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AfricAid commented on Binti Shupavu -- “Courageous Daughters”

Hello Isaac,
 
Thank you for your comments!
 
For more clarification on the sustainability model for Binti, we would like to direct your attention towards the attachment "Binti Shupavu Monitoring and Evaluation Plan_V3 - Copy.docx".
 
As for the role boys play in relation to girls dropping out of school or succeeding and their role in the expansion plan, AfricAid recognizes that it is a human right for every child to receive an education. We choose to focus on girls because of how severely they are disadvantaged in the region. However, our Kisa graduates are also beginning to serve as role models for young boys in their villages. Through education, these young girls are empowered to become strong mentors and/or mothers to both girls and boys who are confident in changing the dialogue surrounding girls' education so that young boys may grow up to see women as their equals.

 Due to limited character count in answering the question about success/impact assessment, in the body of the proposal we only mentioned measuring the dropout rate of girls who took part in the program compared to those who didn't. However, we have many other means of measurement which are detailed in the attachment "Binti Shupavu Monitoring and Evaluation Plan_V3 - Copy.docx".
 
Finally, while we do not have a contact at Nova Academies, we will take a look at their website and curriculum to learn more about how they incorporate problem-based learning.
 
Thank you again!

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AfricAid commented on Binti Shupavu -- “Courageous Daughters”

Yes, female education and empowerment is key to development! Thank you for your comment.

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AfricAid commented on Binti Shupavu -- “Courageous Daughters”

How does the program engage with parents or the larger community?:
We plan to hold parent engagement events annually at each Binti Shupavu Partner School as a key part of the program. Wherever possible, we will bring several schools together so that parents can learn from and inspire each other, and develop a sense of being part of a movement bigger than themselves. Our very first parents’ event was held on the 20th of May. It brought together parents of Binti Shupavu Scholars from Langasani and TPC Secondary Schools. Given that most parents work at least 6 days per week, and go to Church or the Mosque and take care of chores at home on the seventh day, we were really pleased that 31 parents attended.
*** To read more about parent engagement, please read our blog post at https://africaid.org/engaging-parents-as-advocates-for-girls-education/

How the content and activities are innovative/impactful/how the program directly addresses the main causes of dropout within the larger community:
According to Population Council’s 2015 report and recent surveys completed by Tanzania Commission for AIDS,16% of girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are not in school. This statistic grows almost four fold by the time girls are between 15 and 19 years old, with 61% of girls in this latter age group no longer attending school (Population Council, p. 11). In rural areas the statistics are more severe; 19% of girls between the ages of 13 and 14 drop out of school and by the time girls are 15, an additional 12% of girls are no longer attending school (Population Council, p. 14). This means that 31% of rural girls between the ages of 13 and 15 years are no longer in school.
 
Once this happens, not only does her healthy adolescent development and transition into productive adulthood stop, but she is exposed to challenges she is ill-equipped to overcome. She is more likely to remain poor, marry early, become sexually active at a younger age, get pregnant by the age of 15, and more likely to tolerate violence from her partner. She has a high probability of being subject to the emotional, physical, and sexual violence that is widespread in Tanzania, and be one of the three in ten girls who report forced sexual initiation.
 
 Binti Shupavu builds the capabilities of Tanzania’s most vulnerable adolescent girls and increases their likelihood of staying in and completing secondary school. The four-year program focuses on five key areas of need:
 
1) Internal motivation and personal leadership
 
2) Health and wellness
 
3) Study skills
 
4) Developing your potential
 
5) Strength and resilience
The completion of secondary school drastically reduces the likelihood of a vulnerable girl to be subject to the aforementioned challenges: she is more likely to generate her own source of income, become sexually active and marry later in life, and less likely to tolerate violence from her partner. Finally, education helps her better defend herself against emotional, physical and sexual violence. Education provides girls with sole ownership of her life, leading them away from the path of victimhood and onto a path of peace and prosperity.