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2013 VOF Week 3: Education

Our grandmothers would go to school to learn to read and write. Only those whose parents had lots of money could attend college. But i think in my country we have been very fortunate in that regard. The greatest girl ileeteracy problem starts when the girl falls pregnant and she had to stay at home and look after the child while the boyfriend carries on with his schooling. Sometimes the girl's parents would chase her away with her child to go and fend for herself. In this case I believe a solution is presenting sex education in an early age. Knowledge is power.
Another situation hich presents barriers to girl education in my opinion is the case of street children. These girls run away from home for so many different reasons most of which is abuse. These girls mostly are in primary school age and chances of going back to school are slim. Some of them get raped, fall pregnant, are killed and are just left with no hope of a better life. I know this solution is far fetched but to deal with this matter I would actually suggest that our government initiates a programme where every month social workers visit house by house to ensure the wellbeing of the children especially. Our government is already offering places, welfare houses for these children but that system is failing because these children are not used to be confined so they break out from these safe houses. With my proposal the social workers would be able to notice any signs of abuse or illtreatment and report it to the officials. I think this would help these children live normal lives not characterised by violence which is the source of their fleeing from home into the streets.
Children herding homes because of HIV?AIDS is a great problem in our country. About 80% of these are girls. They are forced to leave school find jobs with which to take care of their siblings. This sometimes leads to these girls being molested, abused sexually for money. Unwanted pregnancies surface and the cycle of HIV/AIDS is repeated. I think the solution to this is free education, household monetory subsidies for children in these cases so that the older girl does not have to sacrifice her life for her siblings.


PrincessZar's picture

Hi, what an interesting

Hi, what an interesting observation, that about 80% of young people who are herding homes are girls this could be the contributing factor that why most of the HIV/AIDS infections occur in girls between the ages of 15 - 24 years. Sad but true, I will also love to support your proposal about getting social workers to monitor kids on monthly basis because like you said that where they will be able to pick up early signs of abuse and also intervene when needed.

I am also interested on your own definition of education in this ever changing world.

Keep your fire for life burning!

Keep your fire burning!

Woman of voice's picture


Thank you for agreeing with my opinions. There is so much proof out there that girls or women have power to turn the world around. Small girls just herd homes and it comes naturally without any struggle. They take responsibility and own it even if they have older boy siblings. It trully is amazing, thepower that is inside of us women.

Stacey Rozen's picture


You're so right. Social workers may help especially in child headed households. I just wish there were more social workers to accommodate the growing need. I'd also love to support you in your making your idea reality.

Thanks to both of you for finding me online and we don't even live far from each other!


Woman of voice's picture

We must meet some time. I

We must meet some time. I really feel strongly about this. If the government were serious, they would implement something like this because it is a fact that in South Africa HIV/AIDS has created many many orphans.

Taha Mirani's picture


Great post. Indeed a lot needs to be done. May God help you in your endeavor.

My best wishes.


Taha Mirani

Woman of voice's picture

Thank you Taha

Thank you Taha

One of Many's picture

very moving

Hello, Princess Zar,

You have done such a good job giving us a picture of what is going on in South Africa...and your solutions for social services to have oversight of homes with girls is a good idea. Your observation, though, that the girls are refusing to be confined in the places that are provided for safety -- speaks to the way the girls are so confined all their lives, that they will forsake their futures, just to have some freedom.

Reporting abuse to officials though doesn't do any good unless there is a way to prove abuse and then prosecute and punish...or to remove the girls, which also would require proof.

I would love to hear some of your experience and where you get your strength,

Thank you,


Speaking my Peace

Woman of voice's picture

Oh South Africa is a nice

Oh South Africa is a nice country but as all other places there are those bad things. A lot of women here are taking charge of their lives. There is a big need for women role models though, even though there are plenty I think they must show themselves more so that girls have someone to look up to.

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