The SEGA Girls School, for vulnerable girls funded by the US-based non-profit Nurturing Minds, is quickly gaining recognition as a model secondary school for poor girls in Tanzania. Our mission is to provide a second chance to girls who were forced to drop out of primary (elementary) school due to poverty. We recruit 30 new students for our remedial program each year and currently have 150 students on our residential campus.
Each year, the SEGA Girls School recuits 30 new students who typically have dropped out of primary (elementary) school due to poverty. This group is referred to as SEGA’s non-formal class as they must complete a remedial program and pass the Standard 7 exam in order to enter SEGA Secondary School Prorgam. Often these students are homeless, lack guardian and parental support, have been exposed to sexual and/or physical abuse and are destitute –lacking all hope for a bright future.
At the end of the day, when the teachers go home, and the lights go out, the SEGA Girls School Matron offers love, care and support to the girls on campus. Sometimes she may be woken up in the middle of the night with medical issues, or have to accompany students to testing during the day at the hospital (including for HIV+ students who need regular follow up on their CD4 count). The Matron arranges for medical exams, supervises the cooks in the kitchen, and knows each student’s hopes and dreams. She is of special comfort to younger, incoming students (ages 12-13 yr many of whom are orphaned) away from home for the first time.
Because of your generous gifts, we can continue to hire wonderful staff like the Matron. Thank you for continuing to give to the SEGA Girls School. For more information, please check out our website at www.nurturingmindsinafrica.org.