We recognise Tanzania’s population is the 10th youngest worldwide with 47% of Tanzania being under 15. Despite this, adolescent girls in Tanzania face a multitude of challenges while pursuing their education.
Adolescent girls that are not in school, are amongst the most at risk young people to exclusion, poverty and abuse. 44% of adolescent girls are mothers or pregnant by the age of 19 due to poor access to information and services for HIV prevention, family planning and protection. Those girls that are unmarried with children are frequently excluded by their families and communities, and more likely to resort to risky behaviour such as prostitution in an effort to provide for their children.
According to the World Bank, Tanzania Country Report Education Data from 2009, only 37% of girls’ progress to secondary school compared to 45% of boys, and are more likely to drop out before reaching secondary school. We are having different initiatives to solve the challenges as follows;
Mabinti Tushike Hatamu! (Girls Let's be Leaders!)
This project is a ground-breaking initiative that has been designed to test and evaluate strategies for reducing the vulnerability of
adolescent out of school girls aged 10-19 years old to HIV and AIDS, pregnancy and gender-based violence through youth to youth peer education, capacity building and effective referrals.
Currently the project is operating in three regions of Tanzania- Iringa, Mbeya and Dar es Salaam. The project will directly reach over 7,101 adolescent girls and a further 40,933 community members indirectly across all three regions of Tanzania. For more visit www.mabinti.org
project is designed to address the challenge of young people lacking the information and resources necessary to make healthy choices, including protection against HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the development of healthy relationships and limitations to access SRHR services.
This programme is implemented in different secondary schools in Iringa region through building capacity on SRHR to teachers and also uses a peer education model to teach the students. We also train the Heart Connection Tour students in using non formal education themselves e.g. music, to reach a larger number of students. Besides that, we organize events and forums whereby students and teachers are involved, to break the silence bridge the gap between teachers and students.
We are partnering with Help2kids to recruit Volunteer Peer Educators to deliver in school sessions on Comprehensive Sexuality Education. The young volunteers will be recruited from local communities to work in local schools. Find out more about Help2Kids here.