Harmful Socio-cultural beliefs, illiteracy and ignorance by some communities as they do not consider education important to their girls as compared to early marriage, farming, livestock keeping and attending to domestic duties.
Lack/Inadequate access to menstrual hygiene kits like Sanitary towels by many school going adolescent girls because of poverty.
High divorce rates and single parenting cases by many parents causing psycho-social and economic burden to children.
In many areas of Lamu County Kenya especially in Witu and Mpeketoni divisions, opportunities to access quality education for many girls are limited and in many communities, support of girls’ education is very low when compared to boys. A large number of girls are out of school and for those in school; they stand at a higher risk of dropping out before completing their primary education.
Despite the Free Primary Education (FPE) Policy of 2003 in Kenya, primary research findings by National Council for Population and Development “Kenya National Adolescents And Youth Survey, 2015”; Uwezo East Africa “Learning Assessment Survey in Kenya, 2013” and by Aga Khan Foundation “Bringing Out of School Children to school project in Lamu 2017-2019” have shown that many girls in Lamu County are dropping out of primary school. WHY?
As the Head of Programmes, Aisha manages all Project implementation activities in the County. She also participates in formulation of agenda, policies and projects of the organization.
Costanza volunteered her time to develop the organization’s website and currently she ensures the website is well updated and advises the best practices to be adopted for maximum visibility of the organization.
Bidala is directly in charge of implementing programme activities of the organization at school-community level. As a Programme Officer, she participates in formulation of project activities and policies of the organization
Hamisi is Social Scientist, BA. Anthropology and currently working with the National Gender and Equality Commission. In Toto Centre Initiative, Hamisi volunteers to provide technical support to ensure programmes are effectively implemented and #NoOneIsLeftBehind.
Andrew is a Social Worker by Profession and he provides general guidance and decisions of the organization by working closely with the Executive Director. He ensures partnerships and other key linkages are created and sustained with schools, state and non-state actors in Lamu County.
As Advisory Board Member, Gary offers guidance and general support to the organization. Specifically he ensures proper measures are being put in place to ensure children in schools are protected and safeguarded from any form of violence and discrimination.
Cpl. Ndinda is a Police Officer working with National Police Service in Kenya. As a Board Member to Toto Centre Initiative, she ensures all children are protected from any form violence and discrimination in Lamu County.
Mary is a trained Teach by Profession and currently employed by the Teachers Service Commission in Kenya. As Board Member to Toto Centre Initiative, Mary helps to make key decisions and give overall direction of the organization.
Ibrahim is Head Teacher and currently employed by the Teachers Service Commission in Kenya. As Board Member to Toto Centre Initiative, Ibrahim helps to make key decisions and give overall direction of the organization.
Mele is an ECD professional and currently employed as a Teacher by the Lamu County Government. As Board Member to Toto Centre Initiative, Julius helps to make key decisions and give overall direction of the organization.
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