Baraka Kenneth America
Name: Baraka Kenneth America
Course: Bachelor’s Degree Development studies.
Slogan: impossible is possible.
What you want people to remember you for.
I want people to remember me as a prominent public figure, which gives all that it takes to help young girls whose efforts, and the cultural and other factors in our community have dimmed contribution. Helping them realize their rights is what I wanted to dedicate myself to, advocating for women’s and girls’ rights in the communities they live.
What inspired you to be part of the mentorship of girls in primary and secondary school?
The world is on the verge of eliminating all the forms of discrimination against women and ill manners of systems of power and control in which girls and women are treated as inferior and subordinates, so the inspiration here is that I felt it is the right time that I should offer my contribution, helping the girls lay the foundation of their future that cannot be intimidated by the men or cultures which do not allow them to discover they potentials.
So I am passionate about working to bring change, peace, and development in our society which is only realistic with the contributions of these young girls and women in the community.
What did you learn from the mentorship of the girls in primary school and secondary school?
Working with the girls during the mentorship program has been massive and great. What I meant was that the girls are passionate and empress initiative, which is quite sure has sharpened their thinking capacity, for instance, their ability to identify day-to-day challenges that they are facing in the community, hence coming up with a genuine and bold decision, which may give them chances to respond to their needs and priorities.
Self-choice, the girls know their priorities and should only be facilitated to reach where they want to be.
Moreover, they are the young lads getting such mentorship programs. They are on the right pole of bringing massive change to our community.
What memorable experiences do you have with the girls?
The memorable experiences of the girls have qualities such as,
- Working together.
- Recognizes each other’s weaknesses, rather than assuming that they are homogeneous, hence building and helping each towards achieving common goals.
What next for you, or what are your expectations?
Working with the girls for a few months of the mentorship gave me more strength and willingness to help the young and advocate for their rights in the country and be an agent of change, and that also gave me the courage to do Gender and Development (GAD) in my master’s program, inshallah.