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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Post 2015 Processes – Opportunity for Kenyan Women?

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By Felogene Anumo

The High Level Panel recently presented to the UN Secretary General a report with recommendations of what they envisage for the Post 2015 framework.

The next stage of handing over the process to the UN Open Working Group and Member States leading up to the September Special Session on the MDGs requires vigilance and active engagement. Civil society organizations need to galvanize people to sign on and own this framework to ensure that the text does not get watered down. Women especially stand a lot to gain including especially with the inclusion of a stand-alone gender goal as well as disaggregated indicators in other goals. Eliminating violence against women and ending child marriage are included as indicators and the panel has gone beyond previous commitments to recommend universal access to contraception and sexual and reproductive health rights.

Kenya is a Co-chair to the Intergovernmental UN Open Working…

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