A High Stakes Lesson in Peer Pressure

December 6, 2018 · 1 comment

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Lilian’s girlfriends made a plan to go to a disco after being sent home from school because of unpaid fees. She pretended she was going with them, but stayed home instead. She writes in her essay, “One man in the club had the idea that the ten girls were school children. He organized a deal with two more men. They attacked the girls and hid them in a small dark room. Three girls were raped while the rest were beaten thoroughly.” Her essay not only addresses peer pressure, but the unfortunate fact that still in many countries and towns young women, even in groups, are not safe out at night unless they have adult supervision.

Lilian listened to her instincts and stayed home, but she could’ve easily gone with her friends. Telling her story is important. The horror her friends endured and continue to live with leaves a warning not to be forgotten. One that may influence other teens to forego excitement for safety when there are risks.

Lilian was this year’s Second Place winner of Lenana Girls’ High School writing competition sponsored by Lift the Lid. We’re happy to share her essay with Kim S., who donated to our end-of-year fundraiser. So far we’ve raised enough to buy eight computers for Lenana, and we’re hoping to purchase at least two more. We also have an ongoing fund to offset unpaid fees for the most needy.

Thank you, Kim, for supporting our students, their writing, their education, and their good decision-making. Below is Lilian’s essay. We apologize that the print is blurred in the beginning:

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  • http://www.saragoff.com/ Sara Goff

    Lilian, I’m so proud of you for writing about this difficult topic. My deepest condolences to your friends. It is a shame that women still have to fear for their safety when going out at night. You knew there were dangers going to the club and made the right decision. I hope other young women will follow your example.

    I can tell that you put time into your essay, and I appreciate your clear and honest writing. I also like your message to follow your heart. I believe that’s important, especially when others are trying to influence your decisions. I hope you will keep writing. I look forward to reading more of your essays and maybe even a poem!



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