The Africa School Assistance Project (ASAP) is committed to increasing access to quality public education in East Africa, especially for girls. Why? Because education, more than any other sector of development, seeds dramatic improvement in poverty reduction, gender equality, health outcomes, child immunization, HIV/AIDS prevention, environmental protection and wildlife conservation. Simply put, widely available public education will lead to a prosperous, peaceful and sustainable future for Africa.
For now ASAP has chosen to focus on Tanzania because it struggles with one of the worst education systems in East Africa. Their solution is to systematically develop community schools and provide comprehensive support for girls in rural regions of Tanzania who face a dismal future without an education.
ASAP builds strong partnerships with the villagers and government in every community where we work. Their model is predicated on community ownership and project sustainability. Their work is scalable and replicable to maximize impact in the greatest number of places. And, they work hard to ensure everything we do is efficient, effective and culturally appropriate.
Something must be done to address this high drop out rate because the benefits of education for girls are indisputable. Girls with a secondary education have higher family incomes, marry later, have fewer children and at an older age, invest into their children’s education and immunize their children 50% more than mothers who are not educated. And AIDS spreads twice as quickly among uneducated girls than among girls with education. Simply put, girl’s education is the single most powerful investment to shape a better future for Tanzania.
For this reason, ASAP created The Kupanda Project for Girls, an innovative approach to comprehensively support girls to gain a quality secondary school education in rural Tanzania. The idea is simple – bring together, under one program, myriad supports for Tanzanian girls so they can safely access school and complete their lower secondary education.
The Kupanda Project will raise completion rates for girls at rural lower secondary schools to 50% or higher by building dormitories and providing girls with personal support, academic programs and a leadership & empowerment curriculum. Perhaps most importantly, Kupanda includes a strategy for engaging and educating the community (especially men and boys) about the importance of girl’s education.
The Kupanda Project is a replicable model that can be implemented in rural communities across Tanzania and other East African countries. By achieving this scale, ASAP will contribute to overall gender equality and female empowerment in Tanzania and across Africa.
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