Meet Husna, a soon to be graduate of secondary school in Tanzania. Husna wants to become a teacher at a secondary level of education. She believes in the impact education has on children and enjoys interacting with young people. Husna says that becoming a teacher would be a dream come true.
With graduation coming soon, our students are eager to attend teacher training classes to be the next leaders in education in their communities. Having gone through school in overcrowded classrooms with under qualified teachers who cannot give each student the time he or she deserves, these young women are determined to change the education system by becoming competent, passionate teachers in Tanzania. By supporting girls to become teachers you are not only helping one young woman but also her family, students and community. Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, says, "Seventy per cent of a woman's salary goes back into her family. If you want to tackle poverty, you help girls become women, get educated and employed."
Supporting girls to attend Secondary School can change a young woman’s life. It is proven that girls who receive an education are more likely to become more successful, community leaders and able to support her family’s livelihood. Cultural and economic barriers result in many girls not being able to attend Secondary School. The loss of education and opportunity leaves many young women to a life of absolute poverty.
In The Guardian’s recent article, Adolescent girls: the key to ending poverty? Global development experts share their thoughts as to the importance of girl empowerment:
“Girls are out of sight and of mind: Of the world's 130 million out-of-school youth, 70% are girls, and nearly half of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls 15 and younger.”
“Investing in adolescent girls is both the smart thing to do and the right thing to do: Adolescence is a critical time. If supported during this stage, a young girl is likely to marry later, have less children and invest more money into her family and community.”
Your support not only changes the life of one girl but also plays a role in girl empowerment and ending poverty.
In Tanzania the mean student to teacher ratio in primary school is 58 to 1. Well-trained teachers are needed in order for students to receive quality education they need to succeed. With TIA workshops teachers will be educated on best-practice teaching methods, such as how to engage students in creative and innovative ways. This is very different from the usual form of teaching in Tanzania which involves lecturing, memorization and standardized tests. In 2012 61% of students who took the National Form Four exams failed, proving that the current teaching methods are not working. Remote memorization does not encourage learning but instead is tailored for students to memorize content in order to take a test. Education is highly-valued to many students in Africa. The quality students receive is unacceptable and they deserve teachers who are driven to provide the proper education they deserve. By supporting the TIA program, you are training teachers throughout the country who are passionate to make a difference in the education of students in Tanzania.