Hello Queens! It's #WomensHistoryMonth and we are ecstatic to share our newest education partnership with Nurturing Minds! Nurturing Minds is a US based non-profit that provides financial and technical support to Secondary Education for Girls Advancement (SEGA). For the last 10-years, their mission has been to improve access to quality education and life skills for girls in Tanzania, with a particular emphasis on girls who are poor, marginalized and at-risk of becoming involved in exploitative forms of child labor.
Currently, Nurturing Minds and SEGA achieve this through the development and support of the SEGA Girls School, a secondary school with the purpose to improve the quality of life for vulnerable Tanzanian girls. The majority of SEGA students were forced to drop-out of school due to extreme poverty, or were deemed at high risk of dropping out, but are bright and motivated. They have been selected from over 20 different communities throughout the country, half of the girls are orphans and come from families who can not afford the school fees necessary for them to enter secondary school. Due to their inability to pay for school many girls are forced to become child laborers to help support their family’s income. Thanks to SEGA these girls are now able to continue their studies. SEGA also provides girls with a single gender education, the benefits of which have been well documented and show girls’ academic performance, class participation and self-esteem all improve tremendously in this environment. In addition, girls with a secondary education have half as many children and earn four times more income than girls with a primary education alone.
The school uses a holistic approach including an academic program that follows the required Tanzanian government curriculum; entrepreneurship skills development; and a comprehensive personal development, life skills and leadership program called “Education for Life”, specially designed to address the needs of economically disadvantaged girls. Part of the Education for Life program addresses sexual reproductive health, HIV AIDs awareness and family planning. This program is designed to help girls avoid early pregnancy and early marriage, which are two of the main reasons that girls drop out of school in the community. The school also emphasizes environmental stewardship and is ran completely on solar power, has a rainwater catchment system, organic gardens and an anti-ivory club. Having a strong, holistic education will help girls escape exploitation and have the communication and leadership skills to stand up for themselves. SEGA aims to empower girls and give them the skills they need to become self-sufficient and break the cycle of poverty. Over time, SEGA’s goal is to improve education standards in Tanzania by becoming a model center for excellence for teaching, learning and leadership development.
SEGA was recently recognized as an Ashoka Changemaker School, which recognized the quality of their programs and positive outcomes for their students.
Afro is committed to promoting and investing in schools and organizations who are doing the groundwork across africa to advance girls education. Nurturing Minds SEGA's holistic approach to education ensures that Tanzanian girls complete free, equitable and quality education leading to relevant and effective learning and positive life outcomes. Find out more about Nurturing Minds SEGA Girls School and ways that you can support their organization by visiting www.nurturingmindsinafrica.org.