2013 was a great year for our work in Tanzania. AfricAid has installed nine low cost computer labs serving over 8,000 students! These computer labs are making a tremendous impact in the lives of these students. The world is becoming increasingly dependant upon access to such technology for business and social purposes. Most Tanzanians have never used a computer. After completion of their studies, they join the work force as a young adult and often have a difficult time learning how to use a computer while simutaneously producing quality work. Basic computer skills such as typing and use of Microsoft products is extremely important in almost any business. If more schools in Tanzania have computer labs students will be more prepared for their careers in the future. Many of AfricAid's partnering Kisa schools also provide limited access to the internet at the computer labs, giving students the ability to tap into the knowledge and potential of the World Wide Web! AfricAid is utilizing this by facilitating cross cultural dialogue between students in Tanzania and students and sponsors in the United States. This dialogue helps both parties share, grow and learn together!
Happy Holidays Kisa supporters! 2013 has been a wonderful year for AfricAid's Kisa Project. Let's take a look at what we have accomplished since Kisa began.
The first two Kisa classes have now graduated from secondary school.
The Kisa graduation rate was 94%, in a country in which only 5% of girls graduate from secondary school, and where each year of secondary school completed adds 20% to a girls’ eventual wages.
Since graduation, these first two classes if girls have mentored over 1,000 other young girls in their home communities, giving them critical lessons in life skills, leadership, and entrepreneurship, in a supportive community environment.
91% of our graduated Kisa scholars are going on to university or another form of post-secondary training, in a country in which less than 1% of women have any training/education post secondary school.
Currently, there are 250 Kisa Scholars enrolled in the program, with another 250 young women expected to join the Kisa Project in 2014.
None of this could have been possible without Kisa's amazing supporters!! Thank you all so very much and have a wonderful holiday season.
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."