Aug 29, 2019

And They're Off to High School!

Collecting Supplies before Heading to High School
Collecting Supplies before Heading to High School

Dear Girls Ed Supporters, 

We are thrilled about the size of our newest cohort of high school students. It is the largest group of young women supported by Girls Ed to pass national exams and qualify for entrance into Form 6. Thank you so much for your support in making it possible for them to pursue post-secondary education!

This group picture was taken outside of the Project Wezesha office in Kigoma, Tanzania the day the Girls Education International participant came to pick up their school supplies as they prepare for their first year of high school. This is a group of students supported through both Girls Education International and our partner, Project Wezesha.

In the picture, from left to right, including the student’s high school’s course of study:

  • Sarafina chemistry, biology, and geography
  • Sania  history, Swahili, and English language
  • Saiditi, chemistry, biology, and geography
  • Remence chemistry, biology, and geography
  • Sadija  history, Swahili, and English 
  • Hadija   history, geography, and English language 
  • Marselina history, geography, and English language
  • Hekima history, geography, and English language
  • Mayani chemistry, biology, and geography

Three participants are not pictured:

  • Bernadeta  history, geography, and English language
  • Secila  history, geography, and English language
  • Hamisi physics, chemistry, and biology 

Celebrating Remence -- an Aspiring Doctor!

Remence was welcomed as a Girls Education International participant in 2014.   Since then, she has attended four study camps where she actively participated and engaged in learning opportunities with her peers. Upon completing Form 4 at Mungonya Secondary School, Remence passed the 2019 Tanzanian national exams, earning the second highest division possible.  As a result, Remence will attend high school where she will study chemistry, biology, and geography. This course of study is intended to be the foundation upon which she will pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.  

In class, Remence is a chatterbox, participating when she’s confident in her answer and taking guesses when she’s unsure.  She volunteers to lead classroom debates and happily assumes the lead role when the class is reading a play aloud. She is friendly to all around her. She is the first to engage in conversation with classroom visitors and can be seen from across the school yard as a result of her always present ear-to-ear smile.  She is dedicated to her studies and determined to become a doctor.  

Her work ethic and intellectual capacity are outstanding, however, in the context of her life, it becomes increasingly evident that Remence is indeed a remarkable young woman. Remence is an orphan. She lost both of her parents to HIV-AIDS. She lives with her aunt and grandmother, both of whom are not formally educated and therefore are unable to help Remence navigate the school system.  On a home visit during which Girls Education International staff conducted interviews with participants’ guardians, Remence’s family was not interested in supporting her schooling. Consequently, Remence relies heavily on her intrinsic motivations and guidance from Girls Education International staff.

We are humbled to know that Remence and students like her have access to education that would otherwise be inaccessible because of Girls Education International and its supporters.  We wish all of our new high school students luck as they begin the next phase of their academic careers.

International Day of the Girl Child

Please stay tuned to learn more about programs Girls Education International will be offering in honor of the International Day of the Girl Child, October 11, 2019.

Please share this update with your network -- your friends, family, students, and colleagues. The more support these young women have, the more they will be able to accomplish in the long run. "Invest in a Girl, Change the World." 

With gratitude, 

Kate Schelbe
& The Girls Ed Team

Remence - An Aspiring Doctor
Remence - An Aspiring Doctor
Remence with classmates during study camp
Remence with classmates during study camp
Remence taking notes during study camp
Remence taking notes during study camp
Remence explaining an English assignment to a peer
Remence explaining an English assignment to a peer
Aug 29, 2019

Our Final Study Camp - Yet Another Success!

Nursery School Teacher Certificate Students
Nursery School Teacher Certificate Students

Dear Girls Ed and Project Wezesha Supporters, 

In June 2019, we had our last study camp for a while. The final cohort of Form 4 students completed another rigorous 4-week camp this summer. The main focus for this group was the upcoming national exams that they will take on October 1st, 2019. As with former cohorts, the hope is for high results on the exams so that we can see them off to Form 6 – High School!

As with previous camps, the day consisted of early starts, a review of all subject areas core to their secondary studies, hands-on practice in the science labs, evening homework and student-led seminars, and then a feast before bed.

We continue to extend our gratitude to the administrator and teachers at Kichangachui Secondary School in Ujiji who contribute their time, expertise, and space so that our students – who study in various different and often remote villages – can be together to focus, study, and depend on each other.

This month, some of our former campers are moving into the next phase of their academic adventures. Several of our Girls Education International students will be starting programs through the Vocation and Education Training Authority (VETA). They have submitted their applications for admission and will have interviews and entrance exams in the beginning of October.

We also have several students from our successful camps who started high school in July! A cohort of girls who completed study camps in June 2018 are continuing with their certificate programs to become nursery school teachers. In addition, one of our bright young women is starting her second year in a certificate program to become a nurse – way to go Adija!

Finally, a few of our ‘rock stars’ who have formerly volunteered as teachers in our study camp are completing their University studies this year. Dibeit, Tumsifu and Saidi are beginning their third year this month and will graduate next May. We couldn’t be more proud! 

Our decision to launch study camps years ago was one of the best ‘growth moments’ for Girls Education International and Project Wezesha. The impact of these intensive study camps has been undeniable, resulting in higher success rates on national exams, more students going on to high school, and an increased sense of responsibility as well as hope for the future in our young scholars!

Thank you for all of your support over the years. We hope you’ll continue to support our students in the next phases of their lives by contributing to our campaign to Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania. 

Lastly, I want to give a big heartfelt ‘Asante sana!’ to Lucas and Madaga who are at the heart of what makes everything we do successful. They manage, coordinate, and track students; they boost the energy and motivation of the campers; they foster trust among the families; they sustain engagement among the teachers; and they bring humor and kindness to all their interactions. The whole team works together like a family with great care and dedication. We are blessed to have such a great group!

With Gratitude, 

Rai Farrelly
& The Girls Ed and Project Wezesha Teams

Students in June 2019 Study Camp
Students in June 2019 Study Camp
Students in a Literature Course at Study Camp
Students in a Literature Course at Study Camp
June 2019 Study Camp Students outside Science Lab
June 2019 Study Camp Students outside Science Lab
2019 High School Bound Students
2019 High School Bound Students
Dibeit Stocking Medical Supplies - Field Placement
Dibeit Stocking Medical Supplies - Field Placement
Aug 27, 2019

October - an International Day of the girl!

Recently I came upon a quiz that listed and ranked different activities that individuals, companies or policy makers can take to lead a greener life, ways we can all reduce the damaging impact we often have on our planet and curb the climate change. Among some obvious and less obvious solutions, there was “increase access to family planning’ and “educate girls”. In fact controlling our population growth, giving women choices for family planning and education are the only two solutions that are directly tied for total projected emissions reductions (quiz link below). 

Girl’s Education International is committed to giving women equal access to choices in life. The mission of Girls Education International is to expand and support educational opportunities for underserved girls and women in remote and undeveloped regions of the world. That’s exactly what we are able to do with your generous support in 5 remote villages of Pakistan. Together with our partner organization in Pakistan, Bedari, we pay for transportation and fees for 60 girls who most likely wouldn’t have an opportunity to further their education beyond the first few grades that their villages provide. The impact that this might have on these young women is profound. Our attention to them literally changes their lives. What a privilege we have to have this kind of an opportunity. 

Below are some words from our students directly, connected by Bedari representatives in the field. 

15 year old Alishba, when asked how has her education helped her become independent, said: “I have tried to use my education to make myself independent. One example of this is that I now tutor small children to earn money so that I can attain further education”. When the same question was asked of Areena from the same village, she responded: “Since I am educated, I don’t owe anything to anyone and can differentiate between the good choices from the bad". When asked about their future plans with regards to education, work, marriage and independence, Alishba said that she wanted to be a doctor so that she can help treat people of the village, which Areena wants to have a job, so she can support her parents. 15 year old Muneeba from a neighboring village said that education has given her ambition and her biggest goal is to be independent and gain respect. 

These are the words that remind us to send our greatest gratitude to you, the avid supporters of Girls Education. Thank you!

Please don’t forget that October 11th is the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face around the world, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. 

We hope this month brings to all of us our renewed commitment to this cause!

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