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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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August 9, 2021

Outgoing Thoughts From Summer Volunteer, Ankita

By Jess Basil

This past summer working as an intern for GEC was truly a humbling and empowering experience. First and foremost, I am so grateful to Ms. Anne Wadsworth for being my mentor throughout my internship. Ms. Anne has always been there to walk through assignments with me, tasks aligning with the International Day of the Girl…

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August 9, 2021

It Takes a Village: Patricia

By Jess Basil

When asked if we could highlight her involvement with Girls Education Collaborative for our It Takes a Village series, Patricia Minter-Powell’s immediate response was, “Sure, I herd the cats!”  While that might be true, Patricia does it with love, enthusiasm, and a keen eye on the mission. By day, Patricia is a French teacher at…

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