Tayal Sabina is 17 years old is a Primary Seven pupil and a member of the Girls Education Club (GEC) at Kakamar Primary School, Kaabong district. She is the firstborn of 6 children. 3 girls and 3 boys. Her father died leaving her mother alone to fend for them. In her village, parents don’t want girls to go to school because they believe girls in school are prostitutes and will fetch few cows in form of dowry. She is lucky that my mother supports her education.
In 2017, when the Girls Education Club was formed in her school she was in P5 and got interested in joining the club and before joining the Club, she was a very quiet and shy girl and would always sit at the back during class time. “I would never put my hand up or participate in any school activities”. “I am now the Chairperson of the GEC and this year we have returned 10 children back to school”. She can now speak up and more focused on her studies. “I can now speak out for other children who want to be in school like me”.
Her greatest fear is being forced into marriage but she says she will stand firm on her dream to become a graduate nurse.
The headteacher, Kakamar Primary School, Ms. Hardline Adongo Dorothy says she is so proud of Sabina, a very active GEC member and empowered. She has actively participated in the Go Back to School campaigns and sensitized the community on the benefits of education. Sabina and GEC members are inspiring change in the community.
“The Girls Education Club has helped to increases school retention and discipline and I encourage other school administrations to support and create time for such clubs because children are able to encourage other children to speak out, learn skills and also build their talents”, Ms. Hardline Adongo Dorothy, headteacher, Kakamar Primary School,
A Community member, Amai Walter, Kakamar P/S says he usually meets children in Kakamar village speaking to parents to take their children to school. The girls talk to other girls to stay in school. “I think if they continue with this, more children will go to school and parents will appreciate the value of education”.