THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE RETURN OF NIGERIAN SCHOOLGIRLS TO THEIR HOMES
IFUW urges governments to ensure that secondary school girl students have access to both digital and traditional books
In an ideal world, 100% of girls would achieve a secondary school education. IFUW’s Sheila Buemi-Moore advocates for education for girls in Kenya.
Sheila Buemi-Moore trekked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro on International Women’s Day as a gesture of respect and solidarity with womenkind worldwide. Killin’it in Kilimanjaro How did it happen? On scrolling down the weekly IFUW update in mid February I read a text asking « Need a Challenge ? » and all details lead to two organisations : WHOA – Woman High on Adventure, a travel company located in New York City that gives back and supports local women in the communities they visit. LTC – Ladies Trekking Club located in Estonia and founded by Janika Vaikjärv. The purpose of this Trekking Club is to value education and to mainly support Masaii girls. This information caught my eye. Living in Switzerland we are surrounded by mountains and climbing them is even better. These two organizations have a plan to raise funds to promote education for two specific schools, one located in Tanzania and the other in Kenya. How do they plan to raise funds? Organize an adventure to Climb Kilimanjaro and reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meters. A percentage of the fees paid by the participants will be contributed towards these two schools. The financial objective is clear. Whether it’s physically feasible is unknown. Then comes another question….and what about IFUW’s role in this? After all, I read about this challenge on IFUW’s website and it was there because education goes right down our alley. The deadline for registration was yearend so obviously it was too late. I put the email aside but couldn’t delete it just yet. An hour later my fingers point back to it. Why not just send an email to enquire? Within the hour I had an answer from Allison, one of the founders of WHOA living in New York who explained that I could still register if I could manage to get my plane ticket, visas, vaccines, malaria pills and other meds, fill out all the WHOA forms, confirm travel insurance, medical status, prepare all the mountain gear and make sure I’m at Kilimanjaro airport in 2 weeks. And of course, I will need to be fit. The women are aged between 20 and 30 with a few exceptions but one clearly at the other end of the scale – me. With Allison all the above sounded easy. The most important for her is the mindset of the women and taking advantage of such an adventure. I take a closer look at this trek and the 2 schools it wants to fund: 1) Give a Heart to Africa, located in Moshi, Tanzania and founded by Monika. She focuses on adult education...
IFUW visits Tembea Girls High School in Kajiado, Kenya to advocate for girls’ secondary education