Project #275 | Bridging the Educational Gap, Phase II

Our partnership with Asante Africa Foundation

In rural areas of Tanzania, only 29% of girls transition from primary school to secondary school.  Tanzanian students face a unique challenge as the language of instruction shifts from Kiswahili to English in secondary school.  In more affluent urban settings, families with financial means frequently hire English tutors to assist with this transition.  In Tanga’s Lushoto District, the financial resources needed to enter secondary school – including English tutoring, books, uniforms and hygiene supplies – are considerably more than many rural families can afford.  These multiple barriers make access to secondary education prohibitive for a majority of low-income rural families in Lushoto.

One Day’s Wages partnered with Asante Africa Foundation to host an intensive 11-week preparatory camp for 156 rising secondary students in Lushoto.  During this second phase of the “Bridging the Educational Gap” program, camps were hosted in partnership with local school districts.  In addition to math and literacy lessons, students received hands-on training in digital technology, and mentorship from Phase One participants.  To lower the financial barriers to enrolling in secondary school, all students received “Get Started Packages” containing school uniforms, supplies and hygiene products.  As a result, the students had a 40% increase in English proficiency, and 97% were able to successfully transition into secondary school!

Our Collective Impact




Meet Marry

Education can be the difference between a hopeful future or continuing in the cycle of systemic oppression and poverty for girls in rural Tanzania. This was certainly true for Marry, who was almost married off while she was on holiday. But when Marry’s teachers learned of her situation, they advocated for her right to an education and her uncle agreed she could stay in school. After that, they connected her with Asante Africa Foundation.

Marry received the necessary skills from Asante Africa to transition into secondary school through Bridge the Gap, and is now a scholarship recipient so she can continue her education without barriers. Marry reflects:

“After all I went through, I cannot believe that I am finally in secondary school.”

Marry’s future is back on track.

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 our children’s education fund.

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