Flavia is a 16 year old girl in her 2nd year of vocational training in Uganda. While she could have chosen the societally-accepted vocation usually held by women, she has chosen building engineering. When she graduates, she will enter a field that has always been run by men, but that doesn’t scare her. As she breaks the molds, Flavia is an inspiration for girls everywhere.
Life has been difficult for her family so she is determined to change her future for the better. She was only a year old when her father passed away and her mother was left to raise her and her four siblings in poverty. Sometimes Flavia’s mother would work on plantations to make money for the family, but most of the time it could not meet their most basic needs.
Flavia’s life changed when she became a nursery student at Kutamba Primary School. She writes:
My relief came from Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project through the construction of Kutamba Primary School. I was admitted to the school in 2007 upon its opening and was able to study from there up to 2014 when I completed Primary 7. The next year I joined the wonderful Nyaka Vocational Secondary School. I enrolled in the newly established vocational class opted for Building and Concrete Practice, a course most people consider to be for males.
I am determined to become a great engineer and inspire other ladies into the same profession. Being strong and hardworking, I took up this course to become a great and trustworthy engineer in a field that is male dominated. I see my dreams coming true in the near future.
Flavia will be an amazing engineer when she is finished with school. As she pioneers a way forward, Flavia is a role model for all young girls who are want to pursue careers normally never held by women.
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