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May 23, 2022

Impact of 12 Years of Quality Education on Girls

By Sarah Filippi-Field

By Ramsha Khan, Author and Sarah Filippi-Field, Co-Author Click Here to Download PDF Introduction A growing number of experts argue that girls education “is the world’s best investment with the widest-ranging returns” (Sperling & Winthrop, 2015, p. 4). There are a variety of economic, social, and political benefits from investing in girls education, including reducing…

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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 18, 2022

Impact of COVID-19 on Adolescent Girls in East Africa

By Sarah Filippi-Field

Click Here to Download PDF Pre-Existing Conditions Worsened by Pandemic Economic Hardship On March 16, 2020 Tanzania reported its first case of COVID-19 (Tarimo & Wu, 2020, p. 1). Since then, there have been devastating socioeconomic effects on the country. GDP growth slowed down from 6.8% in 2019 to 2.1% in 2020 as a result…

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