Over the last 18 months, Team Kenya’s Brighter Futures programme has been using mixed gender football as a way of educating the local community on issues including gender-based violence and inequality.
Initially providing interactive lessons to boys and girls in partner schools, community outreach sessions follow which ensure all groups within the community receive this vital education.
Even after a relatively short time, the programme has already had a noticeable impact in reducing gender-based violence, child marriage and teenage pregnancies. While it is difficult to accurately measure the prevalence of these issues as most are concealed or unreported, teachers and students have said that the situation is improving and the community outreach sessions have had a positive impact on those living locally.
The UK based Kenyan charity has been working in Ndhiwa, where only 15.7% of girls continue into secondary education. Gender-based violence, child marriage and teenage pregnancies are the main reasons behind girls abandoning their education, but Team Kenya have reported that of the girls reached through their Brighter Futures Girls’ Support Groups last year have continued with their education, including older girls who have progressed on to secondary education.
Over the next six months, the charity are planning to install anonymous drop boxes at each partner school to gain a real insight into the issues that are still prevalent at their partner schools and within the community to allow them to address and act on the remaining issues faced by girls in Ndhiwa.