Selena Gomez in Kenya

Selena Gomez in Kenya volunteering with students

Selena Gomez in Kenya 

Selena Gomez spent the past week in the country with WE Movement; a community that believes in helping people across the world and engaging in collaborative programs that offer resources to vulnerable families and schools.

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The artist visited Kenya with her friend Racquelle Stevens who posted a few moments they captured in the WE College and Sheldrick Trust Sanctuary.

“Spent the week in Kenya with @selenagomez & the most amazing team @wemovement,” Stevens wrote on Instagram. “I will forever remember the beautiful people we met. I learned so much and was reminded that no matter where I am whether at home or anywhere in the world the greatest gift in life is being able to connect with people.”

She also shared moments where they got an opportunity to bead jewelry with local mothers and visited the local school where they met students. “I learned that attending secondary school is a huge privilege with only 41% of girls attending,” Stevens shared. “The girls we spoke with are so grateful for the opportunity to learn and we need to see this number increase.”

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Spent the week in Kenya with @selenagomez & the most amazing team @wemovement. I will forever remember the beautiful people we met. I learned so much and was reminded that no matter where I am whether at home or anywhere in the world the greatest gift in life is being able to connect with people. I was again reminded that no matter where we live or what our background is we are all connected through our humanity. During one of our afternoons we had the opportunity to bead jewelry with a group of local mamas. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, we had the best time together and were able to connect through eye contact, smiles, laughter, and hugs. We also visited two of the WE schools. The secondary girls school and the WE college where we were moved by the stories we heard, and inspired by the intelligent, confident girls we got to spend time with. I learned that attending secondary school is a huge privilege with only 41% of girls attending. The girls we spoke with are so grateful for the opportunity to learn and we need to see this number increase. I will cherish these moments and all the other moments had during this past week. I leave remembering that we all want the same things. That is to be seen. To love and be loved. And to live in a world where we all have the access we need to achieve our dreams, build a life we are proud of, and to leave a better world for future generations. ❤️

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Her visit to Kenya made her ascertain that education changes lives as she witnessed first-hand importance of education. Through her twitter handle, the songbird said that during her trip to Kenya, she had the opportunity to meet with remarkable young people and teachers, who are fighting for the right to a free, quality and inclusive education. The number of countless students in Kenya not receiving a quality education of this population the 59 per cent being girls who are not even going to school, however, crushed her heart.

Two years ago, President Uhuru headed to international calls to reform the education system. He responded by pledging to increase the education budget, to a significant figure. But as expected very little was done to see that the adjusted budget is well implemented so that the education sector is able to improve the lives of many young people especially those in rural areas.

Selena called President Uhuru to remind him of his promise to increase spending on education because there has been very little to no progress at all. She went ahead to urge the president and the Minister of education to prioritise on delivering

Young people across the country and particularly the poorest and most marginalised are missing out on critical opportunities. In response to your calls last year, at the Global citizen festival in South Africa, Kenyan president Kenyatta committed to increase spending on education. From 17 per cent to an impressive 30 per cent of the national budget. But we haven’t seen progress or received an update on this commitment yet. So we need to make sure its front of mind for the president and minister of education and it’s delivered upon.

Also read: SELENA GOMEZ CALLS UPON PRESIDENT UHURU TO FULFILL HIS PROMISE ON EDUCATION

 

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