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Tanzania | Let Girls Learn | Secondary School Dormitory
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The secondary school is a co-ed public day school in the Iringa region of Tanzania. The school educates 350 students in ordinary level education; which includes all math,science and general subjects which are required to continue to higher education. This project is to build and maintain a Girls Dormitory for 100 female students ages 12-16, who travel long distances to school. This dormitory will increase the physical and mental safety of the students, and promote girls education and empowerment.
Many students walk up to 8km each way to school, causing exhaustion, truancy, illness, dropouts and increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, rape and pregnancy. Last year four girls were expelled for pregnancy. While it is difficult to know the exact number of HIV cases, the local clinic has confirmed that some students are receive ARV treatments; especially young girls. Academically the grade point average (GPA) of the students who live far away is over 50% lower than those living near by.
Last year, the secondary school administration proposed to build a Girls Dormitory. In October 2016 the dormitory project committee was formed, and includes the academic masters, several project oriented teachers, and a peace corps volunteer. Since then, the project committee has financially planned and organized the project, and continues to build project capacity skills as the dormitory begins construction.
The total cost will be $14,265.77. The community will contribute financially and through in-kind donations totaling to $4,265.77, and the grant will cover the remaining $10,000. The community has begun to bring materials, and the foundation should be completed by June, 2017. Once the funding has been received construction of the building will begin, to be completed by September 2017, so the students can move in before the new school year in January 2018. This project will increase the teachers capacities at school to organize and implement projects. The impacts of this project will be to immediately increase the girls health, safety and grades and to reduce student illness, sexual assault, sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy for the girls of all ages who are traveling from over 3km to school. These outcomes will create a larger, sustainable impact on the girls, the school and the community to empower the women to learn, succeed, and lead in their communities. Outcomes will be monitored by the project committee, supervised by the Matron who will be hired to live with the girls to maintain their safety and cleanliness. From the first day of school the girls will be able to increase their studies, and by the end of the year the rate of pregnancy, drop out, or sexually transmitted diseases will be reduced. Continued evaluation will be monitored by the project committee and school board of supervisors.
This project has been designed to expand access to education for girls in Tanzania as part of the Let Girls Learn Program. Learn more at letgirlslearn.peacecorps.gov.
Your contribution increases the impact of Ms. Hull, her fellow Peace Corps Volunteers, and their communities; and makes a brighter future possible for young women in Tanzania.