Supporting girls to attend Secondary School can change a young woman’s life. It is proven that girls who receive an education are more likely to become more successful, community leaders and able to support her family’s livelihood. Cultural and economic barriers result in many girls not being able to attend Secondary School. The loss of education and opportunity leaves many young women to a life of absolute poverty.
In The Guardian’s recent article, Adolescent girls: the key to ending poverty? Global development experts share their thoughts as to the importance of girl empowerment:
“Girls are out of sight and of mind: Of the world's 130 million out-of-school youth, 70% are girls, and nearly half of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls 15 and younger.”
“Investing in adolescent girls is both the smart thing to do and the right thing to do: Adolescence is a critical time. If supported during this stage, a young girl is likely to marry later, have less children and invest more money into her family and community.”
Your support not only changes the life of one girl but also plays a role in girl empowerment and ending poverty.
In Tanzania the mean student to teacher ratio in primary school is 58 to 1. Well-trained teachers are needed in order for students to receive quality education they need to succeed. With TIA workshops teachers will be educated on best-practice teaching methods, such as how to engage students in creative and innovative ways. This is very different from the usual form of teaching in Tanzania which involves lecturing, memorization and standardized tests. In 2012 61% of students who took the National Form Four exams failed, proving that the current teaching methods are not working. Remote memorization does not encourage learning but instead is tailored for students to memorize content in order to take a test. Education is highly-valued to many students in Africa. The quality students receive is unacceptable and they deserve teachers who are driven to provide the proper education they deserve. By supporting the TIA program, you are training teachers throughout the country who are passionate to make a difference in the education of students in Tanzania.
I am pleased to let you know that we are continuing to make a difference at eleven schools in Tanzania where we supply textbooks including our nine Kisa Project partner secondary schools and two primary schools, Upendo in Usa River and Losononi, a rural Maasai school.
As AfricAid’s interim executive director I spent two weeks in Tanzania in September and was able to see firsthand how important the textbooks are for students in Tanzania. When I first visited the country in 2011, I was shocked by the lack of materials and textbooks. It is a relief to know that students at these schools have appropriate textbooks that they can take home to study and work with during group lessons at school.
I spent several days working at Upendo School and I can tell you that the students and teachers were thrilled with the delivery of new textbooks. The children highly anticipated the chance to use them, as they love to learn and enjoy reading so much. Thank you for your support in improving the quality of education for so many students. We appreciate your generosity!