Kabulokor’s Community Conversations: Talking for Change
Kabulokor is a small village in Loima sub-County, Turkana. Despite school being free, less than a third of the children in the village attend.
Johanna Loyok explains: ‘For most people here, education isn’t a priority. The favourite boy always minds the animals, while girls are expected to look after the family, doing domestic chores until they can be married off in exchange for more goats, camels and cows’.
Recently trained by Aidlink and our local partner the Girl Child Network, Johanna holds monthly ‘conversation’ meetings where he brings the community together to discuss child rights, education, and the community’s role in ensuring that every child attends school. The community has begun working together to report cases of child marriage, sexual assault, and child labour to the authorities, and “out-of-school” children are identified with a committee established to carry out household visits in order to ensure that every child is enrolled in school.
‘Little by little, the community’s attitude towards education is changing’ says Johanna, ‘especially for girls and children with disabilities. It may not happen overnight, but I believe community conversations are a vital tool to achieve gender equity in education and empower the community to seek change’.