Fr. Maurice Erambo – Bungoma, Kenya
The Bishop was speaking Monday, during the official opening of St. Gabriel Girls hostel at Sirimba Catholic Parish in Bungoma. In his speech, Bishop Obanyi said that Kenyan parents and caregivers need to ensure that all children – be they, boys or girls - attend school without discrimination.
Bishop Obanyi warns against complacency in gender parity
Last month, June, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) said that notwithstanding significant improvements in the previous ten years, the gender gap persists on the African continent. Sub-Saharan Africa continue to have the highest rate of primary-school-age children who are out of school.
Although Kenya is one of the 19 African countries that have reached gender parity in primary education for boys and girls, in the past decade, Bishop Obanyi warned against complacency. He urged Kenyan society to guard against a lopsided gender parity advocacy that neglects the boy child.
“Today, a lot of attention has been devoted to the girl child leaving the boy child vulnerable. Ignoring the needs of the boy child is a recipe for disaster in future,” the Bishop admonished. He said society needs to come up with educational programmes that benefit and prepare all children for future challenges.
Kenyan education should impart values in young learners
The prelate further said that efforts should continue to be made to ensure that the educational system in the country infuses moral values in young learners. He thanked both local and international donors for their generosity in supporting and providing educational facilities in Sirimba Parish.