Culture-bound constraints to girls’ education still abound especially among rural and poor populations. These include early marriage, sexual harassment, excessive domestic chores and the low value placed on educating girls. It is for that reason that our community advocacy work targets communities where these attitudes and practices are frequent. We work towards building public awareness on the social and economic value of girls’ education so that native citizens themselves take responsibility for the task and collectively work to support the agenda. We employ a number of advocacy strategies to enhance community participation in the provision of girls’ education. These include:
- Mobilizing communities to actively support girls’ education: Communities pass by-laws to protect girls from domestic violence, teenage pregnancy and early marriage; participate more in school management; provide materials for construction of gender-responsive school facilities; and, counsel girls on sexual maturation.
- Reaching out through Women’s Clubs: Women (Mothers) work to enhance girls’ access, retention and performance in school through house-to-house sensitization initiatives and activities, child rights community training events, child protection activities, income-generating activities and literacy training.
- Engaging with the media through mobilization and partnerships: SAID mobilizes media practitioners and engages in partnerships with media entities to enhance the relay of advocacy messages on education, empowerment and gender parity to target groups within communities.
- Participating in global and regional campaigns at national level: SAID reaches out to communities through active participation in the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), International Women’s Day, World AIDS Day, International Literacy Day, the Day of the African Child, and various national days on girls’ education, children’s rights and gender equity.