September 11, 2019

Just back from Kitenga…

By Anne Wadsworth

It’s a quiet, rainy, Sunday morning – just the welcoming setting I awaited before jotting down some reflections from my recent Kitenga visit.  Trip #22? 23? 24? Somewhere along the line I lost count but have come to realize that in reality, Kitenga, Tanzania has become my “second home”. And as it has happened with…

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November 20, 2018

To My Dearest Friends on Thanksgiving…

By Anne Wadsworth

“Anne, please, when you get home, tell everyone at GEC how thankful we are.  Really! Look what’s here. We are so grateful” Sister Lucy Rukwembe My Dear Friends, I am writing to you as I start my journey home after nearly a month in a remote area in northern Tanzania where a remarkable school for…

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September 25, 2018

Launch a Leader is Launched!

By Erin Klass

The transition from sub-par government schools taught in Swahili to the Kitenga Secondary School for Girls (KSSG) where classes are taught in English can be daunting for students.  Together, leaders at GEC and the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa developed a pilot program that is designed to help students get up to speed before the…

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December 13, 2017

Getting Stronger by the Day

By Anne Wadsworth

About 43 weeks over the course of 76 months (that’s six years plus change) – that’s the number of days I have spent in Tanzania forming a partnership and building a remarkable school with the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa. About 85% of those days were spent chiseling a castle from a rock, shaping a…

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October 9, 2017

Meet Kitenga’s ICT and Biology Teacher: Mr. Nigo

By Girls Education Collaborative

Hi everyone! Emily M Louis here, just wanting to give a proper introduction for this post. I have had the great pleasure of being able to get to know Mr. Claud Masanja Nigo via email the past few months. It sort of feels like having a penpal again! I have to tell you, that he…

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June 23, 2017

What Could Be More Epic?

By Anne Wadsworth

May 24th, 2017 was the Dedication/Inauguration/celebration, of the opening of the Kitenga School For Girls. May 24th was an epic day. Why? For so many reasons: Mother Nature rested her harsh rains; the new campus looked beautiful and the ceremonial tents, like a fairytale castle. The program demonstrated the girls’ passion, devotion and pride in their…

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November 14, 2016

A True Collaboration- Our First Project

By Anne Wadsworth

In January, 2017, Tanzanian girls at risk of forced marriage, genital mutilation, domestic violence, sexual assault, and otherwise circumscribed futures will take imperative steps toward self-actualization when they begin secondary coursework at the newly built Kitenga School for Girls. It is a project GEC is infinitely proud and fortunate to be a part of. But…

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September 14, 2015

The State of Education in Tanzania

By Anne Wadsworth

In 2001, under pressure from international stakeholders, the Tanzanian government established the Primary Education Development Program (PEDP), which made school compulsory for 7- to 15-year-olds and officially abolished mandatory primary school fees as a means of increasing enrollment. On some level, the program seems to be working. Primary school enrollment did increase from 4.4 million…

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April 12, 2013

Girls Education – A catalyst for change in Kitenga

By Anne Wadsworth

Stunningly beautiful Kitenga. Rich, fertile Kitenga.  Friendly, vibrant Kitenga. Yet within all this beauty of its land and its people, remain destructive cultural practices that rob girls and women of their dignity, their right to self-determination. A village of about 7,500, spread out within the Tarime District of the Mara Region of Tanzania. Remote. Rural….

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