The SEGA Girls School offers a high quality secondary education that fosters the development of strong values, healthy self-esteem and independent thinking skills among its students.
A center of excellence for teaching, learning and leadership development, the SEGA Girls School empowers vulnerable girls to provide for themselves and lead fulfilling lives after school.
At the SEGA Girls School, qualified teachers trained in participatory teaching methods deliver the national Tanzanian curriculum. Class sizes are limited to 35 students and classrooms are well equipped.
- In 2013-14, 100% of the Standard VII students passed their exam that allows them to progress into Form 1 of the Secondary School, compared with 54% of students nationally.
- In 2014-15, 100% of our Form 2 students passed the national exam, and the SEGA Girls School achieved quality status among schools in their zone (one of 13 zones in Tanzania). Considering the challenging lives of these girls prior to joining the program, this is a remarkable achievement.
- With two graduating classes (2013 & 2014) of approximately 56 students, 11 are enrolled in advanced education programs, funded by SEGA; 14 attend other educational programs; 22 of the 2104 class await academic placements; and 3 have paying jobs (several have started their own businesses).
- In 2016, 100% of SEGA’s Standard 7 class passed their Standard 7 national exams!
Welcome Form 6
Our Education for Life program focuses on life skills and leadership training. Typical of youths from highly disadvantaged backgrounds, our girls often arrive on campus suffering from very low self-esteem. Addressing this issue is an important component of the SEGA Girls School education program, which works to build our students’ confidence and leadership skills.
The program includes:
- Diverse and stimulating extracurricular activities, including sports, art club, drama and music.
- Community outreach and social responsibility opportunities, including visiting orphanages and homes for the disabled and elderly.
- Healthy living education focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness and early pregnancy prevention.
- Career counseling, especially in Form 4 as many students prepare to leave school.
- Morning assembly allows students to practice their public speaking skills.
Recently a student who initially was especially quiet and lacked confidence, stated, “Before, if I thought about standing in front of the entire school and reading something in English, I would have been terrified and would have said no and would have run away from it. But now, I can do it!”
Female Empowerment Course
Communication and Development volunteer, Katie, has developed a Female Empowerment course including curriculum from Peace Corps and Girl Rising. The course focuses on gender equality and the power of the girl. Weekly students present a “Woman of the Week” featuring a strong female role model, discuss gender roles, learn about girls all over the world, and talk about what it means to be an empowered girl.
Business Skills and Entrepreneurship
The SEGA Girls School is developing school-run businesses that:
- Improve the quality of education and the students’ future employability by providing practical training in business and entrepreneurship; and
- generate income that contributes towards our eventual long-term financial sustainability.
Kilakala Secondary and Advanced-Level School Visit
Form 4 students took a trip to Kilakala Secondary and Advanced-Level School on Saturday. They met with Form 5 and Form 6 students (aka A-Level) there. The academic prefect at Kilakala spoke about what Kilakala has to offer its students, and spoke about the curriculum combinations its offers. In Advanced-Levels, there are concentration combinations that you choose to study in, such as Physics/Chemistry/Biology (PCB), Physics/Chemistry/Math (PCM), Chemistry/Biology/Geography (CBG), and History/Geography/Language (HGL). A student from each combination addressed the rest of the students assembled, explaining why they chose their combination, the challenges and rewards associated with it, and what jobs are possible with their combination. Afterwards, the SEGA girls were able to speak with the Advanced-Level girls, and learn more about what Advanced-Level has to offer them as a path after Secondary School.
Standard 7 Graduates
Only 24 % of girls in Tanzania continue to secondary school (USAID) SEGA’s Standard 7 class took their final exams and finished their primary school career! They have begun their Pre-Form 1 program at SEGA. This program focuses on intense English Immersion, in order to give the girls the best English skills possible before they enter Form 1.
Scaling SEGA’s Impact into the Wider Community
The success of the Life Skills program has led SEGA to expand its impact beyond the population of students in our boarding school with the potential to reach hundreds of girls in communities throughout Tanzania. A new program called Msichana Kisasa, or modern girl in Swahili, was launched in 2016 and is adapting key elements of the Life Skills curriculum for girls aged 10-18 through a girls’ club setting in local communities utilizing SEGA graduates as peer trainers and mentors. The program builds on the concept of Safe Spaces and girls clubs that is promoted by the Population Council throughout the developing world with a focus on leadership, reproductive health, and financial literacy.