- Canadian high commissioner Christopher Thornely said that the need for providing education in low income areas
- Statistics from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) indicate that four in every ten women
The Canadian government has pledged to give adequate support to education programs in Kenya and more specifically paying more attention to ensuring students in slum areas get equal opportunities for education.
Speaking during the launch of Wezesha Kike Program in Nairobi, Canadian high commissioner Christopher Thornely said that the need for providing education in low income areas requires combined effort from the government and other stakeholders.
Wezesha kike is a program initiated by cmetrust which is a non -governmental organisation based in Mathare slums and the program seeks to empower the girl child in matters education.
According to Titus Kuria the co-founder of the organization, the need for initiating this program emanated from statistics that show that girls in slum areas are prone to sexual and gender based violence and other challenges that deny them an opportunity for education.
Statistics from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) indicate that four in every ten women have experienced sexual and gender based violence.
This initiative will help by giving counseling to the affected as well as offering financial support to the needy girls for their education.
To this end, Kuria has asked the Ministry of Education to support the program an also to establish policies that will ensure to girl will be left out in education.