The SEGA Girls School is a residential secondary school for bright motivated Tanzanian girls who otherwise are unable to attend school due to extreme poverty.
Delivering a Quality Education
We provide a high-quality education that fosters the development of strong values, healthy self-esteem and independent thinking skills. Our intention is to empower the SEGA students to effect change for themselves, their families and – ultimately – their communities.
The SEGA students are given the best chance of success through:
- A high quality academic education delivered by qualified teachers trained in participatory teaching methods.
- An “Education for Life” curriculum that includes community outreach and social responsibility opportunities with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS and early pregnancy prevention.
- Hands–on practical training in business skills and entrepreneurship in school-run businesses, which also generate a profit for financial self-sustainability for the school.
- A supportive, safe and loving environment in which to live and learn in our dormitories on campus.
The SEGA Students
The SEGA students are vulnerable girls, who have dropped out of school before completing their primary education (up to 7th grade). Some have lost their parents to malaria, AIDS or other diseases; some are too poor to afford uniforms, books or transport to traditional government schools; some need to work to support themselves and their families and have no time to attend school.
With at least twice as many applicants as we have places, selection for enrollment to the SEGA Girls School is highly competitive. Only girls who have no other options available to them to return to school and who are passionate about wanting to be educated are chosen. The SEGA Girls School is non-sectarian, admitting girls of all faiths.
The girls begin with an 18 month-long remedial program, which prepares them for education at the secondary school level. This remedial program includes:
- An intensive program of English, since all subjects at the secondary level in Tanzania are taught in English; and
- Preparation for the national Standard VII exam – a national requirement for entry into any secondary school in Tanzania.
There are over approximately 200 students boarding at the SEGA Girls School (Forms 1/8th grade through Form 4/11grade including students in the pre-secondary/ remedial program) and approximately 40 students off-campus attending advanced secondary and/or continuing education programs supported by SEGA scholarships.
An Ongoing Success Story
Founded in 2008, and located in Morogoro, Tanzania the SEGA Girls School is a rapidly growing residential campus. With support from four USAID/ASHA matching grants, and from our committed supporters, we have completed construction of the SEGA campus that supports the education of 200 vulnerable girls each year. Click here to see the SEGA Girls School story
The SEGA Girls School is environmentally friendly using sustainable technology. Our campus is solar-powered; a rainwater capture system provides a renewable source of water and our students work on the organic garden that provides fruit and vegetables for the school kitchen.
The SEGA students are successful, not only academically, achieving good results in Tanzanian national exams, but also in many extracurricular activities, and in their growth into confident, assertive young women.
One of our graduates recently shared an experience in the community college she attends where a teacher threatened to fail her if she didn’t have sex with him–an extremely common scenario across higher education and places of employment in Tanzania. She said:
“I looked at him in the eye and told him ‘I have paid to be here and it is my right to be here and you should leave me alone’ …and the way I said it, so confidently, he left me alone after that…. I learned how to do that from my life-skills classes at SEGA.” (Interview of SEGA graduate by SEGA counselor, 2015)