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COMMUNITY JOINT EFFORT FINALLY PAYS OFF NSANAMA SCHOOL.

THROUGH ; Girls empowerment through education and health ( ASPIRE )

This Project is sponsored by: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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Little did Nsanama Mother Group members, PTA members, Group Village Headman Nsanama, the male champion for the School and the head teacher know that their co-action would yield positive returns – when Nsanama School advanced a step after another in yielding the readmission of Christina Wesoli, Hadija Richard and eleven other girls. According to Mr. Solomon Natabu, the head teacher for Nsanama School.

There is myriad factors that have seen many girls dropping out of school as early as grade 4 around the area. However, Mr. Natabu states that early marriage has been the leading cause of early school dropout among adolescent girls in the area. There is laxity among parents and guardians, a thing that encourages reckless behaviors among the youth and this has resulted in many girls becoming impregnated. Many of such pregnancies have led to destitution of entire families and many parents consequently fail to see the reason why their pregnant wards should continue living under their custody. They thus push their wards into early marriages as a way of escaping this destitution.

When ASPIRE Activity started training structures from around the school community, Mr. Natabu grabbed this opportunity to escalate his grip on awareness raising to let every child realize their full potential. Mother group members, PTA members and group village men were some of the structures that got trained. Later, communities were sensitized to identify one man from around the area whose efforts have yielded his wards better returns in education. Mr. Joseph Mulova was this lucky man. He got trained as well as a role model to his fellow men and boys in championing for the advancement of girls’ education.

However, to ensure maximum returns, Mr. Natabu brought all these people together and together they made plans to reach out to every community with awareness meetings to encourage parents to support their daughters’ education. Soon, these people started visiting families whose daughters had dropped out of school to encourage them to send their wards back to school. As highlighted by Mr. Mulova, it was not easy; many parents were resistant at first for they believed that it was the responsibility of their lactating daughters to look after themselves and they could, therefore, never allow them to leave their children behind and go to school. Mother group members came back with so many complaints to the head teacher regarding the degrading welcome they received from parents. Yet, Mr. Natabu encouraged and motivated them never to relent.

Little by little, some parents started releasing their daughters to school and as we narrate this story, Nsanama School has on record 13 teen mothers who have been readmitted successfully and many of them are performing quite handsomely in their lessons.

Due to the trainings in ASPIRE, Group Village headman Nsanama started organizing village sensitization meetings and he always sought the support of teachers in carrying out the meetings. He set bylaws that gave Mother Group members and the male champion the momentum to visit every parent without fear. To further strengthen this positive turn of events, Mr. Natabu organizes career talk and role model sessions where Ms Faki takes lead to encourage girls to aim high in their education. Ms Faki is a teacher at Nsanama as well as a citizen of Nsanama area. Mr. He is now planning to organize a big event where he will invite police women from Nsanama Roadblock, female extension workers from Nsanama Agriculture office, as well as female nurses from Nsanama Health Centre to do a full role model session in March 2017. Natabu further visits the trained structures to ensure that they are doing what they planned to do in ASPIRE and he avers that no one has relented in their efforts.

On the other hand, Mr. Mulova, the male champion, has gone a step further to seek the hand of Child Protection Committee in ensuring that no girl is forced into early marriage or discouraged from going further with their studies. Mr. Mulova and Mr. Natabu believe that more is yet to come, thanks to the joint effort among community structures trained in ASPIRE.

Story by Nepithaly Benister

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