‘My daughter was about to take her grade 7 (13yrs old) qualifying examinations when we realized she was pregnant. I was frustrated by the event. Such occurrences are common in our community and they result into a low level of girls’ education.’ (A respondent in The Kamanga Survey Report conducted by The Cedar Foundation Tanzania and Bugando Research Centre May 2015)
“Girls’ education is both an intrinsic right and a critical lever to reaching other development objectives. Providing girls with an education helps break the cycle of poverty: educated women are less likely to marry early and against their will; less likely to die in childbirth; more likely to have healthy babies; and are more likely to send their children to school... it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come.” (http://www.unicef.org/education/bege_70640.html).
Kat and Abduli encourage all the kids but especially the girls, to participate fully in all the activities that are on offer in the Upendo Klabu ya Watoto (‘Love the Children Club’). The girls' participation is invaluable!