Lamu East Member of Parliament Ruweida Mohamed has asked girls who dropped out of school due to early pregnancy and early marriage and are willing to continue with their studies to go back to school.
The MP said that her office is ready to cater for their school fees so that they can complete their studies.
“Even those girls who were married off early but want to pursue their studies, can do so because we shall pay for their fees”, she said.
She said that her goal is to improve standards of education during her five-year term reign.
Ruweida noted that through NG-CDF secondary schools, colleges and university students will get bursaries.
Speaking during NG-CDF public participation for 2022/2023 development projects in the area, the MP emphasized the importance of education for children.
“For a long time our people have been crying that we are a marginalized community. I want to assure you that if our children get educated, this problem will not be heard again”, she.
She said that many bright students from poor families have been missing out on opportunities to continue with their studies but noted that the issue will be handled well to ensure equality in disbursement of bursary.
Ruweida said that the bursary funds will benefit voters of the constituency alone and not people from other constituencies at the expense of locals like before.
Parents lauded the MP effort to ensure education is given priority saying it is the only way to ensure girl child is empowered.
Zaujia Heri, a resident, said that girl education will solve economic problems in the near future.
Mariam Bakari, a resident, said that it is important to educate a girl child so that she can be independent.
Khadija Mwinyi, a resident took issue with parents marrying off their girls at an early age discouraging them to instead give them the opportunity for education.