Fighting violence against women

Franka’s Story

I am Alimo-can Franka, a child mother of eighteen years old. I led a life full of thorns before I finally joined Nwoya Girls Academy (NGA). I dropped out of school in Senior 3 when my benefactor could no longer support my school fees. Two years later, I decided to elope and concubine with a man with whom I produced a baby girl. I suffered mistreatment and violence at the hand of this man, prompting my mother to take me back home. It is at this point I was so lucky to be able to join Nwoya Girls Academy to resume my high school education.

Joining NGA is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me! THis is one of the only schools in the country that allow girls to continue studies when they are mothers, giving us a chance at a secure future.

Besides normal school curriculum, I am learning leadership skills and became a student leader. I am now the current head girl of the school. I have also acquired skills in leading, games and sports, and how to build relationships with others at the school.

For now, my main focus is academics. I very much motivated by looking up to educated women who hold positions in society, they are my role models. I am working on building my self-confidence, and academic discipline. In future, I am looking forward to becoming a nurse and so science subjects are my focus.

My name is Apwoyo-can Susan, I am 16 years old in senior two class at Nwoya Girls’ Secondary School. I come from Te-okono village. I lived with my father and stepmother, who mistreated me, making life difficult at home.

I am excited to be a student of Nwoya Girls Academy. All through my Primary education, I walked a long distance between home and school. My village had very few government schools with poor facilities including teaching. I had to borrow notes from pupils who studied in better schools during holidays. As a young girl, I had no one to see as my role model as very few women were educated in my village.

Joining NGA totally gave me a new experience in life. I am in a comfortable boarding school, a cool environment that I am enjoying for my studies. I have met many ladies who are educated and are great people. I admire our head teacher and the other female teachers. I am ambitious and would want to be like them. I am working hard to become a veterinary doctor in future.

For the time that I have spent in this school, amongst many other things I have learnt to overcome my shyness and speak well before my fellow students.

Susan’s Story