OUR LATEST ACTIVITIES
Some of the participants of our programs are definitely no "victims". They have made some bad decisions in their lives, they have chosen a wrong way to go. But they deserve a second chance - if they are ready, to catch it. Like 18 years old Jackson.
Jackson used to live with his parents in Singida, a few hours drive by car from Mwanza. After finishing primary school, his parents brought him to relatives in Mwanza to go to secondary school, as his parents were sure, the quality of secondary education in Mwanza would be higher than in Singida. Jackson started promising in secondary education but soon he became friend to a group of students who were not at all interested in education. Jackson and his friends started to skip the classes, hang around and began to steel for fun. After two years of misbehavior in school, Jackson dropped out of school with no possibility at all to finish secondary education. His relatives in Mwanza and his parents were angry and made it clear, that at least he would have to support the family by getting a job and bring some money home. Jackson realized, that without proper education, he could not find a job and he began to steel for making money to support the family. As he was caught several times by the police, he got more and more problems with his family. Fortunately, he learned about EBLI’s Computer Literacy program and decided to catch this chance to start into a new life, without crime but opportunities to support his family as Jackson plans to start his own - legal - business.
On January 7th, over 50 young people, most of them young mothers, started with the actual class of Computer Literacy at EBLI. This year, we enlarge the part of tuition in life skills, so the students will learn more about SRHR and GBV and how they can change their behavior. And they will also be taught in business skills to start an independent, successful life - even if they dropped out of school and do not have a Certificate of Secondary Education.
Would you like to know more about EBLI’s students? Let us present you some of them. Today, we like to introduce you Jackline. Jackline is 18 years old and lives together with a female relative in Mabatini, Mwanza. In March 2018, she had to leave Secondary School, because she attended classes not regularly, due to a lack of financial support from her parents for school material, uniform and transport fees as well as the family needed her to help at home. Jackline was happy, to find a job at a bar, where she earned some money and also found new female friends at her age. She also met a young man, 25 years old, who became her boyfriend. Soon, Jackline became pregnant and her boyfriend refused to meet her again, as he had no intention at all to marry her. Jackline was seeking support and advice from her new friends. They were telling her, she could not give birth to that child. She would lose her job, would get problems with her family and - most important - would lose them as her close friends. Finally, the girls convinced Jackline, to have an abortion and to do it at one of the girls’ home. Luckily, Jackline survived the procedure and does not seem to have any health issues due to the self-made abortion, but until today, she has not met a gynecologist. As time passed by, Jackline began to doubt about her friendship with these young women. And when she got a flyer with information about EBLI’s Computer Literacy program, she decided, to quit her job at the bar, to left these girls behind and to start the program. After finishing the program, she wants to work as a secretary to earn enough money to support her family and to have a family of her own - one day.
Two of EBLI's staff members, Lucy Metha and Andrew Mwakibolwa, had the chance to take part in seminar organized by Terre des Hommes Schweiz, to become official Practitioners in Solution Focused Approach. Today, Constantine Nyambajo from Terre des Hommes Schweiz (Dar es Salaam) took the chance to congratulate them both to their success and Catherine Hollinger handed over the certificates personally. Hongereni sana, Lucy and Andrew, we are so proud of you!
Today, the last sessions of the National Examination in Secondary Education took place. Right after the exams, some of EBLI's students rushed back to join the graduation party at EBLI, where they were very warm welcomed. We also used the chance, to thank the teachers for their good work and big effort. Asanteni sana wote!
Gabrielle Cuda, EBLI's English teacher and Maryknoll Lay Missioner from the USA, had prepared a surprise for her students today: during the graduation of the 14th class of EBLI's Young Mothers Computer Literacy program, they received their certificates for their English studies at EBLI. Catherine Hollinger from Terre des Hommes Schweiz had the pleasure, to hand out the first English Certificates. But also the students didn't miss the occasion to surprise the audience by reciting a poem in English. Congratulations to all of them!
Today was a very special day - for the 57 young people who came together to celebrate the graduation of the 14th class of EBLI's Young Mother Computer Literacy Program as well as for all of us. EBLI's main donor and longtime supporting partner, Terre des Hommes Schweiz, took part in the celebration. Cahterine Hollinger from Terre des Hommes Schweiz head office in Basel, Switzerland and Constantine Nyambajo from the Tanzanian office in Dar es Salaam joined us to be our guests of honor! What a great pleasure, to have them among us.
The students we celebrated today, successfully accomplished a holistic program, learned computer skills, were taught in sexual and reproductive health and rights (together with gender based violence) and were introduced in entrepreneurship. Today, they thrilled their audience - parents, friends and EBLI's staff members - with their own songs, dances and even a fashion show.
We are extremely proud of all of them - young women and men who are willing and ready to create their own future. We wish them all the best.
Gabrielle Cuda joined EBLI's staff about three months ago, when Steve Pope left to continue his studies. Also a volunteer from Maryknoll Lay Missioners, USA, Gabrielle is teaching EBLI's students in English. Here's what she says about her experiences so far: "In light of my first batch of students completing their course recently, and graduation coming up this week I wanted to turn the spot light on to these hardworking, vibrant individuals! My time with them this term was short, and it was my first time teaching English as a foreign language, but the commitment and patience we built together helped turn this class into a fun and free learning environment. After months of studying tenses, vocabulary, sentence structure, parts of speech, etc. I asked the students to create a collage and write-up of their goals and dreams for their final project, and I wanted to share an excerpt from what they wrote with all of you! Something to keep in mind is creativity is not openly encouraged or embraced in educational culture here, so when I pulled out the magazines and told the students to start exploring, they were BEAMING. 🌟"
Emmanuel, 20: “In my dreams I want to be a lawyer and help poor people in my country. I want to hug poor kids and tell them that they are not alone, I want to make a promise to help the needy and abolish the greed from my life. I want to travel all over the world to see the things which are not around in Tanzania and to study about the culture of other countries. I want to know ways to solve the problems like poverty and to teach people about human rights and to help street children especially children whose parents died to show them their not alone, I am here with them…. I want to help the elderly and to give them their needs like food and clothes, and to respect them and show them love.”
Vaselisa, 18: “I would like to be an enterpreneur, advertiser, designer & a cook. I like business because I want to be famous in the world. I like singing because I like the songs of Celine Deon, like “My Heart Will Go On”, “Goodbye”, ”I’m Alive”. one day I want to meet with her. In my life I want to be charasmatic for doing something well like comedy, singing, & crafts. For now, I sell “karanga za mayai” which are sweet, roasted peanuts & “ubuyu” which are the seeds of baobab trees covered in sugar, flour and color. These are both popular street snacks in tanzania.”
Saba, 19: “My hobby is drawing, I am an artist. In my dreams I want to be a soldier in Israel. I would really like to go to that county because it is a strong nation. God bless us & me. If I arrive, I want to marry a nice girl to be my wife & we will have a family. We will have a nice ceremony & eat some food, drink juice, etc. I want to buy a brand new car. God bless me amen!”
Zeina, 18: “There are 5 children in my family, I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers. My mother devotes herself to cooking at a hotel. My goal is to design clothes . After I finish school I want to learn to sew clothes and to form sales. I would like to go to America to do my business of selling clothes. My dream is to succeed, I want to help street children who do not have parents, to build houses, to help the elderly. God bless my dream…”
On Monday, the National Examination in Secondary Education has started throughout Tanzania. EBLI's students of Secondary Education take part in the exams as well and we wish them all to pass successfully. Good luck, everybody!
Young people, most of them young mothers, who just finished EBLI's Computer Literacy program, learn how to start their own businesses. Right now, Lucy Metha teaches them how to advertise their businesses, by using several different methods, including the use of social media. After the training, these young people will be able to start their own businesses, as they got essential basic knowledge of accounting, business correspondence, founding procedures etc. We are glad to have the chance to support all these future entrepreneurs!
Young people taking the lead in expressing their opinion on gender based violence during a radio talk show today. EBLI values youth participation in every aspect of project intervention.