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 ...
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


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!

Apr 7, 2014

Sega Girls School Plans for Computer Expansion

Sega Girls School Campus
Sega Girls School Campus

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

International Day for Women Celebration
International Day for Women Celebration
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