Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania

by Girls Education International
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Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
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Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Post-Secondary Education for Students in Tanzania
Our students
Our students

Greetings friends and supporters of Project Wezesha,

Thank you so much for your generous support of our scholarship program to support students attending secondary school in Western Tanzania. We have some exciting updates to share about the program!

First, as we announced in March, four of our girls graduated last October. Now, Silvesia, Hindu, Edina and Khadija are starting classes at the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA). The girls are going to board on site, which is safer and ensures that they can remain focused on their educational and career goals. The decision to continue our support beyond secondary school was reached through discussions with the students about the 'reality' of secondary school in the villages. The percentage of students who graduate secondary school with scores high enough to earn them admission to high school is below 10%. We don't want the last day of secondary school to be the last day of formal education for our students, so we decided to continue supporting them, if they so desire, through additional professional training so that they can support their families in the future. So far, they have all been enthusiastic about continuing their education.

Another exciting announcement is that Project Wezesha has its first intern! The bright, motivated Katy Lindquist of Colby College in Maine traveled to Tanzania in May. She was greeted at the airport by Lucas and has settled in with our friends Jane and Ashahadu in the village of Mgaraganza. Katy and Lucas have already done amazing, important work to reshape our scholarship program. They have been working with the village leaders to create a Scholarship Committee charged with reviewing applications and selecting new recipients. In addition, a new application process is being put in place so that the students are invested in the process and have an increased sense of responsibility for their learning and their spot in the program. Previously, the selection was primarily need-based, but now we are asking the students to demonstrate their commitment.

We also want to highlight the recent contribution of first year medical students at the University of Texas at Austin. With the guidance of their mentor, Dr. Oakes, these students pulled together several fundraising efforts to raise $15,000 for Project Wezesha - most of which will fund the building of Amahoro Secondary School, but a large portion of which will help us grow our scholarship program and support the girls at VETA.

Speaking of growing our scholarship program, the new Scholarship Committee will be put to work this very summer as we add 13 new students to our roster! Five of these new students will be supported by the Amani Hope Scholarship Fund - a new partnership that we announced in March. We are delighted to be able to add so many new students this year!

Please be sure to check in on our Facebook page and read the blog on our website. I'll be traveling to Kigoma on July 11th to join Katy and Lucas to continue our work. The pictures, videos and notes from the field will be flowing as much as the spotty electricity in town allows!

With much love and gratitude,
Asante sana!

Rai Farrelly and Lucas Lameck
co-founders, Project Wezesha

Scholarship Recipient - Amosi
Scholarship Recipient - Amosi
Scholarship Recipient - France
Scholarship Recipient - France

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Scholarship Students and co-founder, Lucas Lameck
Scholarship Students and co-founder, Lucas Lameck

Greetings supporters of Project Wezesha - a partner of Girls Education International!

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed in the past year to support our secondary school students in Western Tanzania. This year was an exciting year! Four of our students graduated from secondary school in October! We invite you to join us in celebrating with Hindu, Edina, Khadija and Silvesia on this wonderful accomplishment!

Many girls in this region don't have the opportunity to attend secondary school - let alone graduate and explore further opportunities supported by their education! All four of these young women are eagerly awaiting July when co-founders Lucas and Rai will enroll them at the Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA). In this program, they will be able to study from a range of fields, including computer science, business management and tailoring. We look forward to sharing their stories in the future.

The rest of the students are working hard to maintain good grades, even when faced with the challenge of inadequate resources and class sizes ranging from 60-90 students per teacher. They know that it requires more motivation and investment on their part. Each of them has big dreams and we hope to see them all graduate and move on to the next level - VETA or high school - so that they can become productive contributors to their local (and global) communities.

We recently received some exciting news! We were selected by Authentic Fashion Resistance (AFR), a clothing company dedicated to providing support to children in various parts of Africa. The founder discovered Project Wezesha online. After a few conversations to make sure our values and approach to empowerment and development aligned, Project Wezesha was selected as the first partner for the Amani Hope Scholarship Fund. Through this alliance, AFR will provide support to add an additional 5 students to our scholarship program. The final selection will be made this summer and these student will be supported through Project Wezesha as part of the Amani Hope Scholarship Fund. We're excited to announce who has been selected in July! In addition to these students, Project Wezesha hopes to add additional students to bring our total up to 20 students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Thank you so much for all of your contributions and support. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and spread the word!

Asante,

Team Project Wezesha
Lucas Lameck and Rai Farrelly

Khadija and Edina - 2 of our Graduates with Rai
Khadija and Edina - 2 of our Graduates with Rai
Hindu - A Proud Graduate
Hindu - A Proud Graduate
Silvesia - A Proud Graduate
Silvesia - A Proud Graduate

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Location: Boulder, CO - USA
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Project Leader:
Rai Farrelly
Co-Founder, Project Wezesha; Executive Director, Girls Education International
Boulder, CO United States
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