The SEGA Girls School is situated at the foot of the Uluguru mountains in a rural area of Tanzania near the town of Morogoro, 190 km west of Dar es Salaam. Morogoro is one of Tanzania’s growing mid-sized towns with a population of 240,000.
Five Interesting Facts About Tanzania:
- Population: 52 million
- Language: The official languages are Swahili and English, but the first language of most Tanzanians is one of more than 120 local languages.
- Religious Beliefs: Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%
- Home to the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania has the largest concentration of wildlife animals per square kilometer, with more than 4 million wild animals.
- Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania. At 19,341 feet above sea level, it is the highest peak in Africa.
Five Sobering Facts About Tanzania:
- Tanzania is one of the poorest nations in the world (ranked 156 out of 174 in the UN’s Human Development Index).
- 68% of the population lives below the international poverty line, earning $1.25 or less a day.
- Half of all Tanzanian women have given birth by age 19, and 70% are married by 20.
- The annual population growth rate is 2.9%.
- There are 1.4 million Tanzanians living with AIDS (UNICEF).
Five Facts to Prove that the Situation in Tanzania is Improving
- Tanzania is one of the most politically stable countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a multi-party democratically-elected government since 1992.
- The Tanzanian economy is growing at a rate of 6% per year, due to gold production and tourism. The discovery of gas and oil in 2011 will probably further increase this growth rate.
- In 2011, Rwanda and Tanzania were the only two countries out of 78 worldwide to receive an “A” rating from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for using aid effectively.
- Between 2004 and 2010, pregnancy among Tanzanian girls ages 15 to 19 fell by 12% (UNICEF).
- The Tanzanian government is committed to “Education for All:” In 2001 it became law that primary education is compulsory and free, resulting in a 98% enrolment of both boys and girls in primary school.
Secondary Education in Tanzania
Despite encouraging new laws to improve primary education, access to secondary education in Tanzania is still extremely limited, especially for the poor.
Government-run schools charge tuition fees, which, along with the cost of books and uniforms, means that secondary education is out of reach for many families. The quality of education is often poor, with class sizes of 50 or more and insufficient desks, books and supplies.
Only 33% of Tanzanians register for secondary school and although the enrollment rate is similar for girls and boys, retention drops off significantly for girls as they reach adolescence, mainly because of a high rate of teenage pregnancy, pressure for young girls to get married, and a lack of adequate toilet facilities and high levels of sexual harassment at school.
The Form 4 School Leavers Certificate, awarded after successfully completing four years of secondary school, is becoming the minimum qualification for employment. This leaves all those who do not have access to a secondary education caught in a vicious cycle of poverty.
The SEGA Girls School offers a quality education to vulnerable girls who would otherwise be unable to access secondary education. Girls who graduate from the SEGA Girls School will receive the School Leavers Certificate, along with valuable life skills and practical business training that will give them an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty