Karagwe Education Quality Improvement (KEQI) is founded with the objective of promoting provision of quality education. For purpose of advocating for quality education for Karagwe schools the organization provides textbooks, information, and communication technology (ICT) equipment, science laboratory equipment, volunteer teachers in mathematics, science and English subjects, safe sanitation facilities, menstrual hygiene management tools, supporting orphans in their academic pursuits and granting girls and women access to quality secondary education.
Tanzanian families are constantly seeking ways to raise their incomes and increase their standards of living. It is believed that raising a Tanzanian student education level by even one year will increase household income. However, education comes at a high price, and with a shortage of schools, sacrifices must be made. In a traditionally patriarchal society, these sacrifices often come at the expense of Tanzania’s girls. According to the World Bank fact sheet (2020), 300,000 children in Tanzania were unable to start secondary education due to lack of space over the past two years.
Meanwhile, among enrolled students, 60,000 students drop out of lower secondary school, half of them girls, per year. In this number, 5,500 girls drop out of school due to pregnancy per year.
In Tanzania today, enrollment rates for secondary school are significantly lower than enrollment rates in primary school. World Bank fact sheet (2020) reveals that in 2018 Tanzania’s primary school enrollment reached 10.1 million while the secondary school enrollment was 2.2 million in the same year. Tanzania country report (2018) depicts that for every 100 children who are enrolled in Standard I, only 15 finish the basic education and qualify for further studies and though gender parity is nearly achieved at a primary level, the gap grows significantly at the secondary level of education.
Thus, in our efforts to promote Girls Education in Tanzania and closing this gap; Karagwe Education Quality Improvement (KEQI) is constructing a modern boarding secondary school for girls in Karagwe district. This school will be called KEQI modern girls’ secondary school. Please join us in support of this effort by clicking here to DONATE and enable this project to succeed.
2. Other projects which are run by KEQI with the essence of improving education quality of community secondary schools in Karagwe district include the following.
a. Constructing 150 drop holes latrines for female and male students at Kayanga, Chakaruru, Ruicho, Ihembe and Ndama secondary schools,
b. creating awareness to 90 teachers, 1500 parents, and 6,145 students on appropriate use of water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities and other health issues including preventing teenage pregnancies, maintaining proper hygiene, diseases prevention and benefits of greening our surroundings.
c. distributing biology and English textbooks to schools,