To end female genital mutilation, we must engage our youth through education.
Kuria West’s rampant illiteracy rates have been recognized as a major contributor to gender disparities within its population. (research cite) To stop this illiteracy trend, Msichana has established Migori County’s first youth community centre and library, the Maclyne Youth Community Centre and Library.
Every week the Maclyne holds after school programming for nearly 500 children and adolescents (ages 8-13) from five area schools. Our program’s curriculum provides three levels of supports:
- Success in the classroom – learning gaps, standard three level
- Confidence at home – human rights education
- Positive self-concept – confidence building
This initiative, in its second year, has witnessed improved school performance and an increase in school attendance and retention among its participants.