OUR LATEST ACTIVITIES
Liana Langley and Nokuzola Ncube interns from "Western Heads East", a collaboration between Western University Canada and Tanzania, are busy with their assignments at EBLI. It’s such an enriching experience to work with brilliant minds as we push the young mothers agenda forward.
The first class of EBLI's Secondary Education program did the National Examination in Secondary Education already in November 2017 and the results were published in February this year. As we celebrated graduation of the "Young Mothers Computer Literacy" program, we also honoured the students of the first Secondary Education class yesterday. They received their certificates and enjoyed the graduation party with their fellow students. We are all extremely proud of these young people and wish them all the best for their future.
On Friday, June 8th, 2018, we celebrated the graduation of the 13th class of EBLI's program "Young Mothers Computer Literacy" at National Lodge, Mwanza.
Over 50 young women and men studied computer knowldege during the first half of the year 2018 and also learned business skills to get successfully into business. It was a great pleasure for all of us - students, families, friends and staff members of EBLI - to celebrate together this special day. There were shows, drama, speeches and dances and songs we've all enjoyed. But as Mr. Bernard Makachia, EBLI's Executive Director, pointed out in his speech, this day shall just be the start into a successful future, and there are new things to learn everyday. To be grateful for getting knowledge may please us, but we will be really happy, seeing each of the former students living an independent life of his/her choice.
Some impressions of the day:
In 2016, EBLI started it's Secondary Education program as a pilot project for vulnerable youth, dropped out of school. Michael Leen was from the beginning involved in creating, planning and realizing this program. In May 2017, Michael left Mwanza and returned with his family to the USA. But also from far away, Michael is still supporting the Secondary Education program in many ways, and it's also due to him, that the program can be continued after the pilot phase.
Today, Michael visited EBLI and the students who started the program in January 2017, have for sure not forgotten him and were so happy to see Michael again! Everybody at EBLI is grateful for everything, Michael is still doing for us and we thank him for visiting us in Mwanza.
What a great surprise for all staff members of EBLI today: Michael Leen just stepped into EBLI's weekly staff meeting. It is already a year ago, since Michael Leen has left Mwanza and returned to the USA, together with his wife Ashley and their daughter Fiona. Michael was working together with the EBLI-team for 3,5 years, improved administrative tasks like Monitoring and Evaluation, wrote manuals in Kiswahili for several programs and taught EBLI's staff members in various skills and supported especially young mothers by teaching them business skills.
We really do miss Michael as our co-worker but are so happy to have him back for a week!