Ayisha understands better than anyone how challenges students face outside of school like hunger, financial insecurity, and family breakups can negatively impact upon performance in school. Over time she became aware of young people who had dropped out of school and worked with fellow CAMFED Association members, teachers, and parents to find solutions. To date, she has helped return six children to school.
In addition, Ayisha works with CAMFED Association members who are health professionals to sensitize young people and the wider community on dangerous practices like unsafe abortion and root issues such as early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and family planning. By taking to the air through local radio stations, they are able to reach a larger audience and, in this way, encourage lasting change.
As a Learner Guide, Ayisha grew in confidence, earned the respect of her community, and discovered her passion for teaching. In return for her voluntary work, Ayisha received a small grant, training, and mentorship to start a grocery business. Today, her business is thriving, the profits from which she is using to support herself through university. As an undergraduate, she is studying Gonja, her mother tongue, and is training to become a teacher. Her goal: to return to her community to equip the rising generation with the literacy skills they need to master their language and keep it alive.