Annet Mbabazi, is the first born of 7 children. She has been a Christian since 1999, and She currently works with a Christian organization called Edify. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, and an MBA in project management. This is her Perspective on Girls and Education.
I strongly believe in gender equality in all areas whether academic career development or professionalism, I believe girls can equally excel at everything just like boys, or even better.
Having this perspective in mind, gives me the courage to beat all the odds and myths about girl child; influenced by the community I grew up in. My perspective sees me choose to standout, and develop the competence and confidence needed to attain whatever I deserve.
I came to know that being born a girl child is not an inability or a disability to reach for greatness that God created me for. I believe God created me as a girl because that was a suitable position for me to accomplish the purpose He sent me on this earth for, so whether it’s an academic goal or professional growth, I pursue it having the confidence that God has my back.
I believe society should approach Education as a right for every child, but also not look down on those that don’t perform very well in school, instead we should find out what their capabilities are, and support them in that way. I have learned that being successful doesn’t necessarily require the highest level of Education, it requires identifying what you do best and getting the necessary support. If the girl child is not good in classroom, maybe she is good in fashion design, or crafts, or singing. Can we help the girl child to support her talents and passion than just imposing on her what she is not good at?
I would like to call upon my fellow girls to believe in themselves because no one will do that for them. Identify your passion and your talent, it might not be your career but it might be an inspiration to someone else. ‘Don’t sell yourself low; you are smart, beautiful and very capable. You just need to realize it.’
My favorite scripture that gives me the courage at my low point is, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. (Philippians 4:13) This verse has pushed me to do things I never imagined to do; it is my everyday reminder that as long as I have Christ, there is nothing that I can’t accomplish.
‘I think God loves girls and he made us in a such a way that we are humble, strong and organized. We put things in order, we correct the wrongs in our family and community, we reach out to people with kindness, and we are also strong enough to endure the hardships of life.’
Looking back in the Bible, I see that God used women for his glory just like He used men. The likes of Esther, Ruth, Deborah and Mary are some of the examples. When you read their stories, you realize how God values girls, and He can use them despite their backgrounds or social status.
We hope that as a girl trying to find your footing in a career or education, this perspective from Annet Mbabazi takes you a step closer to making the right choice. And as you make it, you will know you are loved, you are being cheered on, and God is your biggest fan!