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November 23, 2022

Girls Education Collaborative Presents Kitenga, Tanzania

By Jess Basil

On 1,000 acres in a remote village in northern Tanzania, where life is hard, poverty generational, and gender inequity ubiquitous, a transformative project is underway: the creation of an extraordinary, high-quality school for some of the world’s most at-risk girls.

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October 11, 2022

Today: International Day of the Girl

By Sarah Filippi-Field

Today is an important day to GEC, our partners and most importantly to the girls we serve. GEC exists to help ensure that the world’s most at-risk girls complete twelve years of a safe and quality education so they can enter adulthood with skills and agency. At-risk because their long walks to school can be dangerous journeys…

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April 27, 2022

It Takes a Village: Mr. Mugabo Mkama

By Sarah Filippi-Field

Mr. Mugabo Mkama is Second Master at Kitenga Girls Secondary School (KGSS), where he teaches physics and mathematics. Originally from Musoma in the Mara region of Tanzania, Mr. Mugabo has been at KGSS since 2018. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is responsible for organizing different activities, maintaining discipline of the school, and data….

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March 31, 2022

Circle of Advisors

By Sarah Filippi-Field

Fortidas Bakusa, PhD   “I have seen the growth of Kitenga Girls Secondary School, in Mara, Northern Tanzania, from when it was envisaged to where it has come. It is because of individuals who have tirelessly devoted their time, energy, dreams and efforts to mobilize resources from all angles. While we celebrate the success of…

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March 31, 2022

Notes from the Executive Director – March 2022

By Anne Wadsworth

Back Home.  It’s probably the 25th time I’ve written those two words. But the first time I’ve penned them after a 24 month hiatus and global pandemic. They are good words to write because, it means, I actually left. GEC’s work is not transactional and formulaic. It is relationship-based. It is learning and listening driven….

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March 30, 2022

Kitenga Trip Reflection

By Sarah Filippi-Field

This past February, I visited Kitenga Girls Secondary School for the first time. Like so many workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been working remotely for GEC for the past 6 months. I definitely got some crazy looks from friends and family when I told them I was meeting my boss, Anne, for the…

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February 15, 2022

Beginners Luck?

By Anne Wadsworth

Have you ever had that wombly feeling when you ended up doing something really well but it was the first time you had ever tried, so maybe it was just – beginner’s luck? I have to confess that I felt a bit of that wombly feeling a year ago when Kitenga’s first Form Four students…

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February 15, 2022

If You Build It?

By Anne Wadsworth

I suppose we learned from the start that just because you build a school, no matter how beautiful and child-centered it is, the vision may not ‘take hold’ overnight. That first year in 2017, the Sisters had to knock on doors and convince families to let their girls attend. Girls did come and the school…

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January 6, 2022

It Takes a Village: Guillemette

By Jess Basil

Guillemette Dejean is no stranger to the GEC community.  Hailing from Brittany, France she lived with the Wadsworth family during an exchange program in high school and after she completed her Masters in International Development asked Anne to be a professional mentor to her.   Knowing she was looking to expand her experiences, Anne invited…

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August 9, 2021

Meet Ramsha, GEC’s Research Intern

By Girls Education Collaborative

“In 2018, I got a chance to spend few days among the women of one of the most underprivileged areas of my country – and somehow I got stuck in that moment forever. I saw the depth of issues, the barriers, and the sparkling eyes with dreams yet no direction. Thus, women’s research and development…

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