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"Good Education for my Daughter Matters"

Jocelyne after retailing only to pairs of shoes per day, she now owns a shoe shop that enables her to put her daughter in a private school.

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Jocelyne Niyitegeka is a refugee from Rwanda and a mother of two is struggling hard to pay school fees for her elder daughter in a good private school. Jocelyne stopped her studies on grade six and because life was very hard for her she did not manage to return to school. “I liked to study very much and I was very intelligent, but with life we don’t know what to expect, that is why I do even the impossible to offer my daughter the kind of education I never had” she said to me. Jocelyne started by selling only two pair of shoes in Nairobi streets and she used the little money that she got from there to start a small shop of shoes. Her dream is to be able to expand her shop and be a well known business woman.


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i strongly agree that education in women is very poor and its something understandable in the refugee situation where many young girls left school because of doing household work in their respective home or otherwise could be done earlier marriages which they will end up loose their future if they don't have empowerment from their education journey.

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Hassan and Vestine,
These are very interesting insights and conversation.
When did Jocelyne stop going to school? Is she interested in going back?
Why does Jocelyne prefer to send her daughter to private school as opposed to public school?
Hassan, do you know when girls in kakuma drop out of school usually?

Are there women in your community who you admire? If so why?

Photo of Vestine Umubyeyi

Thank you Hassan and Luisa for your comments. Luisa, Jocelyne stopped going to school in 1999 and according to her she can not manage school, home duties and business, she desire to go back to school and that would mean to stop her business. She prefer to send her daughter to private school because there students receive good formation with professional teachers and few students per class what is different from public schools.

Photo of Hassan Bashir Ahmed

Mostly girls drop out schools between the ages of 17 up to 22 years while they have peer pressure groups in the community who influence them like for those they have got the same age and also and domestic work is high because may be either one of the parents is not ready access to education by helping them house hold jobs.