African Initiatives’ Big Give Christmas Appeal is helping to transform education in northern Tanzania

Bristol-based international development charity African Initiatives is a participating charity in The Big Give Christmas Challenge (27th November – 4th December) and is hoping to raise a total of £18,000 for its Equal Rights to Quality Education project.

Bristol-based international development charity African Initiatives is a participating charity in The Big Give Christmas Challenge (27th November – 4th December) and is hoping to raise a total of £18,000 for its Equal Rights to Quality Education project.

Education context in Tanzania

Tanzania has one of the worst rates in the world for children transitioning from primary to secondary school, with 1.5 million children of lower secondary age currently out of school. For Maasai and other pastoralist children, the barriers to accessing secondary education are even greater. Less than half make the transition, and for girls, it is even more problematic as parents see no value in educating their daughters when they can force them into marriage in exchange for a dowry. Those who do manage to get to secondary school often drop out due to gender-based violence at school, unplanned pregnancies and long, often dangerous walking distances.

Equal Rights to Quality Education

In collaboration with 3 long-standing partners, African Initiatives works across 70 primary and secondary schools in 6 districts in northern Tanzania to strengthen access to education, quality of teaching, school governance and security, in addition to sensitising communities on the importance of girls’ education. Read more about the project here.

One donation, twice the impact

From midday on Tuesday 27th November until midday on Tuesday 4th December, all donations made through The Big Give website will be doubled, meaning every gift will go twice as far in helping to support equal access to quality education for marginalised girls and boys living in Tanzania. Help African Initiatives transform education in Tanzania by donating to our Big Give Christmas Appeal.

Our health club and child protection meetings have provided Simaloi, a pupil from Longido Primary School, with a safe environment to learn about the importance of girls’ education and to realise her right to a life free from forced marriage and financial dependency.

“My community is beginning to recognise the value of educating its daughters,” says Simaloi. “Beforehand, my parents made me feel that, by attending school, I was falling behind other girls in Longido village who were getting married and having children. Since attending community sensitisation meetings, my parents are much more supportive and take an interest in my studies. I am so thankful and fortunate for this project – education has transformed my future! I now want to go on to further studies and help inspire other Maasai girls to know their rights as equals to men in all aspects of life.”