INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL POLICIES, Vol 3, No 1 (2009)

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From Ruined Hopes to Great Expectations: Strategies for Educating Vulnerable Girls in a Center of Excellence, Kenya

Kennedy O. Ongaga, Mary M. Ombonga

Abstract


This article is based on a qualitative case study carried out in a Girls Center of Excellence in Kenya. The purpose of the research was to examine strategies used in the Center to educate and empower girls, whose backgrounds are characterized by poverty, HIV and AIDS and retrogressive cultural practices including female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriages. The article utilizes a Gender Responsive Model to examine the strategies. Data was drawn from interviews with students, teachers and administrators, document analysis as well as participant observation. Findings show that the Center employs synergistic strategies integrated in a gender responsive pedagogy, Tuseme (Let’s Speak Out), the rescue center, and reconciliation and sensitization programs. The article concludes with recommendations for policy.

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