Government reiterates commitment to work with Camfed

04Oct 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Government reiterates commitment to work with Camfed

THE government has reiterated its commitment to continue supporting the various efforts to empower girls promising to work closely with the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) to explore the potential for scaling the Learner Guide Program at public schools.

The move is meant to ensure that children from marginalised communities access relevant life and work skills in their education.

Camfed Tanzania has came up with a Learner Guide Program that sees young women who have experienced first-hand barriers to education and those from marginalized communities, received support to go to school.

Under the program,  girls return to their local schools as mentors and role models.

With marginalized backgrounds, most of the girls educated with CAMFED support, who were themselves once vulnerable to exclusion from education are now working to keep more girls in their communities in school.

Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Prof Caroline Nombo said the programme should not only focus on girls and forget boys who also face challenges and need quick interventions that will encourage them to remain in school.

She made the remarks over the weekend during meeting themed  ‘leaving no one behind- youth walking alongside government to improve learning and decrease dropout’, that brought together various education stakeholders.
She said the program supports the government's  key priorities.

Prof Nombo noted that since its inception in 2005, Camfed has supported almost 8000 marginalised boys and girls. The children were enabled to attend primary school while a total of 55,000 girls were supported to attend secondary school through the learner guide program.

“The Learner guide is worth government support and therefore the Ministry is ready to work with Camfed to reach more schools to ensure more children benefit from the initiative” she said.

The Deputy PS said the linkage is important to pit both boys and girls at risk of dropping out, in school and ensure they get their rights.

She noted that through the initiative which supports government key priorities including equitable access to education, providing education with relevant life and works skills that will provide youth with employment Camfed National Director, Lydia Wilbard said it was imperative to continue exploring the learner guide programme in the country.

“There is also need to explore alignment of Learner Guide with government guidelines,” she said.

Camfed is partnering with Ministries, school stakeholders, civil society representatives to explore the potential for scaling the Learner Guide Program across the government school system.