Sega Girls School Computer Lab, Tanzania
(2010)

The ability to have access to computers and the internet in the classroom is critical to providing quality education. With this in mind, Forgirlsake partnered with Nurturing Minds, the funding source in the U.S. for the Sega School, and raised over $9,000 to fund a solar powered computer lab.

Nurturing Minds and the Tanzanian non-profit, Secondary Education for Girls Advancement (SEGA), support vulnerable girls, giving them the opportunities to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. In 2007, 23 acres of land in Morogoro Tanzania was acquired, and today the Sega School campus is complete, educating over 200 girls and sponsoring its graduating students who are continuing their education.

According to a United Nations Tanzanian report in July 2010, only 18 percent of girls complete secondary school, and every fifth Tanzanian girl has no education at all. Yet girls who stay in school for seven or more years typically marry later, have fewer dependents, and reinvest 90% of their income back into their families, bringing them out of poverty. Providing The Sega girls with a solar-powered computer lab is part of an educational program that will make them strong, dynamic leaders who can guide social change in their communities, and create a ripple effect of positive social and economic change.

 

Photo courtesy of Warren Zelman Photography.
What’s happening now?
Forgirlsake retains close ties to the Sega School. Apart from the successful launch of the computer lab, Forgirlsake initiated a Sister School project with Trafalgar School for Girls in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that fundraises for needed learning materials such as globes and atlases, and sponsors two girls in the program. In addition, Forgirlsake is taking part in a mother-daughter trip to the Sega School in the summer of 2017. For more information on the Sega School, visit, www.nurturingmindsinafrica.org.
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Photos courtesy of Warren Zelman and Sega.