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FUNDRAISING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF DORMITORIES FOR GIRLS IN MARUVANGO SECONDARY SCHOOL
Brief description of the organization and programs
Women’s Economy and Gender Support (WEGS) is a Tanzanian NGO working in grassroots communities to facilitate attainment of needs of women of different age segments (children, youths, adults) for their practical and strategic development. We focus on their issues related to Gender equality, Human rights and Economic empowerment; and seek solution through capacity building and dialogue.
WEGS, formally known as Baraza la Kuratibu na Kukuza Maendeleo na Mahusiano ya Jamii Kijinsia” translated as “Women’s Economic Groups Coordinating Council (WEGCC)”, was formed in 1998 and in 2008 complied with the law of NGOs of 2002 and granted number 0786. In 2019 the registrar of NGOs advised to change name due to similarities with that of the national NGOs umbrella. The organization was therefore named “Women’s Economy and Gender Support (WEGS)” and granted a certificate number 000100082 on 14Th January 2019. The office of WEGS is located within Nane Nane Agricultural show, Njiro, Arusha City, in Arusha region.
Access and participation of women in development processes are major issues on which WEGS has intervened and recorded positive impact. Some women in the intervention areas have been transformed form lacking access to resources; to owners and managers of resources and accrued benefits.
For girls who face similar challenges, WEGS implements advocacy program to promote their participation and engagement in education equally with boys. Capacity building to schoolgirls is integrated in the program to enable them champion their education rights and needs. This initiative has delivered good results in the areas of intervention where stakeholders have acknowledged provision of boarding facilities to ensure safety of schoolgirls and enable attend to school programs effectively. Dormitories have been constructed in some of the schools with critical need.
Problem to be addressed
Unequal participation and engagement of girls in education process.
Maruvango Secondary school is located in Arumeru district- Arusha region in the Northern Tanzania. It is a community school established in 2006, when the government has took steps to increase access to secondary education. This initiative committed communities to cooperate (co-funding) with the government in building secondary schools in every administrative ward.
Like most of community secondary schools, Maruvango Secondary School does not have boarding facilities to enable pupils attend to school programs smoothly. Lack of convenient means of transport in this rural area compel many pupils to walking up to 10 km daily to schools. This problem is more challenging to a girl child due to biological and social factors. Biologically long walking is difficult for girls especially during menstruation period therefore they might not to go to school throughout this time. Absence in school for 4 days on average every month (about 48 days/year) highly disengage girls in the process of education. Socially the school girls are not safe on their movements along unsecure routes in early morning and evening. They are exposed to risks of rape, sexual relationships at a tender age and early marriage leading to drop out from school and related consequences.
Furthermore, Maruvango secondary school is located nearer the Arusha National Park. However, pupils from furthest homesteads have to leave very early while it is still dark around 11.30 am, to catch with school schedule, the students are at risks of encountering with wild animals especially buffalo and elephant on their way to school which may endanger their lives.
Community members have been contributing towards classrooms which are on increasing demand since 2006.
- The key stakeholders (parents, school committee, leaders) have acknowledged provision of dormitory facilities as appropriate option to ensure safety for school girls and enable them attend school sessions effectively.
- One dormitory out of three required to accommodate 160 girls has been constructed for girls at Maruvango Secondary School.
- Dialogue with stakeholders (locally and externally) are in progress to explore possibilities for construction of the two dormitories.
Financial support to facilitate construction of two dormitories. The total cost of two dormitories is USD 117,000.These dormitories will have all the basic necessities such as toilets and washing place.
Long Term Impact
The long term impact of this fund is attainment of the national and global goals on gender equality and universal education. Nationally the fund will contribute to women development and gender policy to ensure that the gender perspective is mainstreamed into all policies, programmes and strategies; and child development policy whose mission is to provide children their rights, welfare and development. Globally the contribution is linked to goal number 4: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all; and goal number 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Help us to ensure safety for school girls.Update posted by Emmanuel Mwenera at 07:49 am
Although we still have a long journey to achieve the goal of this campaign, we thank you all who have been touched and supported this campaign through online and offline contribution. We continue requesting other people to support us. We believe that when we build dormitories for girl students, we