Engisoma Ngorongoro (Educate) is a three-year project (2016-2019) funded by an anonymous donor, working in two secondary schools (Emanyata; Soitsambu) and two primary schools (Mondorosi; Mairowa) in Loliondo Division, Ngorongoro district, northern Tanzania. Implemented by our long-term partner the Pastoral Women’s Council, the project’s goal is to improve secondary school transition and the quality of formal education for pastoralist and agro-pastoralist girls and boys in Ngorongoro district.
In terms of ‘quality of education’, Engisoma focusses on:
a) Processes – that is well-trained teachers who are trained and supervised to use child-centred teaching approaches in well-managed classrooms and appropriate assessment to facilitate learning;
b) Environment – by contributing to building healthier, safer schools and classrooms, and by providing teaching and learning resources and facilities.
In Tanzania, there are one million children aged 7 to 13 who are not in school. Girls, the poorest children, children with disabilities and children living in under served communities are most vulnerable of dropping out of school or not being enrolled in school in the first place. Transition between primary and secondary education is a particular barrier African Initiatives works to address. For Iragw, Maasai and other pastoralist children, the barriers to accessing secondary education are huge – less than half of pastoralist children make the transition – and girls are even less likely than boys to make it.