SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE: To transform the lives of pastoralist children through education while preserving positive cultural aspects.
THEME: EDUCATION NOT MUTILATION
Lack of formal education has been the biggest reason and excuse to pastoralists’ marginalization. Levels of illiteracy are high and it is even worse among girls and women. ICC contributes to
This way ICC discourages early/forced marriages as well as retrogressive cultural practices such as FGM. To advance this course ICC founded and now hosts a network of organizations working on children issues in the entire Kajiado County.
Kajiado County Children’s Stakeholders Network (
As a network, KACCSNET has enhanced effective interventions by improving coordination, partnerships, and teamwork for organizations working to ensure children and especially girls are protected and remain in school. The network has widened the scope of impact and has made the otherwise challenging tasks of protecting children interesting and successful.
This network is now working with the county government especially the ministry of Gender and ICT to spearhead the domestication of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Act of 2011 to suit Kajiado County context and build ownership, hence implementation realization with less ado.
ICC uses an approach called transformative leadership for girls to help them focus on high-level goals and aspirations different from the traditional and cultural lifestyle. A high proportion of girls from the Maasai community drop out of school early and do not complete their education. ICC postulates that keeping girls in school, and developing their leadership capabilities, will provide protection and safety to become independent and economically active members of their communities.
ICC’s strategy to support education and transformative leadership for girls includes:
- Leadership and mentorship holiday camps for girls, following the ICC Girls’ Transformative Leadership curriculum.
- Financial support to girls from poor families to stay in school while meeting their pressing material needs
- Strong relationship developed with households/families, the whole community and school administration around the learning and living environment for girls
- Goal setting for the girls aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy giving a voice to the voiceless
- Formation of Girls Transformation Clubs in schools to foster self-esteem, ambition, and networking among girls to form a generation of young women leaders who understand and fight for their rights
- Foster and encouraging peer learning through the exchange programs