Summary

Launched
2023
Estimated duration
4 Years
Estimated total value
$3,000,000.00
Regions
Africa
Locations
Tanzania
Partners
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Tanzania

Empowering Secondary School Girls In Tanzania With Vocational Skills

Summary

In 2023, Ishik Foundation and Concordia LLC The Ishik Foundation launched a four-year commitment to empower and graduate 100 secondary students in Tanzania grades 8 to 11, with an emphasis on girls and women, through the provision of vocational training within the country’s formal education system. The vocational school aims to equip students with practical skills in areas including Information Technology, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Sports, Creative Arts, and Fashion Design that will prove invaluable in seeking future employment and other opportunities upon completing their secondary education.

Approach

The Ishik Foundation commits to empowering secondary school girls and women in Tanzania through the provision of vocational training within the country’s education system. The primary objective of this collaboration is to empower secondary school girls from vulnerable communities with a sponsored vocational skills education by establishing a vocational school within a formal curriculum structured school, reaching in total 400 students from grades 8 to 11 over the course of the commitment, 100 of whom will move fully from commencement through graduation over this period. The vocational school aims to equip students with practical skills that will be invaluable to them after completing their secondary education.

The school’s curriculum will be designed to focus on various fields of study, including Information Technology, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Sports, Creative Arts, and Fashion Design. By offering a diverse range of vocational subjects, the school seeks to provide students with a well-rounded education that aligns with real-world demands and enhances their future prospects.

In line with national standards, the vocational school will follow the local curriculum administered by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology of Tanzania. This adherence to the established curriculum ensures that students receive high-quality and relevant vocational training.

Through this collaboration and the establishment of the vocational school, the Ishik Foundation aims to foster a generation of skilled and empowered individuals, particularly focusing on girls, women and youth, who can contribute significantly to the social and economic development of Tanzania.

Action Plan

October 2023:

Consolidation of sponsors for the project.

Inaugural cohort of 100 (each cohort will be this size) scholarship students enrolled.

January to March 2024:

Commencement of 8th grader vocational school and orientation.

Commencement of plans for the Online campus (Meta-campus) to act as a teaching aid.

April to June 2024:

Securement of training and technological support for the Online campus (Meta-campus) .

July to September 2024:

Execution of teachers’ workshops for vocational skills and plan for improvements

Piloting the Online campus (Meta-campus) modules

October to December 2024:

Second cohort of scholarship students enrolled.

Evaluation of the progress of vocational education through Terminal Exams.

January to March 2025:

Full launch of the Online campus (Meta-campus) to act as a teaching aid.

8th grade students commence their 9th grade education.

April to June 2025:

Evaluation of the progress of vocational education through Terminal Exams

July to September 2025:

Review and report sustainability plan for Online campus (Meta-campus) as a teaching aid.

Strengthening of collaborations with partners, assess scholarship impact

October to December 2025:

Evaluation of the progress of vocational education through Government set mid secondary exams.

3rd cohort of scholarship students enrolled

Year-3 (2026) :

9th grade students commence their 10th grade education.

Evaluation of overall program impact of the Online campus (Meta-campus) as a teaching aid and the physical school.

4th and last cohort of scholarship students enrolled

Year 4 (2027) 10th grade students commence their 11th grade education.

Secondary graduation exams.

Host program end ceremony, sharing of successes, and lessons learned.

Completion of project, assessment of long-term sustainability, documentation of outcomes.

Background

Tanzania is confronted with a significant challenge wherein a considerable number of girls are unable to continue their educational journey beyond the 7th grade. This unfortunate circumstance arises due to several factors, including poverty, inadequate academic performance, and the prevalence of early pregnancies and early marriages. School aged girls experience these obstacles, which often lead them towards unfavorable paths, having detrimental effects not only on their own lives but also on their families and the broader society. According to UNESCO estimates, around the world, 129 million girls are out of school. With such a great number a question arises as to how such girls can sustain their lives and make a living if they do not possess any employable or self-employable skills

Under the leadership of its first female president, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, affectionately referred to as “Mama” (mother) , the United Republic of Tanzania has witnessed a significant shift in its approach to education. Recognizing the importance of addressing the nation’s demands in the job market and economy, Tanzania has adopted a new national vision on education. This vision prioritizes skill-based education to go alongside the traditional formal education system, aimed at creating a workforce of highly skilled individuals capable of either self-employment or gaining employment based on the skills they have acquired. This forward-thinking approach is expected to empower girls, contribute to economic growth, and foster a more prosperous society under the guidance of President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

This approach takes inspiration from successful models in other countries, such as Germany’s Gymnasium schools, which run parallel to traditional formal education institutions. Germany’s experience has shown that incorporating vocational education alongside conventional academic studies can lead to a more well-rounded and capable workforce.

Progress Update

Partnership Opportunities

The Ishik Medical and Education Foundation is seeking additional financial support in order to complete the graduation of 100 girls over 4 years

The Ishik Medical and Educational Foundation is providing financial resources, land, logistics, buildings and staff resources.

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