lthough she is at the top of her class, Risper is studying in an
educational system where girl characters are just beginning to
appear in text books. Families that cannot afford school fees for all
children often only pay for the boys. According to Dr. Agnes Kambira
PhD, at Nairobi University, "traditionally the girl is thought of as a
peanut seed, she enlarges the clan. The family prepares her for her
husband, who prepares her for her child."
Risper is fortunate to come from a family where both parents work and
can pay the school fees for all six children. But excelling in her
primary and secondary schooling is still no guarantee that she will be
able to continue her education. And there is less of a guarantee that
there will be a job for her, a poor rural woman with a basic education.
Even at a young age, Risper understands this and knows that if she wants
to achieve her dream of working for a television or radio station she
has only one option - to study at a university abroad. Like many young
Kenyans desperate to improve their lives, Risper hopes to go to the
United States to study in a university. But competition is stiff and the
scholarships are limited. And few can afford tuition and living expenses
when the average Kenyan makes under $100 a month.