Sowing the seeds of potential: Women Amina Mwitu's story, Part 3

The Madrasa Early Childhood Program helps ensure children are able to receive the "eat, play, and love" their brains need to develop at an early age. In the first two parts of this series, we spoke with program director Amina Mwitu about the benefits of the program to children, and their teachers.

Amina Mwitu, program director of the Madrasa Early Childhood Program.

While program has transformed lives in the classroom, it has lifted up women in the community as well.

This is the last article in the series.

“When the program started, we insisted, through our criteria, that there has to be at least 30 percent women participating in our school committees,” says Amina.

“Today, over 60 percent are women. And they’re not just there as co-opted members. They are chair persons, vice, treasurers… and beyond the program, they’re also leaders in other groups. They have a voice. They can advocate for the changes they want to see in the community. For me, that is something very powerful.”

While she does consider the work of the Madrasa Early Childhood Program over the last three decades to be successful, Amina says its work has only begun.

“Yes, we have been able to achieve much, particularly in the counties where we’re working, but that’s really a drop in the ocean. In some counties, we’ve just been able to work with 15 percent, 50 percent, so there is still work to be done. Support is required.”

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