Africa School Assistance Project is building a dormitory for 48 girls at one of our secondary schools in rural northern Tanzania so the girls have a protected place to live and study, thereby vastly improving their chances to complete a secondary school education. We must purchase educational resources for the girls at the school and dormitory, such as textbooks, computers, desks and science lab equipment.
2/3 of children in Tanzania are precluded from attending secondary school and girls are disproportionately affected. Conventional wisdom is that a dismal 5% of girls who begin secondary school actually graduate. Why? Many girls are victims of sexual assault, become pregnant and are forced to drop out of school. And, traditional culture often demands that burdensome chores at home fall to the girls, making it hard for girls to keep up with their studies and complete their education.
Our solution is to systematically develop holistic schools in rural regions of Tanzania for the purpose of expanding classroom access and building dormitories for girls, providing a safe haven for girls ages 14-17 to pursue their studies, offering them a chance at a quality secondary level education and healthy, economically prosperous lives.
The dormitory we are building at Idetemya this year will provide housing and other support services to 48 girls each year.
The benefits of secondary education for girls are indisputable. Girls who receive a secondary education will have higher family incomes, marry later, have fewer children and at an older age with lower infant mortality rates. Educated mothers immunize their children 50% more than mothers who are not educated. And, AIDS spreads twice as quickly among uneducated girls than among girls with some education. The long-term benefits to a community with educated girls is immeasurable.