Neema Foundation School.
Neema Foundation is working on building a boarding school (a special inclusive boarding school for girls). This school will be a vehicle to carry out Neema’s Legacy and at the same time a special tool to rescue vulnerable girls. Neema Foundation project will enhance Neema’s Legacy, and therefore, Neema’s Legacy will be a mirror to lead everyone involved throughout the process of helping to educate poor and underprivileged girls. One girl at a time! We need your support and help!
Our expectation is to achieve this goal and use this school as a tool to remove barriers to girls' education and help them get primary school education. We are joining efforts of other organizations and our organization is targeting girls (Standard one; from 5 and 6 years to Standard seven; ages 12 and 13 year old girls) who are at the compulsory school age of primary school level. The location of our project; Neema Foundation School will be very far from our office in Dares-salaam. We have chosen the rural and remote southern Tanzania because in comparison with other regions, this region is very poor with fewer economic activity. The desired area is in the region of Mtwara (Map of Tanzania & Mtwara).
The very fundamental reasons.
1.Primary education is the basic and foremost right to every child. Its availability and provision is not only the responsibility of state but parents and households and other stakeholders who are passionate about children and education development. However, due to factors associated with poverty many parents from the selected area are unable to take responsibilities of educating their children and in particular girls.
It’s an incredible opportunity for other stakeholders, organizations and individuals who are happy to make a difference in childrens' lives to step in and support the government. It is also fundamentally important to understand that primary education brings awareness among the masses, opens avenues for opportunities as well as self-advancement and improvement and reduces chronicle and inter-generational poverty. As a first step in the creation of welfare and justice in society, universal primary education is an absolute prerequisite for sustainable development.
2. Girls' drop out rates increase in Tanzania due to pregnancies.
By: Knollegga Walubengo
According to the former minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa a total of 5,157 girls dropped out of primary schools due to pregnancies last calendar year; while the number of girls in secondary schools has decreased from 48 to 45 percent. Besides other challenges that the government is facing in terms of providing education to girls, they are also struggling with helping pregnant girls continue with schooling. Unlike developed countries like the United States, Britain and others where they have continuation schools, Tanzania does not have that therefore they let the girls seek secondary education by registering as private candidates. One point that the then minister mentioned that we find very relevant is the educating of the community about the dangers of early pregnancies.
Canadian number: 76288 1712 BC0001.
Tanzanian number: NOOONGO/00004827.
She said that early pregnancies affect the girls physically, psychologically and emotionally. On top of early pregnancies, statistics show that one out of three girls get married before they reach the age of 18. The government seems to be taking an initiative with the help of outside agencies to talk the issue of early pregnancies and make sure that the girls are given an equal opportunity in education. Incredible, the foundation's future forward is to help the girls and give support to the struggling government.
3. Girls with disabilites are among the world's most marginalised groups in society, resulting from social norms and cultural bias around gender and disability.
Neema Foundation is joining the Government (United Republic of Tanzania) to meet the need of underprivileged and poor children and pay attention to girls, the UN and other organizations to advocate and help reduce barriers to girls' education.
Because educated girls can make informed choices – from a far better range of options – educating girls saves lives and builds stronger families, communities, and economies.
Education is a powerful tool, in particularly primary education and therefore uniquely positioned to serve as a powerful catalyst for change.
Change is the important word, and children in the selected area need to know that change is coming to them because Neema Foundation is targeting children (girls) from rural and remote areas including their area. Neema Foundation recognises the challenges that girls with disabilities and their families are confronted with on a daily basis. We take pride of getting involved. We will do everything we can to alleviate the obstacles, improve quality of life and empower girls with disabilities to fulfill their potential. Providing accomodations for girls with disabilites is a large part of ensuring equal access to education and providing an enjoyable primary education experience.
Outreach work and adult education.
Continue the process of educating the rural and poor community the importance of education to their children, especially girls. Some parents do not take the education of their children seriously. They need to be educated and encouraged to take their children to school at an early age especially girls. Neema Foundation School will build two classrooms for kindergarteners to be a part of this program.
Clean and safe water.
In this part of the country water is a big problem in terms of availability, so Neema Foundation will try to look at that problem and try to solve it.
Health (clinic) services.
In this part of the country health services are another big problem in terms of availability, Neema Foundation will try to look at that problem and if it could be solved.
(A pilot project for standard seven leavers who did not get the opportunity to go through secondary school education)
To provide life skills to help exiting standard seven students to fit into their communities with valuable skills, especially those who failed secondary school entry exams.