"The view that boys are gradually being sidelined in the schooling process is now part of the public discourse in Kenya.”
- Kenyatta University
Over the past decade, there has been a significant focus on the opportunity gap in girls’ education, and rightly so. EFAC’s gender ratio of 2/3 girls to 1/3 boys directly addresses the need to improve access to secondary school and higher education for marginalized girls in Kenya.
But we also know that boys’ education cannot be ignored if we want to alleviate gender-based oppression and educational inequality.
Transition rates from primary to secondary school for Kenyan boys living in extreme poverty are declining in comparison to girls. In addition, Kenyan boys are underperforming academically in comparison to their female counterparts.
Kenya’s most impoverished boys are at risk for:
- Dropping out of school to become child laborers
- Engaging in criminal activity to support their families
- Resorting to drug and alcohol abuse
- Perpetuating cultural practices that are harmful for women and girls
- Participating in violence and unrest in their communities
The EFAC Solution:
Educate an EFAC boy and he will:
- Graduate from high school and college
- Dramatically increase his earning potential
- Educate his own children
- Promote gender equality in his home and community
- Contribute to economic growth, peace and stability in Kenya