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Education of girls is essential in the drive by nations to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Although the education policy of most counties do not discriminate against girls and women, there is a serious gender disparity in enrolment and transition from one level to the next, especially in rural areas.

 
 Dr. Mary Lonyang'apuo - First Lady West Pokot County


The First Lady Dr. Mary Lonyang’apuo held a consultative meeting with Ladies League, a team that is under Pokot University Students Association (PUSA). They held deliberations on cross cutting issues affecting the girl-child in West Pokot County.
Many girls in Kenya are experiencing a lot of hardships when it comes to having better lives, fulfilling their dreams and reaching their goals in life. It has come to the realization that the Pokot girl is facing a lot of challenges that need to be addressed before they continue growing to levels that cannot be controlled. Such challenges include but not limited to FGM, early marriages.

 
 First Lady addresses the Student Leaders during the meeting


Dr. Lonyang’apuo urged ladies to strive hard and keep the vision and passion of empowering the girl child in the community. “We can bring the change that we want. We do not need to be pushed to do it. All you need to achieve this is the will and passion.”
The First Lady promised the team her unwavering support in ensuring that all issues affecting girl child are adequately addressed.

 
 First Lady poses for a photo with the Student Leaders


The team was led by the PUSA chair Mr. Fred Tulel, student at Technical University of Kenya and the Ladies League Chairperson Miss Regina Chenang’at, a student at The Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University. Accompanying the First Lady to the meeting was Madam Elizabeth Gichuki, Deputy Director Resource Mobilization and Mr. Isaac Molo, Director Office of The First Lady.

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