Introduced in 2013, the Leaner Guide programme works to provide life skills education to girls and help them progress to a secure adulthood. The learning sessions are conducted at secondary schools once a week involving vulnerable girls supported by the organisation.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam, CAMFED National Director, Lydia Wilbard said scaling the programme to five new regions would reach more Tanzania youth with quality educational opportunities.
She said the organisation has for more than a year being in consultation with the government and stakeholders on how the programme can be expanded to other regions with support from the government.
“We want the learner guide programme to be adopted and integrated as a national programme since its implementation has improved school attendance as well as academic performance,” said Wilbard noting that currently the programme is implemented in 27 municipals in five regions.
Wilbard said through the Learner Guide programme which is implemented by CAMFED alumni association (CAMA) over 5,500 vulnerable children have been able to return to school.
She added that girls who failed their Form Two examinations have been assisted to re-sit exams or enroll into alternative pathways such as vocational education so as to secure employment.
“The programme has been well received by students in almost all the secondary schools, there are good attendance in these learning sessions because students love what is being taught,” she noted.
Kinondoni District Education Officer (Secondary), Leonard Msigwa said the programme has reduced school drop out level in the district because girls from poor families have been assisted to join secondary education as well as those who failed Form Two examinations are assisted to re-sit exams.
“Taking into consideration the positive impacts of the programme, we want it expanded to all public secondary schools. In Kinondoni, the programme covers 12 out of the available 29 secondary schools”, said the official noting that the aim is to reach all the 300 schools in the district.
Mwanaisha Waziri who conducts the learning sessions at Dunda secondary school in Bagamoyo district said: “Students love the lessons. The life skills education we impart on them is of great help as they prepare to enter into adulthood”.
CAMFED was launched in Tanzania in 2005, working with the government to boost secondary school enrolment. It started working in Iringa region before spreading to eight other regions across the country. It works with 819 partner schools in 32 districts.
It has also supported more than 3.3 million children to go to school in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Malawi.