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...
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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Jul 14, 2014

Tanzanian Girls

The SEGA Girls School, for vulnerable girls funded by the US-based non-profit Nurturing Minds, is quickly gaining recognition as a model secondary school for poor girls in Tanzania.  Our mission is to provide a second chance to girls who were forced to drop out of primary (elementary) school due to poverty. We recruit 30 new students for our remedial program each year and currently have 150 students on our residential campus.

Each year, the SEGA Girls School recuits 30 new students who typically have dropped out of primary (elementary) school due to poverty.  This group is referred to as SEGA’s non-formal class as they must complete a remedial program and pass the Standard 7 exam in order to enter SEGA Secondary School Prorgam.  Often these students are homeless, lack guardian and parental support, have been exposed to sexual and/or physical abuse and are destitute –lacking all hope for a bright future.

At the end of the day, when the teachers go home, and the lights go out, the SEGA Girls School Matron offers love, care and support to the girls on campus.  Sometimes she may be woken up in the middle of the night with medical issues, or have to accompany students to testing during the day at the hospital (including for HIV+ students who need regular follow up on their CD4 count).  The Matron arranges for medical exams, supervises the cooks in the kitchen, and knows each student’s hopes and dreams.  She is of special comfort to younger, incoming students (ages 12-13 yr many of whom are orphaned) away from home for the first time. 

Because of your generous gifts, we can continue to hire wonderful staff like the Matron.  Thank you for continuing to give to the SEGA Girls School.  For more information, please check out our website at www.nurturingmindsinafrica.org.

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Jun 26, 2014

Educating and Empowering Tanzanian Girls

Five years ago, Sega was just a dream and the 150 girls now attending the school had little hope of a productive future. Today, thanks to your support, the girls are confident in their abilities, positive about their self-value, and very hopeful about what lies ahead. In December, we celebrated the graduation of our first class of students! It was a joyous occasion of singing, dancing and many thoughtful, inspiring speeches. With a 93% pass rate (compared to 58% nationally) our Sega grads are well-prepared for the next step in their journey, whether they go on to further higher education, start their own businesses or find a job in the community. 

We are all part of a global village working together toward a common goal of helping to provide each of our girls with the education and business skills they need for a brighter future.  These educated young women will lead the charge in decreasing poverty and increasing standards of living in their homes and communities.

 

Thank you for investing in girls’ education!

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