Maria Musa, 22, from the River Atbara Locality is an example of why girls' education is so important.
In her community, young girls are expected to carry out domestic work, are denied an education and are married off early for the economic benefit of their families.
Maria was able to complete her secondary education and acquire a high school certificate. She is now a teacher at her local school and a chief advocate for girls’ education in the area – where traditionally girls drop out of school to become teen-mothers.
Maria is also involved in awareness programmes aimed at improving the protection of children in the area, especially girls, from all forms of violence.
Thanks to Plan International Sudan which has been promoting girls’ education in Kassala, there are now many more girls like Maria who are completing their education and playing leading roles in their communities.
“I will ensure that all the girls who are now in grade 8 will not only complete their basic education, but also receive Sudanese Higher Certificate of Education under my supervision. I would like to do this in honour of my parents who supported me to continue and complete my education”, says Maria.
Girls' education vital
Our quest is not only to ensure girls are enrolled in school, but to ensure that they continue with their education
Maria is a beneficiary of joint-efforts between Plan International Sudan and a local Non-Governmental Organisation, Children Development Foundation (CDF) which have been conducting several awareness sessions in River Atbara on the importance of girls’ education.
These awareness meetings have been targeting all the community members; including men, women, children, youth, community leaders and religious leaders.
Community leader Haj Ali said, “When we constructed Kuraj Community School and I took my daughters to school, people in the village accused me of going against our tradition, but I did not budge. I continued to talk to them about the importance of girls’ education until all of them took their daughters to the school”
Recently Maria received accolades from the Commissioner and Education Manager of the locality for her role in promoting girls’ education.