Last year, the Ministry of Education reported that Narok had a high teenage pregnancy rate at 40% against the National prevalence of 18 %. In view of this, CUEA has got into a Community Service engagement with Narok County to work with the community to see how the rates could be lowered.
During our Valentine’s Day Celebration on February 14, the First lady of Narok County, Mrs. Sarah Tunai visited CUEA where she made a call to the university students and staff to help and work with her in saving a generation by ensuring that girls complete their education and are saved from the harmful cultural practice of Female Genital Mutilation that leads many of the girls to early marriages and pregnancies.
Mrs, Tunai expressed confidence that a partnership with CUEA will go a long way in turning the fortunes of the girls and boys. She said she believed young people have a capacity to talk to each other and positively influence each other to achieve success in life. She made this challenge to CUEA students in the spirit of ‘Love and Beyond’ which was the theme of the Valentine’s day celebration. Our students can reach out to the young girls and boys of Narok County.
Alongside Mrs Tunai was a young journalism student who shared with CUEA students the challenges she encountered growing up in Narok County and how good Samaritans mentored and enabled her escape FGM and successfully complete her primary and secondary education and now she is completing her university education. The young lady said she believed that a peer to peer approach is crucial in empowering young girls to stay in school and get a career path going for them.
We have also engaged with the College of Health Sciences in conducting Community Health Programmes as well as a Medical Aid camp in the next few days in the County.