Girls’ Education

We believe that girls have a right to education and that when girls are educated, everyone benefits. Poor families often struggle to send their children to secondary school and many parents see no value in educating their daughter when she will soon be married off. Girls living in pastoralist communities are particularly at risk – their drop-out rates and poor performance are made worse by family displacement, initiation ceremonies (Esoto), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and early and forced marriage (EFM).

Working with our community-based partners, we provide girls with a safe place to sleep, study and socialise through the provision of onsite dormitories. We engage key community members in the importance of girls’ education and the roles and responsibilities of parents and the wider community.

Our Projects

Equal Rights to Quality Education

In Tanzania there are a million children aged 7 to 13 who are not in school and many do not acquire basic skills of literacy and numeracy. This 5 year (2014- 2019) £1 million project funded by Comic Relief, aims to improve access to education, teacher training and quality of education; governance of schools; and transition from primary to secondary schools in some of the most marginalised communities in Northern Tanzania. Read more about the project


Engisoma is a three-year project, funded by an anonymous donor, working in two secondary schools (Emanyata; Soitsambu) and two primary schools (Mondorosi; Mairowa) in Loliondo Division, Ngorongoro districts, northern Tanzania. Implemented by our long-term partner Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC), the project’s goal is to improve the quality of teaching, in addition to improving transition rates. This year, Emanyatta Secondary School was ranked third in the district and Soitsambu Secondary School was ranked second. In May, Mairowa Primary School hosted a teacher training session; one aim was to support primary school teachers implementing the new ministerial curriculum, which stresses the importance of students’ involvement in classroom activities, thorough and inclusive lesson planning and the use of formal and informal assessment tools to support learning.

Beacon Schools

In October 2017, we launched a three-year Beacon Schools project with Joshua Foundation which develops and supports decentralised primary school teacher training in seven schools in three districts in northern Tanzania. This project also aims to improve basic literacy and numeracy. Joshua Foundation works to embed child safeguarding across project schools and to make them more inclusive towards students with physical impairments. In its first year, the Beacon Schools project reached 2,869 children, 1,301 of whom are girls. Also, 66 teachers received training which has resulted in greater involvement and participation of girls and boys in the classroom, improved classroom management, increased utilisation of positive disciplinary action and reduced use of corporeal punishment.

Hope of a Girl Child

Launched in April 2018 and focussed within Longido and Monduli districts, this four-year project in partnership with the Community Research and Development Services (CORDS) is funded by The Banyan Tree Foundation. It aims to improve the perceptions and attitudes of husbands, parents and communities towards out-of-school girls’ right to an education. Additional outcomes include the provision of a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment in project schools and education centres, satisfactory school attendance and supporting government officials to promote girls’ education. Read more about the project

Girls' Scholarships

Since 2014, working in partnership with the Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC), we have funded 68 girls for a four-year scholarship in secondary education at Emanyata School. These girls have the choice of either academic or vocational training, not only advancing business and literacy skills but also diminishing negative and harmful cultural practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM), early and forced marriage, and gender based violence, whilst retaining and promoting the positive aspects of Maasai culture. This project focusses on improving gender inequality by empowering girls to exercise their right to an education as well as reducing unplanned pregnancies.

Examples of Previous Projects

Girls Health Clubs in Secondary Schools

In partnership with the Community Aid and Small Enterprises Consultancy (CASEC), We work with fourteen secondary schools in Arusha (around 7,000 students each year) to develop Health Clubs. The sessions provide a space to learn about issues surrounding HIV & AIDS in a no-taboos setting, but they have become a lot more than this. Students at Oloirien School for example, have dug a vegetable garden which provides food for the whole school, including those students who could not afford lunch in the past. Read the project summary

Song and Dance

Between September 2011 and August 2014, we ran a project called ‘Song and Dance’ in which traditional song and dance techniques were used to inform girls, their schools, parents and key community members of the importance of education. Read the project summary

School Dormitories

Between August 2011 and February 2015, we ran a project to help build safe dormitories keeping girls safe at night during school term time. Along with our partner, we mobilised local communities to help build these houses. Read the project summary

“I hope that once I become a teacher, they will begin to appreciate the benefit of education for girls, because if you educate one girl, you give a light to the whole community, as what we learn first, we learn from our mothers.”
– Nabulu Karia, Girls Club member