Secondary Education for Girls' Advancement (SEGA)

Secondary Education for Girls'Advancement (SEGA) seeks to provide quality education for bright, motivated Tanzanian girls, who otherwise would not have access to secondary education due to extreme poverty, giving them, their families and their communities a pathway out of poverty. SEGA's mission is to promote improved access to high-quality secondary education for marginalized and vulnerable Tanzanian girls. SEGA is responding to the inequitable access to and poor quality of education opportunities for Tanzanian children, especially for poor girls. Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world with 36% of people living below the basic needs poverty line and 19% below the food pov...
Apr 28, 2015

Educating and Empowering Tanzanian Girls 4/27/15

Farida Photo
Farida Photo

SEGA Campus Update

The new computer lab and a library are ready!

Thanks to USAID and our supporters, the recently completed multi-purpose building houses a computer lab with 50 new computers for the 195 students on campus. Plans are also in the works to offer computertraining classes to members of the community. This school-run business will help to meet the school’s goal of becoming financially sustainable.

The new library is ready for books. From these smiling faces you can see the girls are thrilled to finally have a library on campus. We still need about $4,000 to complete the library and purchase additional books. Help us complete the library and fill it up!

SEGA Clubs Value the Environment

At SEGA every day is Earth Day!

Our sustainable campus, completely run on solar power, is thriving with organic gardens and a rainwater catchment system. The students understand the wider impact of protecting their environment and have formed a new Environment and Science Club.

The girls enjoyed recent activities held during the club meeting, which focused on the importance of pollution awareness and reduction.

The Anti-Elephant Ivory Club continues its important work of raising awareness in local schools about the huge poaching problem and the need to protect Tanzania’s dwindling elephant population.

Student Spotlight

My name is Farida. I am 14 years old and come from Mvuha. My parents passed away and now I live with my aunt. My aunt is a peasant and has no money to take me to school. Also, getting food is difficult because she just works on a small farm, with little harvest. I am happy I got to come to SEGA and enroll in school. Here I’m studying many subjects. I like chemistry the most because I want to be a doctor or a science teacher.

After classes, I like working in the organic garden. At the garden we plant maize, vegetables, and tomatoes. I am in the Environment & Science club; it helps me learn more about gardening. Without SEGA I wouldn’t be able to go on with school. The last school I went to had no books at all. I come from a tough environment and this is very nice.

Thank You Volunteers!

Volunteering Overseas at SEGA

Dana Droller was raised in a family of educators, and grew up understanding the value of education. After viewing the
video, “The Girl Effect”, Dana knew that she wanted to be a part of educating girls worldwide. She then connected with
Polly Dolan and knew that the opportunity to volunteer at the SEGA Girls School would be perfect for her.

Dana extended her original 5 month stay and has now been at SEGA for 9 months. She has helped SEGA with
communications, public relations, grant writing, development of monitoring and evaluation tools, and even started
the new monthly English Essay Competition. Dana says, “The absolute best part of my job is spending time with 195
incredible girls, every single day.” She continues, “I can’t imagine myself being anywhere else right now.”

SEGA
SEGA's Anti-Ivory Club
New Library!
New Library!
Feb 10, 2015

Educating and Empowering Tanzanian Girls 2/19/15

The SEGA Girls School Update!

The New Semester Begins with Great News

Form III students had been waiting months to receive their National Examinations of Tanzania (NECTA) results from the previous year. They received the scores and learned that for a third consecutive year, 100% of the Form III’s passed their Form II NECTA’s.

On a formal level, the national exams determine if a student is fit to progress to the next Form. For Yustina John, passing these exams is an affirmation, “How can I explain my happiness? I am just so excited, I will be able to continue my studies and hopefully achieve me dreams and be a doctor.”

The achievement reaches far beyond the 2014 Form III class. Headmistress Anastazia emphasized the power of SEGA’s community, “Let us have a clap for your teachers, who taught you the material you needed to know in order to pass…For non teachers, the drivers who picked up your teachers to get here… the matron who takes care of you when you are sick, and the cooks who make sure you have food to eat and energy…”

All of the resources and support found at SEGA, matched with the students’ determination makes the 13 ‘A’ grades in the NECTA’s English section no surprise; it was the highest number of ‘A’s in any subject.

Read the full blog post here: http://nurturingmindsinafrica.org/class-act/

Following up with 2013 Graduates

Even after students graduate from SEGA, our team continues to support them. Read about recent trips to visit 2013 SEGA graduates at the schools and programs they are now attending.

Recently Pauline, Life Skills Coordinator/SEGA Teacher and Carolyn, Art & Environment Volunteer, paid visits to SEGA’s 2013 graduates. Pauline and Carolyn traveled all over Tanzania to check-in on the girls at the various schools and programs that they are now attending. During these visits Pauline and Carolyn caught up with the graduates, learned what they were enjoying and the struggles they were having. They also talked with the girls’ teachers to gauge academic performance and general well-being. The goal of these trips was to show SEGA graduates continued support and evaluate what areas SEGA can improve upon in order to make transitions to secondary schools easier for the students.

Read the full blog post here: http://nurturingmindsinafrica.org/following-2013-sega-graduates/

Plans for 2015

In 2015 we will improve student’s academic and personal goals through:

  • English, English, English! Watch for details on SEGA’s English Immersion Program
  • Career Development with internships, exploration and more.

Campus Construction

Phase III of construction finished with the completion of: a new staff house, infirmary and a multi-purpose building which will include an expanded computer lab, library and science labs!

This was made possible by a $1 million grant from USAID and your generosity!

44 Solar panels and 112 batteries have been installed and provide power for these new buildings. We have also purchased 50 computers for the lab.

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Nov 26, 2014

Educating and Empowering Tanzanian Girls 12/10/14

The SEGA Girls School Update!

Leadership Development

SEGA continues to promote leadership development through community outreach. Student volunteered at the Mgolore Orphanage Center and the Kingorwila Women’s Prison, cleaning and providing child care and other needed assistance which also allowed the girls to see what an impact they can make on their community.

In addition, five students attended the 1st Annual East African Girls’ Leadership Summit in Nairobi. The summit empowered the students who helped design the conference by identifying goals and a mission, learning leadership skills through direct practice.

Campus Construction

Phase III of construction finished with the completion of: a new staff house, infirmary and a multi-purpose building which will include an expanded computer lab, library and science labs!

This was made possible by a $1 million grant from USAID and your generosity!

44 Solar panels and 112 batteries have arrived and will provide power for these new buildings. We are in the process of purchasing 50 computers for the lab, which will be ready in time for the next academic year.

Nusura Paves the Way for Future SEGA Study Abroad Program

Thanks to the Saligman family, Nusura, a 3rd year SEGA student, studied for a semester at the Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia.

Nusura soaked in as much culture, language and academics as any girl can and returned a true leader at SEGA.

We are now looking to develop an on-going program with the hopes of bringing 2-3 more SEGA students to the US for short-term study in 2015.

2014 SEGA Graduation

On October 25 we celebrated our second Form IV graduation! 30 students received their O-level high school degree. Elizabeth Missokia, Director of Haki Elimu (an education advocacy agency in Tanzania), which means “Right to Education” inspired the graduates with her commencement speech.

The girls received backpacks from the Teens for SEGA in Newton, MA and cell phones from Kidogo Kidogo which will enable them to access career support services and job opportunities.

On-Campus Businesses Provide Entrepreneurship Skills

Through the on-campus business clubs (supported by FundcionParaguay and UNITE) students were given a loan to develop aCanteen to sell snacks, beverages and toiletries to visitors andstaff. With the profits from these activities, the students in theclub have recovered the original loan for products, and returned itto the revolving fund.

Some students are also participating in a savings program and have collectively saved between $300-$440 this year!

Poultry Business Helping SEGA Toward Financial Sustainability

We’ve out grown the startup phase! We now have 3,000 hens laying 2,500 eggs each day. This thriving business will bring in a profit of $12,000 this year and is slated to bring in $35,000 in 2015.

What’s next for business development? The students are already learning about the hospitality industry and have hosted small conferences and meetings at SEGA.

2013 Graduates One Year Later

Thanks to your support, our 2013 grads are off to a terrific start. Half of the class has gone on to higher education in the following areas:

  • 5 attend A-level schools.
  • 2 attend nursing school.
  • 2 are studying to become primary school teachers.
  • 2 are studying to become nursery school teachers.
  • 2 attend accounting programs.
  • 3 are doing courses in community development.

One of our 2013 graduates, Rhoda is now a student completing her A-levels in secondary school. She is studying physics, chemistry and biology. After Rhoda completes her A-levels, she hopes to study business at University and ultimately start a business.

Plans for 2015

In 2015 we will improve student’s academic and personal goals through:

  • English, English, English! Watch for details on SEGA’s English Immersion Program
  • Career Development with internships, exploration and more.

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