Education Under Attack: #147NotJustaNumber #BringBackOurGirls

Read my thoughts on why the impact of the latest terror attacks on schools will have far reaching negative consequences on the education sector. #147NotJustaNumber #BringBackOurGirls

Sadly, linked to the crippling fear of attacks, 1 student succumbed to injuries while more than 120 students were injured during a stampede at a hostel in the University of Nairobi’s Kikuyu campus in an attempt to flee from alleged terrorists. The scare was as a result of “gun-like” explosions from an electric fault which sparked panic among students in the wee hours of April 12, 2015, who feared they had been attacked by gunmen.

 

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By Felogene Anumo

“Getting a good education is my best bet out of poverty,” said a 16- year old in Narok county in Kenya. Yet, on that fateful morning of 2nd April 2005 at Garissa University in Kenya, the dreams of 147 lives and their families were shattered into pieces. As I followed the events unfolding that morning and subsequent media coverage, I was overcome by a deep sadness and anger by the loss of young lives. Lives of young people and families who were filled with hope and promise that education brings.

Education Under Attack

We live in a world characterized by uncertainty, complexity and rapid change. For many young people, and more often in developing countries, education is the base and its importance for self and society cannot be overstated. For me, the decision of attackers to target institutions of learning where tolerance, co-existence and unity is fostered is…

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Keep Girls in School: No Tax on Sanitary Towels

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By  Felogene Anumo

As the prices of items start to go up this week with the VAT Act 2013 taking effect, we would like to commend the move by Parliament and the National Treasury to maintain sanitary towels on the VAT tax-exemption list. Notably, sanitary towels are not luxury items and as such, any tax levied on the products not only claws back on the gains that the country has made in promoting girl child education, but also risks negating the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 2 and 3: (Achieving universal primary education and promoting gender equality and empowering women) and the realization of Kenya Vision 2030.

Education provides life-changing opportunities for many girls and women. Menstruation is the most contributing factor to school absenteeism and poor academic performance among schoolgirls.  Recently, a local Kenyan TV station registered shock waves across the country when they aired a feature: “Period…

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