Education is a human right and a fulfilling experience that helps girls reach their potential.
Most girls in the world do not have this opportunity. In my country Uganda, this is due to cultural belief, religious practices, ignorance and, the worst of all, poverty.
Girls without education opportunity face a lot of problems like:
- Early pregnancies;
- Early marriages; and
- High illiteracy rates.
You can imagine your own daughter, sister being married off just because she has no education and no choice to make.
We, as girls under the Rhythm of Life project, wish to have a Nation with Educated mothers and, therefore, we call upon all the decision-makers to improve our education system and see to it that every girl gets the same opportunity worldwide.
By Barbara Nazziwa
My name is Barbara. I am 18 years of age. I was born in a family of five, and I am the fourth-born.
I am proud to be the daughter of Mrs. Anita. My childhood education was not an easy journey, though by God’s grace, I have reached this far. I have finished High School and getting ready for University.
I reside in Entebbe with my sweet aunt and her family. They have been so good to me that, sometimes, I forget my worries. I just cannot imagine how my life would be without them. They are always there for me. I am a very secretive person so there is a lot they do not know about.
I have been through hell. What most people do not know about me is that I act as if I do not get hurt. But, sometimes it hurts me, all the hardships that have come my way. I am strong enough to handle them because I am a warrior.
I like writing poems, talking, singing and dancing.
The Bible scripture Jeremiah 29:11 keeps me going. Life is an experience. We just have to take whatever it brings to us. But, if it brings something that makes you feel like life is impossible then speak, just speak up and someone will you hear you. What I have a gone through, someone else has been through and felt the same pain when it happened, like violence, abuse of children‘s rights, mistreatment.
Together we can end this. I believe that our voices count.
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY
By Aisha Mukulu
I am Aisha by name, born in a family of four children and one of them is boy. We grew up with a single mother who has a roadside business of roasting “gonja” and maize and she has to wake up very early in the morning and purchase them from the market. Since it’s hard for her to earn enough from this business, it’s difficult for me and my sisters and brother to sustain ourselves and cater for our basic needs, for example, clothing, accommodation, food, as well as school fees.
I studied and completed my first and second years of education. I did my first year in High Study Course (H.S.C) but, unfortunately, sat home for a year due to circumstances. I, therefore, had to work with my mother and get involved in the business for us to earn a better living. Many people started doubting me and had things to say about me; that I am a girl and my mother should not continue to let me go to school. I told my mother not to mind what people had to say.
I live in a very unsafe place for young girls because it’s full of sex workers (“Bamalaya”) who influence girls to join them and this, in turn, affects their future.
I got involved with the Rhythm of Life project which has made a great impact on my life. They are contributing towards my school fees and have taught me how to stay healthy and become a good girl leader in the community at large. I am grateful to God that I have completed my last year of High Study Course and I’m looking forward to joining university.
My advice to all young girls is to know that life is a journey and there are challenges along the way. But determination, patience and hard work is key to achieving what you need. Not forgetting that education is also the key to success, followed by respect for parents and elders.
My name is Kasacha Sharon and I am sixteen years old. I have both parents and there are seven children in my family. Life has not been so easy on our side but thank God that we still survive.
In 2012, my dad lost his job and we had nothing. My education first had to standstill since there was no money to pay my school fees. Sometimes we used to go without food and yet we had the little ones to take care of.
My dad wanted to take us back to the village but I stood up as a girl and encouraged him. I told him how I was going to lose my education hence lose my future. Sure enough my dad had understanding and he decided to work hard. I also created a small business to see that our family could survive.
Since no situation is permanent, my parents managed to get money and took me and my siblings back to school. We got our own house and I really thank The Almighty God for that because I made a prayer for it.
I, therefore, want to encourage other girls out there who are passing through the same situation not to lose hope since THERE IS NO SITUATION THAT IS PERMANENT. Try and stand up as a girl.