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.
Our new students who started in January are fully settled into campus life, studies and their dorms & furnishings thanks to Global Giving supporters.
Sega has just received news of a USAID award that will enable it to expand its computer lab from 7 to 50 computers for our 180 students. This will be a tremendous improvement allowing more students to access computers and develop their skills.
In March, Sega celebrated International Women's Day. Excerpt from the student speech:
Up to now we see a lot of changes for women's development. We have equal rights between men and women and also women's have a chance of sharing ideas and become leaders. A good example is from our lovely school SEGA, the head of the school is a woman. As a peer educator club up to now we learn a lot of thing and the important thing which have already learned is "Women have a good chance more than men."
Thank you for your support
The Sega Girls School celebrated its first graduation in December!
Attended by board members and supporters from the U.S., the ceremony was both joyful and very meaningful, reflecting on the achievement of the 27 Form 4 girls who were graduating. There wasn't a dry eye in the house!
Depending on their exam results, our graduating students will continue to A level courses that lead on to university, go to vocational training schools, including nursing and teaching, or go out into the work force. Our career counselor is working with the students to help them decide the next step.
Thanks to your generosity, these students, who had dropped out of school due to extreme poverty, have been given a quality education and the chance of a better life.
In the meantime, one of the dorms that you have helped to furnish is being prepared for the next class of students that will be arriving at the Sega Girls School at the start of the next school year in January.
Thank you for your support.
Construction of the two final dormitories on the Sega Girls School campus is complete - and they are beautiful! They have been furnished with beds and cabinets with funds raised in this campaign.
Thank you for your gift that has helped us provide a safe living space for the next class of Sega Students!
We are still raising funds for the mattresses, sheets and blankets, and mosquito nets to make the dorms ready for the next group of vulnerable Tanzanian girls.
In the meantime, our first class of Sega students is working hard preparing for the rigorous national Form 4 examinations, and will then graduate on December 7th.
While the students wait for their exam results, they will take a 3-month post-graduation program encompassing intensive English and IT training, and an Entrepreneurship class in which the students prepare their own business plans for starting a small business.
Our career counselor, Amina, is working with these girls to help them determine the next steps; Some may choose to continue with A level courses leading to college, while others may go in the direction of vocational training or immediate employment.
We are excited to see the amazing things this first class is going to do with their education and skills!
We are pleased to report that, after a slight delay, the new dorms at the Sega Girls School are under construction - currently up to roof level!
They will be complete by the end of August, and, thanks to your support, will be furnished with beds and blankets for the 30 new students that will be joining the school in September.
The new intake will be selected from the local Morogoro city, and from Iringa, an area in the southwest of Tanzania, about 5 hours by bus from the School. All of the students selected will be vulnerable girls, who otherwise would be unable to attend school due to extreme poverty, but who dream of an education that gives them an opportunity for a better future.
We have been thrilled by the response to this project, that, including the matching bonus in March, has raised over $8,500 to date. Since this significantly exceeds our original target of $7,000 for beds and blankets, we decided to add on the cost of dormitory cabinets for the students to store all of their personal belongings. This brings our new target to $14,000.
Thank you for your support of this project, and for joining us in making a difference!
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