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Published on Apr 18, 2013
Maasai Girls Education Fund's Life Skills Workshops for Girls were created in response to the high dropout rate of teenage girls in Kenya's Kajiado County. While attributable to many social, cultural, and economic factors, girls drop out of school primarily because: - Their fathers decide to marry them off - They get pregnant
Curriculum: Girls learn the life skills that can prevent teen pregnancy, reduce early marriages, defend against pressures for casual sex, and reduce the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. They learn how a woman gets pregnant and the social skills to prevent teen pregnancy. They learn about female circumcision (FGM—female genital mutilation), about which they know nothing until they have undergone the procedure. Once circumcised, a Maasai girl considers herself a "woman," and no longer a child who attends school. And they learn that FGM and marriage before the age of 16 are illegal in Kenya, and that some enlightened chiefs and the police will protect girls from both. Learn more: http://www.maasaigirlseducation.org/