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Adolescent girls empowered through Girl Education Clubs. The story of Tayal Sabina, 17 years old, P7, Kakamar Primary School, Kaabong district.

I am the first born of 6 children. 3 girls and 3 boys. My father died leaving my mother to fend for us alone. I support my mother to earn some money through brewing and selling alcohol. We also sell charcoal and firewood. In out 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. I am so blessed that my mother supports my education through provision of books, pens and a uniform.
Previously I was a very quiet shy girl and would sit at the back during class time. I would never put my hand up or participate in any school activities. In 2017, when the GEC club was formed I was in P5 and I got interested in joining the club. I am now the Chairperson of the GEC and this year we have returned 10 children back to school. I can now speak up and more focused on my studies. I speak out for other children who want to be in school like me.
My fear is being forced into marriage but I stand firm on my dream to become a graduate nurse.
Head teacher, Kakamar Primary School, Ms. Hardline Adongo Dorothy:
I am so proud of Sabina, a very active GEC member and empowered. She has actively participated in the GBS campaign and sensitized the community on benefits of education. Sabina and GEC members are inspiring change in the community. This club has helped to increases retention and discipline. I encourage other school administration 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.
Community member, Amai Walter, Kakamar P/S. I usually meet 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 this, more children will go to school and parents appreciate the value of education.

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