Girls are forced into early marriages among the Karimojong community to help their parents generate wealth. FILE PHOTO | AFP
According to Ministry of Education and Sports data, in Moroto district, only 13 per cent of girls completed primary education last year. Census reports show there are 23,154 girls between the ages of six and 12 in Moroto but only 4,786 were in school by July 2015.
From the age of five, a Karimojong girl is prepared for marriage. At 12 years the girls are engaged to young men of about 18 years. After the age of 12 most parents neglect duties of educating the girl child and sometimes one is forced to get married.
Female genital mutilation, early marriages, lack of facilities in schools and poorly equipped schools continue to deny the majority of Karimojong girls access to education.