While secondary school fees were recently waived, there is still a cost for secondary education. Students carry the burden of purchasing desks, chairs, textbooks, uniforms, shoes, pencils and notebooks. Most village-based families are subsistence farmers and fishermen who do not have much additional money to cover the costs of educating their children. In addition, the education provided in government public schools has noted weaknesses - e.g., lack of resources, under-qualified teachers, etc.
Project Wezesha supports children by covering educational fees and providing additional study opportunities (e.g., academic study camps, tutoring, textbooks, and vocational training). For our students who are admitted into high school, we cover fees for laboratory use, boarding, and textbooks. As long as we can keep the students in school, the motivated among them will reach their goals and contribute to a stronger Tanzania, and thus a stronger global community.
The long-term impact of our scholarship program is a return on investment for the village and the country. The children are empowered with increased education. They develop their English language proficiency, which increases opportunities for work in various sectors (e.g. technology, education, tourism). Hopefully, they bring their big ideas from school back to the village where they can be game changers in their communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
Project Wezesha Facebook Page
Girls Education International website