Asia Teaching Math
Greetings Girls Ed Supporters!
As we approach our celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) we have a lot to celebrate!
Enhancing our Social Media Presence
In small news, we finally joined the masses on Instagram. Find us and Follow us: @girls_education_international
From School to Career, Students to Teachers – Congrats to Asia and Sada!
After completing secondary school and participating in several academic study camps, seven of the young women we support elected to pursue a certificate in Nursery School Education. In Fall 2019, they completed their studies. Between October and January, several of them have been hired as teachers in local schools! The first was Lois, and we reported on her through GlobalGiving and on our blog in November. You can read about her here.
Now we’d like to share updates about Asia and Sada. Both of these young women were hired by Rauf Islamic Pre- and Primary School, which is located in Ujiji, a town neighboring Kigoma.
In the attached video, you’ll hear Sada responding to Lucas’s questions in an interview recorded in her classroom. The interview was conducted in Swahili. Here is a rough translation of Sada’s responses:
Sada works at Rauf Islamic Primary School. She teaches nursery school. She also teaches standard 6 (grade 6). She is bringing home a salary of about 100,000 Tanzanian shillings ($43 USD) per month. With this money, she pays rent (for her room in Ujiji) and the rest she saves for her future studies. She wants to continue to study and pursue a diploma in Education. She really enjoys teaching and the children like her. Her parents are very happy that she has a job. She said they still can’t believe it. To supporters, she says thank you so much for the support and wishes you all a long life. She also requests continued support for all the young women so they can reach their goals (to pursue degrees). Her ultimate goal is to one day be a school administrator.
Asia also works at Rauf Islamic Primary School. She teaches a gardening class, reading and math. The photos and video show her working with young learners who are identifying and naming numbers in English. She is thrilled about her new job, as are her parents. Asia and Sada are also delighted to be working at the same school!
These young women are a testament to the impact of education on life and community in Tanzania. In Tanzania, young women like Sada and Asia – who both come from villages surrounding Kigoma town – would likely be married and perhaps with children by this age. Thanks to the support of Girls Education International, they completed secondary school, they attended multiple academic study camps, they performed well on national exams, and successfully completed certificate programs to become nursery school teachers! Now they are happily employed, inspired, and motivated to keep learning and see how they can grow in their teacher roles. When they are ready to marry and become mothers, they will do so with a solid educational foundation that will inform the decisions they make as teachers, wives, mothers, and members of their society!
International Women's Day -- Girl Fund Campaign. Join Us!
Girls Education International is part of GlobalGiving’s Girl Fund Campaign. Please join us for a celebration of International Women’s Day as we strive to raise $9,000 – our annual budget for the work we do with our partner, Bedari, in Pakistan. Similar to our work in Tanzania, the work we support in Pakistan is creating the future teachers, nurses, and educated mothers of the country. The campaign runs from midnight on Friday March 6th through midnight on March 13th. To celebrate International Women’s Day, GlobalGiving is giving out $15,000 in bonus prizes during the first 24 hours of the campaign! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information! You can donate to our campaign here.
Thank you for all you do to support Girls Ed so we can continue to support the young women of Pakistan and Tanzania!
The Girls Ed Team
Sada Teaching in Primary School
Asia with her reading books
Asia teaching numbers in English