THE GATHERING DAY
Calling Attention to the Experience of an African Girl
On the first day of the Indaba, The Gathering Day, girls will call participants to the Indaba and initiate a conversation on the theme of the Indaba, ‘creating gender-responsive and transformative education systems. A Bemba adage (one of Zambia’s local languages), goes, icikalipa cumfwo mwine’ meaning the one who suffers the pain is the one who feels its intensity and describes it the best. Therefore, the Gathering Day will be girl-led and girl-organised. The girls understand that “it takes a whole village to educate a child,” and therefore the girls will invite to the Indaba several stakeholders to a conversation where they will state the real experience of an African girl and her struggle to attain an education; the girls will state what they feel the issue is.
GIRL- LED GATHERING DAY PROGRAMME
The Gathering will involve the full participation of a wide range of stakeholders. It will serve to convey the collective statement of the girls and youth on what the real issues surrounding girl education in Africa are in the wake of COVID-19. The Gathering will call the global public, youth, teachers, civil society, religious leaders and others to listen, to see and be attentive to the experience of the girls.
HON.DR. VALENTINE UWAMARIYA
Minister of Education, Rwanda