FRONTLINE LEADERs ENGAGING CONSTITUENTS ON GIRLS EDUCATION
In Ethiopia, religious leaders are playing a vital role in mobilizing the community for informed action as they have a larger constituency base and grass-root structures where they can easily reach the entire population in any program interventions. Following the training of religious leaders on the concept of Keeping Girls in School (KGIS), the frontline religious leader made vows that they would leave no stone unturned to make the KGIS project objectives happen.
Religious leaders in the major religions in Ethiopia like the Orthodox Christian, Muslim, Protestant and Catholic preached to their followers the importance of keeping girls in school concerning the Holy Scriptures.
Religious leaders in Ethiopia have used various platforms such as Sunday schools, Tsiwa Mahaber (Monthly social gathering by the Orthodox Christian believers) and youth and women church ministry programs in the Protestant and Catholic Church, Jumma prayer program, Islamic School (Medresa) and the daily five (5) times Muslims prayer program, in high school and university fellowship programs and the regular church and mosque teaching programs, these religious leaders give sermons on the importance of girls education and keeping them in school in line with their respective religion.
With commitments and leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto and the Emir of Argungu, over 625 Traditional and Religious leaders are now Advocating for Keeping Girls in School in Nigeria and nearly 100 Religious and Community leaders are doing the same in Ethiopia which is more than 10 times the initial expectation of just 50 in the first year of the movement