What We Do
Roughly two-thirds of Tanzania’s population is under the age of 25, a statistic that conveys every young person’s challenge in this country – gainful employment. Given this reality, students who come from economically, socially and educationally deprived backgrounds must overcome tremendous odds to secure work that can provide a decent or promising living.
EdPowerment addresses this challenge in three ways across all its programs: Strengthening student core academics; Teaching employability skills; and Encouraging personal development. Only the combination of these elements can lead students to the desired outcome: self-reliance.
English and math are pivotal to both classroom and workplace success in Tanzania. EdPowerment emphasizes these two subjects as it develops instructional strategies at KIWOCE and chooses placements and academic reinforcement for its sponsored students. Additionally, EdPowerment works with the KIWOCE staff and our sponsored students when on breaks to make critical thinking part of every subject and topic.
Book learning and graduation documents alone will not equip a young person to take his or her place in the workforce. This is even truer in societies of limited opportunity such as Tanzania where connections too often determine one’s horizons. Recognizing the limited exposure of the students it serves, EdPowerment infuses its programs with practical coaching in the skills and behaviors that are vital to getting a job or starting one’s own business.
EdPowerment believes that consciously understanding one’s own abilities, background and social environment is critical to our students’ advancement. While the majority come from broken or troubled childhoods and family dysfunction, mental health and counseling are virtually unheard of or out of reach for them. EdPowerment addresses this side of the maturing process so that our students can better cope with and solve both personal and inter-personal difficulties.
EdPowerment believes in student-centered learning. Whether it’s our sponsorship program, the THRIVE program or the KIWOCE Open School, we structure and encourage teaching methods and strategies that can best engage students and promote their success. The following goals power What We Do.