Opening the doors to higher education for girls in Tanzania
Every day, girls face barriers to education caused by poverty, cultural norms and practices, poor infrastructure, and violence. In Tanzania, we are constructing a three-storey school building to enable more young girls to reach high-level education, fulfill their potential and become role models. And we need everyone's support!
ROLE MODEL IN THE REGION
Since 2006, Mavuno Project runs a boarding secondary school for girls offering education to 333 students aged between 12 and 16 years old in Karagwe, one of the poorest district in Tanzania. About half of the students are enrolled through a scholarship program that allows the girls to go to school regardless of the family's financial status, while many of them are orphans.
The school has already proven to offer its students a first-class learning environment achieving excellent results in national exams at standard level (grade 7-11) and serving as a role model for other schools in the region. In 2021, the school ranked #4 out of 20 in the Kagera region and #83 out of 4 141 nationwide.
Yet, many of the students will not get a chance to reach higher education. The competition for upper level secondary education (grade 12-13) is fierce due to the lack of classrooms in the region, of which only a handful offer education that makes students qualified for university admissions.
GIRLS EDUCATION MATTERS
Girls education strengthens economies and contributes to a more stable and resilient society. Together with our partner organisation Mavuno Project, we are constructing a three-story classroom building as an extension to the existing secondary school to start offering upper-level secondary education (grades 12-13) and enable more young women to be both qualified and well prepared for university studies.
The school expects to benefit 1 800 students by 2030, offering multiple classrooms, a library, teachers' office, toilets, and an electrical power system.
With the structure of the basement and all storeys finished, the next steps as part of our project encompass roof, walls and all interior installations. The current goal is to restart the construction at full pace as soon as possible and deliver a building fully erected for educational purposes by 2024.
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