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Silvia’s Story

Silvia

Nairobi, Kenya

In Kenya, it is often perceived as shameful to be studying at a late age. For 23-year-old Silvia who recently returned back to secondary school, books on her mobile phone mean that she can study in privacy.

I had a proper education until the age of 15. My mother raised me single handedly and when she died, I couldn’t continue with my studies. I thought that was the end of my life, I never thought I would return back to school.

Now, I’m 23 and I’m so proud to be in school again. Second chance school is a place where people come when they haven’t completed their primary or secondary education. It has given me a second chance.

In Kenya it is often perceived as shameful to be studying at a late age. With books on her mobile phone, Silvia can study in privacy.

The mobile phone is really helping me with my studies. I read much more now that I have books on my mobile phone. With my phone I can read at work and it’s easier than using a book whereby everyone will see you. I’ve been saving and saving and that’s why I’m here. I believe if I finish secondary, I’ll go to the university.

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