Undoubtedly, there are many primary schools in Tanzania that would benefit from some extra assistance. While AfricAid aren’t able to provide support too EVERY school that needs it, we are making a huge difference at Losinoni Primary School, thanks to the support of people like you! Losinoni is a school on the outskirts of Arusha, the region in which AfricAid have been working for almost 15 years.
The children that attend the school are all drawn from the local Maasai villages. The Maasai are undoubtedly one of the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in Tanzania. Because of the poverty many experience, and with the changing times, it is essential that these children get at least a basic education. This increases their life chances across a whole range of measures including physical health, life expectancy, earning potential and general well-being. For girls, education will mean that they are less likely to marry and bear children at a young age, be a victim of domestic violence, and suffer the extreme poverty that disproportionately affects women.
Losinoni Primary School started in 1975 with just 80 students. It now has close to 600. The youngest are the 4-5 year olds in ‘nursery school’ and the oldest are those in their final year of primary school, Standard 7. Many students walk over 3 miles in each direction to attend school each day, frequently doing so on an empty stomach. Making things even more difficult for the children, many suffer skeletal fluorosis because of the very high fluoride levels in the local water supply. The school currently has 12 teachers and class sizes are large.
AfricAid has been involved in a number of projects at Losinoni including classroom construction and renovation, provision of desks, building toilets, providing a computer and printer for staff use, and the highly successful school lunch program.
The school lunch program is critical to the success of Losinoni students and we are extremely grateful for your donation through Global Giving.
Basic computer skills are essential to the long-term success Kisa Scholars. Those who go on to tertiary study (university) will be required to submit their work electronically. Many Kisa topics, such as communication skills and building a portfolio, also require the use of a computer. As future leaders, it is essential that Kisa Scholars leave the program knowing how to use a computer and with basic knowledge of the Internet and social media. Kisa IT classes are taught by trained Kisa Mentors; the computer lab is also made available to the school for general IT classes so that the entire school community benefits.
The Kisa Curriculum, which focuses of leadership and life-skills, includes several lessons related to computers and the Internet. In Year 1, Kisa Scholars learn basic computer skills and are introduced to using the Internet as a research tool. For many it will be the first time they use a computer. Scholars also learn about the various social media platforms and how to use them effectively and safely. These will become important networking mediums for some Scholars. At the end of Year 2, Scholars learn how to write formal letters and are assisted to prepare a CV.
It is only with the support of generous donors like you that AfricAid are able to install computer labs in Kisa Partner Schools and ensure that Kisa Scholars are prepared to become leaders and role models in their communities. For Kisa Mentors, seeing the young women they teach become empowered to create brighter futures for themselves is an amazing experience. We at AfricAid are all extremely grateful to you for making this possible.
AfricAid’s Career Day women’s leadership conference is one of the premier events on the Kisa calendar, and a key component of the Project. Held annually, it is aimed at current Kisa Scholars as well as Kisa Alumni. Scholars from Kisa Partner Schools attend, along with their School Liaisons. The event is also attended by AfricAid staff, Board Members, and invited guests. Every second year Career Day takes the form of an overnight event, allowing for a more comprehensive program.
AfricAid organizes and provides transport, accommodation (for overnight events), meals, guest speakers, small group leaders, and venue hire. Participants also receive a t-shirt, notebook and pen, all of which are highly valued by Scholars!
In 2015 Career Day took place from the 28th to 29th of August at Tumaini University (Makumira), just outside of Arusha. There were a massive 800 participants in total!
Scholars arrived by bus from their respective schools on the afternoon of the 28th and settled in to their dormitories. That evening, they heard from adolescent relationship expert Dr. Chris Mauki, before having the opportunity to showcase their singing, dancing and other abilities to each other in a talent contest.
The next morning, participants heard the personal stories of three inspirational Tanzanian women, who spoke to the packed auditorium of girls about their own journeys to success, including the many challenges they faced, and how they were able to overcome them to achieve their goals. Our guests this year were well-known print media entrepreneur Emelda Mwamanga, banking executive Edna Kallape, and former domestic worker, women’s advocate and Queen’s Award recipient Angela Benedicto. The girls were completely in awe of these amazing women!
After lunch, Scholars broke into small groups, each of which was led by someone who had successfully pursued a career in an area of interest to Kisa Scholars. These included engineers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers, NGO sector professionals, journalists and a pilot. In addition to the guest speakers and small group sessions, awards were presented to outstanding Scholars and School Liaisons.
Feedback collected from Kisa Scholars shows they found the event inspiring and motivating and that it will help them to be more focused and better informed in choosing a career path. They also loved the opportunity to network and share ideas with their peers. For AfricAid staff, it was an exhausting couple of days, but well worth it! We’re delighted with the success of the event and really want to extend a massive thank you to our Global Giving supporters for your ongoing support of the Kisa Project! Your contribution to the Kisa Project is making a significant difference in the lives of young women in Tanzania.