Eliakunda graduated from Enaboishu Secondary School in Northern Tanzania in 2013. She had been one of the most dedicated of our Kisa Program students, demonstrating creativity, commitment, and great aptitude. It was, therefore, not a difficult decision to make when she applied to AfricAid’s University Scholarship Fund for support to allow her to accept the place she had been offered at St Augustine University of Tanzania.
Eliakunda is the first in her family to go to university. She comes from a farming area on the lower slopes of Mt Meru in Northern Tanzania and her family are subsistence farmers, who often struggle to make ends meet. This was especially true after Eliakunda’s father passed away when she was a child. Her mother worked very hard, and with some additional outside help, was able to send her youngest daughter to secondary school. Supporting her to go to university, however, was going to prove too much of a stretch, even though this bright young woman had worked so hard to gain a place in the Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) program.
This is where the AfricAid Scholarship Fund can really make a difference to an individual’s future. Each year we accept applications from young women like Eliakunda for a partial scholarship. The amount awarded to each successful applicant is normally about $500 per year of study – the family raises the rest. The scholarship is paid directly to the university to partially cover the cost of tuition.
What is a relatively small amount of money has had a large impact on the course of a young woman’s life – a young woman who we have no doubt will be a great role model and inspiration to other young women who struggle for a brighter future. And the only reason AfricAid is able to do this is because of donors like you. We have only reached about 10% of our target so far, but we hope to reach it so that we can say ‘yes’ to more young women like Eliakunda. Thank you so much for helping us get there.
AfricAid provides university scholarships for girls who graduate from the Kisa Project, a two-year leadership, life-skills, and entrepreneurship training for high school girls in Tanzania. Scholarships are provided to Kisa Scholars who not only graduate from Kisa but also pass the national exam to graduate from secondary school. This year 100% of scholars graduated in a country of which only 5% of girls graduate secondary. Even better, 100% of the young women are preparing to attend university and because of supporters like you, the girls who need financial assistance to pay for tuition will receive a scholarship! We need your continued support to increase our scholarships and assist more amazing young women leaders to pursue their higher education and dreams.
The school year is quickly coming to a close! Eight young women are about to graduate secondary school and will start university or vocational training after their Leadership Immersion Experience in July 2014. These young women are Kisa graduates. AfricAid's Kisa Project mentors girls in the areas of leadership, life-skills, and entreprenuership. These graduates then mentor a group of 10-15 young secondary school girls during Leadership Immersion to pass along the skills they received during the two year Kisa Project training. Upon graduating from the Kisa Project, the girls join the Kisa Alumni Association which connects them to a network of accomplished Kisa leaders who are using their leadership skills to change their communities. Once the young women graduate from university, they can apply to be Kisa Project mentors or become involved in AfricAid's business incubator. With so little job opportunities in Tanzania, university graduates often have a difficult time securing a decent job after graduating. Our business incubator trains and connects girls to jobs in the social enterprise sector. We provide young women with university scholarships to give them the opportunity to succeed and through our Kisa Alumni and business incubator programs, AfricAid makes sure each young woman is provided with enough resources and training to be a powerful woman leader in Tanzania.
One of the biggest challenges that young women face in Tanzania is the lack of opportunity to attend university. Our University Scholarship Program is geared towards girls who graduate from our Kisa Program, AfricAid's leadership development program for secondary school scholars. AfricAid offers eight competivite scholarships for girls to attend university or vocational training colleges. This year, eight young women have been identified. The girls graduate in May and will start university or vocational training after their Leadership Immersion Experience in July 2014. Upon graduating from the Kisa Program, the girls join the Kisa Alumni Association which connects them to a network of accomplished Kisa leaders who are using their leadership skills to change their communities. University graduates can apply to join the Kisa Program as mentors and the cycle of empowering and developing new leaders continues.
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."
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