
These subjects are taught at our Educational Camps and Workshops:
* Child Marriage
* Sexual & Reproductive Health
* Teen Pregnancy
* HIV/AIDS & STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
* The Importance of Formal Education
* Child Rights
* Health & Sanitation
* Preserving positive aspects of Samburu and Maasai culture