June 7, 2021

Announcing the Anne Wadsworth Center for Collaboration

By Jess Basil

GEC Announces New Center to Enhance Global Impact in Girls Equality: As the world looks to re-opening in-person, collaboration is critical to connect communities for the common good After over a year of construction, we are so pleased to announce the completion of the Anne Robinson Wadsworth Center for Collaboration, in Kitenga, Tanzania. The completion…

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March 16, 2021

We are valuable, we have dignity and we will lead change.

By Girls Education Collaborative

Hear from the powerful voice of Peres Munanka, a pioneer girl student and activist from Tanzania. Peres Munanka is a recent graduate of the Kitenga Girls Secondary School in the Mara Region of Tanzania. The school is a women’s empowerment initiative launched by the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa. As Peres waits for her next…

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June 30, 2020

Back to School: KGSS reopens with COVID-19 precautions

By Anne Wadsworth

“Oh Bibi Harry, they just want to come back to Kitenga!”   I’m ‘Bibi Harry’, and a couple of weeks ago, when Sister Faustina (Head of School) and I were finally able to connect via a Whats App call, that is what she shared with me. “They just want to come back”. Today, three months…

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March 25, 2020

Together, we can get through this

By Anne Wadsworth

Friends, You have transformed lives by building and opening the Kitenga Girls Secondary School. In its young life, the school is already facing its second existential crisis, the first being the dorm fire. Together, we made it through the first crisis and ended up stronger and better. Together, we can do it again. This time,…

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October 8, 2019

Another Voice: International Day of the Girl

By Anne Wadsworth

*This op-ed originally ran in the Buffalo News on October 7, 2019.  Millions of girls around the world are out of school, simply because they are a girl. October 11 is International Day of the Girl, a day when advocates around the world highlight the critical need for global gender equality. It’s a day to…

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September 11, 2019

Just back from Kitenga…

By Anne Wadsworth

It’s a quiet, rainy, Sunday morning – just the welcoming setting I awaited before jotting down some reflections from my recent Kitenga visit.  Trip #22? 23? 24? Somewhere along the line I lost count but have come to realize that in reality, Kitenga, Tanzania has become my “second home”. And as it has happened with…

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November 20, 2018

To My Dearest Friends on Thanksgiving…

By Anne Wadsworth

“Anne, please, when you get home, tell everyone at GEC how thankful we are.  Really! Look what’s here. We are so grateful” Sister Lucy Rukwembe My Dear Friends, I am writing to you as I start my journey home after nearly a month in a remote area in northern Tanzania where a remarkable school for…

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September 25, 2018

Dorm Fire: Update

By Anne Wadsworth

As I write this, it is just over five weeks since a devastating fire ripped through the girls’ dormitory at the Kitenga School for Girls. If you’re hearing this news for the first time after your summer holiday – it’s true. A fire broke out at night, everyone escaped unharmed, but the damage was extensive…

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September 25, 2018

Launch a Leader is Launched!

By Erin Klass

The transition from sub-par government schools taught in Swahili to the Kitenga Secondary School for Girls (KSSG) where classes are taught in English can be daunting for students.  Together, leaders at GEC and the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa developed a pilot program that is designed to help students get up to speed before the…

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December 13, 2017

Getting Stronger by the Day

By Anne Wadsworth

About 43 weeks over the course of 76 months (that’s six years plus change) – that’s the number of days I have spent in Tanzania forming a partnership and building a remarkable school with the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa. About 85% of those days were spent chiseling a castle from a rock, shaping a…

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