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.

At African Initiatives we provide girls with a safe place to sleep, study and socialise through the provision of dormitories right next to school. We engage key community members in the importance of girls’ education and the roles and responsibilities of parents and the wider community.

“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 2015

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 the project summary here

Girls Health Clubs in Secondary Schools

African Initiatives has been working with the Community Aid and Small Enterprises Consultancy (CASEC) in Tanzania since 2010. 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 here

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 here

Girls 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 here