Updates: May 2022
Tomorrow's Leaders Long-Term Sponsorships
19 of these scholars have now begun the second semester of the 2021-2022 school year in universities and colleges. This year, we anticipate the graduation of 9 young adults, including our first Master's recipient and our second Law School graduate. Their degrees range from education to business, accounting, supply chain management and procurement. All will be part of EdPowerment's Transitional Program that equips them with the CVs, online coaching and financial support associated with finding a job.
The Early Discovery Program Launches:
15 adolescents from Standard 5-7 (the final year of primary school in Tanzania) selected for their motivation and potential amid extreme hardships, are now receiving extra support in order to achieve in their local government schools.
Working closely with local educators and community support officials, our Tanzanian team has delivered key learning assists, including solar lights and book sets, to these students and will be monitoring their progress in the months to come. Our staff is now planning home and school visits to assess their first semester progress.
Our Discovery Higher-Education Students Shine:
This newly-launched higher-education sponsorship program, a sister to our long-standing Tomorrow's Scholar Program, targets exceptional, high-achieving graduates from underserved government secondary schools whose education would otherwise end prematurely. They have no resources to continue studying despite their capability.
As of May, five young adults are continuing university and college studies because of EdPowerment's intervention. Each is demonstrating his or her mettle with excellent performances despite the limited circumstances from which they came.
Drought Relief and Skills Seminars Mark Community Outreach
EdPowerment's Discovery initiatives are anchored in wards of extraordinary need in two districts near our Moshi center: SIHA and Manyara. While creating educational opportunities for exceptional students in these villages (some designated by the government as TASAF, indicating the severity of need), we can not ignore (1) environmental emergencies or (2) educational deficits that impact all youth.
This Spring, our Tanzanian team worked with community leaders to deliver food support in villages undergoing extreme drought where several of our Early Discovery students live. We provided the neediest of families with a minimum level of nourishment each day until they could begin to harvest either maize or beans or other crops. Without food, students can not learn, whatever educational supplies we offer. Further, in these closely-knit communities it is important to support those whom can not be helped by neighbors who are struggling themselves.
Seeking to reach ALL students attending two underserved secondary schools from which our Discovery higher-education sponsored students graduated, our team has begun to bring technology and knowledge to two secondary schools: Dahani (SIHA) and Msitu Wa Tembo (Manyara), for a series of Study-Skills Seminars. This is an exciting start of an ongoing effort to share information and strategies that involves and benefits all stakeholders of these schools, particularly the students, thereby opening more doors to opportunity after secondary school.
We are grateful to be the change agent for so many young people.
Year End 2020