Africa Schoolhouse's newest project is an all-girls boarding school, the first in the Misungwi District. This school will allow 420 girls to receive and complete their secondary education in a safe, nurturing environment. In addition to the standard Tanzanian academic curriculum and teachers, the school will also promote leadership, STEM, entrepreneurship, social justice and care for the environment. $33,000 will help us renovate and modernize two classrooms, and let 100 girls start schooling.
Only 1% of girls complete secondary school education in Tanzania. The Misungwi District has 400,000 inhabitants, yet secondary education is only available to 3788 girls each year. In addition to a lack of school options for girls, safe passage to and from is a critical issue, especially in rural areas. Safety is a critical issue for the many girls who travel long distances to get to and from school every day. It is not uncommon for them to be sexually assaulted. These girls are voiceless.
Traditionally, girls have not had the same level of opportunity to complete secondary education as boys in Tanzania. Currently, there are many more options and spaces for boys than girls. In partnership with Misungwi District, we will build a sustainable, all-girls secondary boarding school for 420 girls every year who would otherwise not have access to education. They will not have to travel to and from school and will have a safe place to focus on their studies and futures.
A UNESCO report from 2013 reported that secondary education for girls reduces child marriages by 64% and reduces early birth by 59%. In the United Republic of Tanzania, a secondary education reduces extreme poverty by 60%. In addition, as with all of our projects, we also will build a deep underground well which will provide clean water to students and to thousands of members of the community year after year.