The conversation is really interesting, shifting from how the boarding school is changing the lives of the girls to how the teachers and staff could put in place support systems to help the girls who need extra attention. We are so deeply engrossed that we don't see the clock tick past 2pm, the official time to commence the afternoon lessons.
15 minutes later, we end the conversation to allow the teachers to attend class. As i go past the dormitory, i can hear excited girls talking in 4th grade. I can't help wondering what the discussion is about since they are on their own, without the teachers.
"Teacher, we are discussing about our rights," says Esther. "We have so many rights!" Mary adds. With a big smile on my face, I ask them to share with me what they have learnt and one after the other they go,
"I have the right to life,"' says Jane
"I have the right to all basic necessities of life like food and shelter, " goes Velma
"I have the right to feel safe, no one is allowed to hurt me," Hafsa asserts
"I have the right to express my opinion and adults have the responsibility to listen," says Valentine and Mercy in unison
And they keep going on and on with an aura of confidence that befits the next generation of women leaders in Kenya.
To see them live this out was mind blowing and underscores our commitment to provide superlative education for our girls and ensure that they can go on to reach their full potential and change the world.
Even more fulfilling is knowing that the progress that they are making is not just for their own good, but for their families, our community and society as a whole.