female education

Empowering Female Students

Hayden Banks and Bella Middleton We have relished the opportunities available to empower female students in our role as PWs. Uniquely assigned to an all-girls school, we have been made even more aware of the issues associated with gender inequality in East Africa than our peers at mixed schools. Indeed early on we observed high levels of absenteeism and after speaking to the principal (herself a great source of inspiration for the girls), it was […]

Breaking barriers to female education

Project Background: Female Education St Elizabeth Bumia Girls’ Secondary School, in Mumias District in Kenya’s Kakamega county, was a first year EPA school in 2015. The headteacher, Azibeta Odongo, had an enthusiasm for girls’ education. This drove the school’s expansion from a single class of 22 girls learning under a mango tree in 2002, to a thriving school of 256 girls when PWs arrived. Although the school has grown successfully, gender issues were still limiting […]