By Ajang Barach-Magar, Nairobi, Kenya
April 9, 2017 (SSB) — Over the past few years, I ‘ve watched Twic East Girls Scholarship Program (TEGSP) with utter exasperation as it sprouted and gained ground. For anyone who may not be conversant with it, TEGSP is a girls-only scholarship program where preference is given exclusively to girls of Twi ethnic origin. Boys and other non-preferred groups are never considered as potential recipients.
To be lucidly clear from the outset, what I am challenging is the overt discrimination of male children and their subsequent exclusion. TEGSP is so deeply misguided. On their occasionally dysfunctional website, they do not provide any passionately and thoroughly reasoned grounds for their absurd decision to enlist the education of girls as their only priority. Perhaps, it is inevitable that anyone would encounter ridiculous difficulties trying to justify such an archetypal act of misandry.
Nevertheless, some of those who support it ~ chiefly Twi Community in the Australian state of Queensland, ‘ve attempted to rationalize their discriminatory gender criterion. It is unrelievedly surprising that hundreds of adult males and females – a mini society in its own right, but one at its absolute mediocrity, can be so derisively passive, irrationally insensitive or both.