Plan International plans to roll out an awareness creation in Kisumu County on early and forced marriage among school going children.
Country Director Carol Sherman says early and forced marriage is a violation of human rights that destroys girls’ childhood’s lives.
Sherman County Director Plan International says the practice is most prevalent in some parts of the country where girls are married before age 18. She says girls are often removed from school for marriage and once married they are not permitted to continue their education.
She says the practice violates girls’ human rights, curtails their education, harms their health and sharply constrains their futures. Speaking in Kisumu when she paid a courtesy call at Governor Jack Ranguma’s office, Sherman says girls who marry early are often deprived of the opportunity to reach their full potential.
She says the consequences of early marriage reach beyond the lives of young married girls themselves to the next generation and Plan International will be out to speak to the community.
Ranguma lauded Plan International for their educational investment in the county where they have focused on early childhood education.
He says early childhood education has been neglected and his government has allocated funds for the improvement of the sector.
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