Empowerment Through Education
Shut out of public education in 2010, Dativa came to her only option, the Kilimahewa Center. Here she is this May with a very proud mother, graduating from A Level High School. Right now she is taking her Form 6 National Exams to determine her college/university possibilities. Dativa's mother once pounded rocks to make gravel to sell in order that Dativa could come to the Center.
Samwel, the newest member of our sponsored student program, just completed Secondary School, scoring well on his Form 4 national exams. With no viable family support, he was at a dead end. Now he is studying in EdPowerment's 6-month THRIVE program for Form 4 graduates waiting to take their next educational step. His future is restored.
Above: Kelvin, a sponsored student who is serving as an agricultural assistant in our THRIVE program, attended a conference on growing methods in Moshi. Left below Kelvin: students jump-rope in space now being transformed into a real recreational field (right).
Kerri & Grace celebrate this year's World Autism Awareness Day March with children from local schools. Just three years ago, Tanzania did not even have a word for Autism.
Dickson, a History/Georgraphy/Civics teacher who recently joined Kilimahewa's staff has taken over the library, transforming it into a more vibrant, accessible place of learning for all. Here he inventories the newest of over 800 books - texts, fiction & non-fiction and reference. He is using the most up to date software that Frank, our technology director, taught him.
[A BRIEF EXPLANATION: In the Tanzanian system, Primary School students take the PSLE - Primary School Leaving Exam - in Standard or Class 7. If they fail, their formal schooling is over. If they "pass" they continue to O (ordinary) Level Secondary School that consists of Forms 1-4. In November of their Form 4, they take another national exam to determine if they can continue to A (advanced) Level High School Forms 5 -6 the following July. This is the pre-requisite to university. Students who do not score well enough on their Form 4 national exam to go to A Levels may apply to shorter Certificate/Vocational or Diploma programs.]
Next up… 10 Secondary School graduates now are learning vital skills in our THRIVE 6-month program at the Kilimahewa Center. Soon they will receive their A Level postings and leave for their next step in July, having boosted their academic, communication and life skills.
EdPowerment's three programs continue to change lives for the better. While the Kilimahewa Educational Center and Tomorrow’s Scholar-Leader Sponsorship Program propel young adults into productive lives formerly unimaginable, our funding of CA Tanzania impacts government and societal attitudes locally and nationally about inclusion of the intellectually disabled. Your support sustains our service to fellow human beings in need.
Making it against all odds – This sums up EdPowerment’s students and programs in Spring 2017. Here is how we are forging ahead with (1) your support (2) our dedicated Tanzanian teachers and staff and (3) our determined students.