International Day of the Girl was declared by United Nation General Assembly on 19th December 2011, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges the girl’s face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
And this year’s theme being ‘A Skilled Girl Force’ girls are prepared to get into the world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Technology being on its higher notch girls should dive in with no fear, open-minded to learn how to navigate through this male infested sector and grow in it.
Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently neither employed or in education or training. This calls for a speed check to ensure that girls are equipped in all sectors to avoid a high rate of unemployment.
With the already existing learning opportunities, we need to re-think new avenues and pathways on how we can improve on girl child education and prepare them for a successful transition and transformation into the world of work. This day brings in together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.
This year for International Day of The Girl we visited AIC Girl’s Kajiado County to understand their needs and to let them talk on the challenges and achievements for the year. They were proud that they were better off than the other year and commemorating the day will highlight their issues.
During a focus group discussion chaired by Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE) at AIC Kajiado, girls spoke candidly about their expectation and the challenges they face which they would like to be addressed.
We are happy to be in school and super grateful that we’re impacted with knowledge and skills like the boys but we also need to face some realities of how life is for us. We would like to ask the government to at least ensure that during the free lessons we are taught life skills, Art and Craft, home science and encourage clubs for interaction. We believe that we’re intelligent thus, teachers, parents and the government should support practical intelligence.
We would love to have lessons outside classrooms to understand our carrier paths and also understand our interest so that we can view the world from a different perspective. Having different motivational speakers will make girls feel motivated and appreciated.
Parents and teachers should not build high expectation for their girls that intern makes them live into their expectations rather they should learn to understand their capabilities since each child is born different with different abilities and what they should do is support them to the very end.
Work without play makes Jack or Jane a dull boy. Therefore, parents and teachers should let the girl practice on their talent and they should show up during sports competition to build up their morale as being physically fit enhances development and growth even mentally.
Parents, caregivers, and teachers should create time to talk and watch how their girls are doing since they undergo body changes and they need to be educated and groomed on how they should embrace the new changes and how they should carry themselves. A lesson on reproductive health will not harm instead they will have the know-how of that adolescent stage should not be an excuse for misbehaving and not doing things right.
The AIC Girl’s called for the other girl’s to come forward and speak freely on issues that are affecting them especially on issues such as putting an end to FGM, Early Child Marriages, and Child Labor, Child Abuse and Child Rights
These are some of the sentiments I gather that they would like to be looked into. However, we don’t run from problems but we resolve them through showing confidence and being self-aware of implications that fall through by coming up with amicable solutions to resolve them.