The SEGA Girls School continues to work toward becoming a self-sustaining facility.
Thus far current partial self-sustainability is achieved through:
- Development of school run businesses that will both generate income and teach the students business and entrepreneurship skills
- Installation of solar panels that allows the campus to operate entirely off-grid
- Use of renewable water sources to provide most of the school’s water requirements
- Cultivation of organic gardens to provide fruit and vegetables for the school kitchen
- Implementation of second class of paying students that will help generate income and integrate middle class families with vulnerable girls
Business Skills and Entrepreneurship Training through Business Clubs and School-run Businesses
In 2011, SEGA signed a 5 year partnership with NGO Fundacion Paraguaya (FP) to adapt their successful business education model “Education that Pays for Itself” for East Africa, using the SEGA Girls School as their model. This venture was funded by a MasterCard Foundation grant and also included monitoring and evaluation component conducted by the University of Minnesota. Near to completion of this contract, SEGA and its students have gained valuable lessons learned and experiences –many of which are now incorporated in SEGA’s curriculum.
Over the years SEGA staff, past and present volunteers, and visitors mentor the business clubs, as they start up small money making businesses, such as:
- tourism/hospitality via SEGA’s guest house on campus,
- conferencing via SEGA hosting groups on campus,
- producing and selling tie-dye T shirts,
- setting up a canteen selling snacks and drinks,
- and making and selling mats, baskets, soaps, jams & peanut butter,
In this way the SEGA students learn first-hand about developing a business plan, product procurement, sales and marketing.
Businesses Club Activities
SEGA School Businesses Gaining Momentum: currently SEGA’s hospitality business is proving most successful in contributing to SEGA sustainability plan.
Business Club Market Day: Form III students in SEGA’s entrepreneurial Business Club show their wares at the annual Business Club Market Day sponsored by Foundation Paraguaya SEGA girls displayed varied products ranging from bed quilts to floor mats to food snacks like home-made potato chips and mandazi
Form 1A visits Dar es Salaam Airport
Form 1A took a class trip to Dar es Salaam to visit the airport. They learned about weather instruments that measure humidity, evaporation, wind speed, ground temperature, etc. This was a great opportunity for girls to gain exposure to a new industry. They also got to see the markets in Dar, and then spent some time at the beach. For some of our girls, this was the first time they had ever seen the ocean!
Form 3 visits Sokaine University of Agriculture
Form 3 took a class career tip to SUA (Sokaine University of Agriculture) an agricultural university in Morogoro. As part of the university’s “Learning by Doing” approach, the girls were able to observe and participate in the entire process of how sweet potato flour is made. This is just one example of the many things that the girls might learn if they were to attend this university, which is an option for them upon completion of Form 5 and 6.