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WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY: EMPOWERING TEACHERS, BUILDING SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY: EMPOWERING TEACHERS, BUILDING SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES
Today, 5th October, World Teachers’ Day, as the global community comes together to support the new 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAWE and its network, would like to highlight the crucial role teachers play in achieving…

Voices

A world of possibilities A world of possibilities
By Dr. Harriet Sakala, FAWEZA Alumni

Athwana High School, Kenya

Established 2004

  • 60 female students  
  • 100 male students
  • 11 teachers

2009

  • 187 female students  
  • 190 male students
  • 19 teachers

COE components

  • Bursaries for underprivileged students
  • Science, Mathematics&Technology programme
  • Tuseme youth empowerment programme
  • Counselling

Challenges

  • Poverty
  • Rural community
  • Negative cultural practices

Outcomes since creation

  • 30% improvement in performance in national exams
  • 45% improvement in performance in end-of-year school exams
  • 48% improvement in academic performance throughout the year
  • 308.3% improvement in enrolment rates for girls
  • 92% improvement in retention rates for girls
  • 98% improvement in completion rates for girls
  • 98% improvement in transition rates to next level of education for girls
  • 98.02% reduction in schoolgirl pregnancy rates
  • 100% reduction in sexual harassment
  • 65% of girls in school committees and other leadership roles

Girls are empowered to:

  • Participate confidently in class
  • Solve problems autonomously

Boys are empowered to:

  • Have positive attitude towards girls

Girls and boys are empowered to:

  • Have improved interaction and discussion

"I was born in a community where a girl was not recognised as an existing creature. None of the girls my age who had attended primary school had ever succeeded.  We were all in dark room where we could not decide for ourselves. Early marriage and FGM were the order of the day. I had a dream to become someone great but by what means? All the girls in my village were married. I was living with my grandmother and I tried to plead with her to send me to school but she told me I would get my share only when I accepted to undergo what the other girls were undergoing. I was called names but somehow I saw myself through primary school. In my community, no one ever thought of secondary school. They took it to be for the select few. So did I because my grandmother was disabled and it was difficult to buy clothes, let alone pay school fees.  When I heard about FAWE, I was thrilled. I got support from FAWE and now I have a goal in my life. My dreams had faded but I now have them back again."

Moreen Kananu
18 years
Athwana High School
Kenya

"FAWE has helped not only girls in our school but boys too. Boys have benefited in many ways. Our sisters are being sponsored and this has reduced the fee burden on our parents so they are able to cater for the other children. They have also realised the importance of education for both boys and girls. FAWE built a girls’ dormitory and a boys’ sanitary block so the school administration was able to put up a boys’ dormitory to cater for the rapidly growing population of students. Both boys and girls have learnt about their rights as children, countering the humiliation they underwent before."

Bernard Ngera
Athwana High School
Kenya

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