Need: Mentorship initiative for Young girls in Somalia!!!
In my community, girls leave school before they reach secondary level due to lack of motivation coupled with frustration and lack of faith in finding an employment with systematic education. I was privileged to have had parents who believed in education and instilled in me the belief that education is the key to success. I was very active and I genuinely loved education and school, and if wasn’t for my parents’ motivation and inspiration surely I would not have reached where I am today. Therefore, I always felt it was my duty to spread the word and help other girls find an inspiration and motivation in the education system. I earned a university degree abroad and decided to teach at a local university and I realized the very little female presence in the higher education institutes which is less than 5%. Few of us, who are female university graduates are involved in an attempt to motivate and provide mentorship for school girls, especially the middle and secondary level to help them stay in school.
We are planning to provide them mentorship programs that focus on education and its importance, and we want to become role models for them.
Being a role model for young girls is an important task because it will give them an aspiration and somebody to look up to.
Although currently our initiative only focuses on training and workshops, however, we plan to broaden our activities and include a scholarship fund awarded to the high achieving female secondary school graduates to enable them to further their studies at local universities. We also want to provide networking opportunities for them to collaborate and share ideas and experiences across the nation, as well as introducing them to online communities such as the World Pulse so that they can be globalized.
Education is not free in Somalia, from primary to higher education, and many people cannot afford the expenses of tuition fees. Luckily, humanitarian organizations have collaborated with the state government recently to provide scholarship for girls who want to study Bachelor of Education to teach at local schools. This is great news, but the missing link is making sure girls do continue to reach the secondary school level in order to graduate and be able to take advantage of this opportunity and that’s our aim. We are targeting middle school specifically, because that’s when young girls start to drop out to get married and be exposed to teen divorces and end up with the responsibility of caring for infants at a very young age.
Although our initiative is currently starting in Bossaso City located in northeast Somalia, but we are gathering members from other regions, and we plan to expand our activities throughout the nation.
I don’t doubt for a second that there will be people who will call our efforts devilish and they will certainly try to undermine our work, and I also know that we can overcome the threats and obstacles with perseverance and commitment. But it’s our first attempt, so I realize that we lack experience, therefore, I would like for us to receive guidance from girl mentor professionals who have done this before. I know there are lots of threats and challenges that face girls when it comes to education and we can get overwhelmed in the midst of all that. However, with a steering wheel to direct us towards the required activities that will produce the needed results we can manage to channel our efforts to accomplish our main goal which is motivating young girls to stay in school, and empowering them to have ambition, passion, and drive to excel in life. We can empower them and boost their self confidence, to help them to come to the realization that they are worthy of education, worthy of love, worthy of life, and worthy of success in life. We can share our program activities with you guys and I welcome to receive constructive criticism and guidance towards implementing our work. I post this with the confidence and knowledge that surely in this amazing community I will receive a great help.