OUR LATEST ACTIVITIES
EBLI's students of Secondary Education had their examination in November 2018 and it's our great pleasure to let you know, that about 84% of the Form II students passed successfully and have the possibility to continue their studies for the Certificate of Secondary Education. Congratulation everybody, hongereni sana, we are so proud of you!
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.