I am posting this post from Kakuma Refugee Camp/kenya. Kakuma refugee camp was established in 1991and is located 95km from Lokichoggio, a town at the Kenya-Sudan border. Kakuma, meaning “nowhere” in Swahili, is being controlled through the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA) since the adoption of the Kenya Refugee Act of 2006.The refugee camp is connected with only a highway on the Kenyan northern corridor. The camp serves refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries due to war or persecution among whom women have suffered discrimination against their access to education. As we move forward into exploration of what this contribution tends to illustrate, let us keep in mind that women are of great values in our daily basis. They are also able to make good impact in our communities as men do. Therefore, educating women can be as good as it helps to improve family and social development. The reality is that we live in a very diverse world whereby people differ in many ways such as cultural beliefs, and religious beliefs. It is in the same diverse world that a big number of women suffer from different kinds of unfairness. Some religions and cultural beliefs does not allow women to be educated.
My intention to write about women’ right to education; is an overview of how women are excluded from education and this is happening not only in the refugee context; but also in many communities of Africa and as well as worldwide. “Nakang Jang is one of the old women that you see in the picture, she is originally from South Sudan. She fled in 2003 with her family. Nakang argues that: “I wish I could have gone to school. In my culture it is believed that a girl is to be married at her young age, so I could not make it to school since my parent had an agreement with another family that wanted me to be married by their son.” Nakang went on explaining that early marriage was part of the obstacles that made her to not make it to school. She also argued that: “Education came in our country very late of which due to the ongoing conflicts; it is not easy to benefit from it and we had to flee our mother land.” From the meeting with the block leader and those old women; I realized that tradition or cultural belief has been one of the primary obstacles to women’ access to education. Finally, let us think together on how might we change community’s perceptions towards women participation in education?