Tabitha enrolled in primary school and continued successfully, until secondary school when her studies were interrupted due to her marriage. “I was not forced to marry but I willingly chose it. This was because there was no one supporting me to study.” She is now a mother but was still able to join the Accelerated Secondary Education for Women programme as it provided a flexible learning method with adequate materials.
“This is a good learning environment because our class is a special class for women. We share similar problems and interests. We are free to learn in the way that works best for us. Our teachers are knowledgeable and very kind to us.”
Each of the learners in the Women’s Learning Centre have overcome their own set of challenges. “Being a mother, I am faced with challenges of household chores. I also lack good means of transport to facilitate my movement from home to school” Tabitha explains. To learn effectively, Tabitha is determined to make it work. “I study at night after finishing my domestic duties” she added. This dedication and planning has helped Tabitha to be the best in her class, based on the first term exams.
Concerning her future career, Tabitha wants to become an accountant.
Girls face enormous struggles to continue their education. The pressures of establishing a family and fulfilling traditional roles draws many girls away from school.
An accelerated secondary school programme is a recognised way for young women to achieve this.