Project #241 | Bridging the Educational Gap for Vulnerable Students in Tanzania
Our partnership with Asante Africa
In 2019, rural regions in Tanzania, such as Tanga, Kilimanjaro, and Arusha reported only 29% of rural girls successfully transitioned from primary to secondary education due to challenges such as economic insecurities, overcoming language barriers, and dealing with harmful cultural practices. The struggle to learn English and increased financial hardships lead to students falling behind in their learning and girls are removed from school to either help with household work or to be married off to alleviate the family’s financial burden. Asante Africa Foundation is seeking to build additional support for these transitioning rural Tanzanian students so that they have access to the same educational opportunities as their urban and affluent counterparts.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Asante Africa Foundation to bring to fruition the Bridging the Educational Gap program. This program ensured that Tanzanian students graduating from primary school successfully transition to secondary school and were equipped with the support they need to thrive in the classroom. This program provided 120 students with financial support, equip them with “Get Started Packages”, provided supplementary training in expected core academic competencies, and a one-year supply of hygiene products This package eliminated some of the financial barriers for their families.
Our Collective Impact
Female Students Supported
Get Started Packages Distributed
Meet Hadija From The Lushoto District
Hadija is a primary school student who has been part of Asante Africa Foundation’s Wezesha Vijana program. Having gone through the curriculum, which fosters health, economic, and social assets for adolescent girls so that they make healthier personal choices. During the pandemic, Hadija recognized her family’s need for income. Using her knowledge from her after-school program and support from her family, she started a farming enterprise that not only yielded produce for her family but also for selling at the market. With her income, Hadija was able to supplement her family’s income, while keeping herself in school and continuing her education. Asante Africa Foundation’s curriculum and after-school clubs gave Hadija the confidence and the knowledge to traverse the difficult pandemic closures.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to the fund below.