40-year-old mother of 6 determined to sit for her KCSE exams
Defying societal expectations, a 40-year-old woman in Kakamega is preparing to sit for her KCSE exams, driven by her unwavering determination to secure a brighter future for her six children.
Esther got her first child while she was 12 after being forcefully married off.
“I decided to go back to school in order to survive during these tough economic times, I also want to be able to help women who are in the same situation that I was in,” Esther said.
She said she joined Form 1 in Matunda secondary school a Public Sub-County Secondary School, located in Likuyani near Matunda Town, in Kakamega.
Her classmate, Lorna Omwami, said that Esther is a determined student who encourages her fellow classmates to work hard.
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) over the years has drawn attention to the pervasive problem of childhood marriages across numerous African countries, revealing that children from low-income households face a 2.5 times higher likelihood of entering into such unions compared to their counterparts from affluent families.
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