Kakenya Ntaiya’s story is not easy to listen to, but is so important to truly hear. She shares her harrowing journey of overcoming many obstacles to obtain an education. As a Maasai girl growing up in Kenya she was not encouraged to go to school, but rather have an arranged marriage and go through the other rights of passage as a woman in the culture. Ntaiya had a different plan.
While Ntaiya was ultimately able to leave and get an education in the U.S. many other thousands of girls in the same conditions are not able to do so. This has inspired her work back in her native Kenya to build schools for girls and serves as a reminder to us all that we can each make a difference.
On Study Abroad you may have the opportunity to see first hand the disparities that exist in education around the world, often times based on gender discrimination. Maybe you’ll even get to volunteer in certain initiatives directly related to this issue or many others. Ntaiya’s message is clear. She challenges us all to use her work as an example, “impacting one girl, one family, one village, one country at a time.” She concluded by saying that if we do this, “we will live in a very peaceful world.”
How will you use Study Abroad to inspire change in your world?