Binti Shupavu is a needs-driven training and mentoring program for adolescent girls in Tanzania. This initiative is tailored to specifically address key challenges that lead to hundreds of thousands of Tanzanian girls dropping out of secondary school every year. This comprehensive program lasting four years builds confidence, resilience and the determination to succeed no matter what. A mix of seminars and small group tutorials delivered weekly by university educated Tanzanian women, Binti Shupavu ensures that thousands of new girls every year get the knowledge, skills and support they need to thrive.
Binti Shupavu aims to:
- Build confidence, resilience and the determination to succeed no matter what.
- Teach Binti Shupavu Scholars how to be focused, committed and proactive.
- Equip adolescents with skills to conquer challenges on their educational journey.
- Provide the resources necessary to help Scholars envision a bright, successful future.
of Tanzanian girls
Why Adolescent Girls? Why Binti Shupavu?
In Tanzania, girls have higher dropout rates than their male counter parts: only 54% of girls who complete primary school move on to secondary school. Drop out rates are higher for young women because of serious financial, cultural and environmental issues; when these young women cut their education short, their children follow the same pattern.
Women who end their education early face serious problems as they get older. Because they lack the education to occupy financially stable jobs, women frequently enter marriage much younger, and do not have the money to educate, or care the basic needs of their children. This increases the number of childhood marriages, and increases infant mortality and illiteracy rates in the region.
Binti Shupavu, by providing adolescent girls with a positive educational framework, guides these Scholars on a path that does not include early marriage and early motherhood. Rather, it encourages young women to realize their potential early in education in order to solidify the idea that they are capable of being agents of change in their own lives.
How does Binti Shupavu Work?
A mix of seminars and small-group tutorials delivered weekly by university educated Tanzanian women, Binti Shupavu ensures that hundreds of new girls every year get the knowledge, skills and support that they need to thrive. Each Binti Shupavu Scholar benefits from 30 classes per year, plus sustained mentorship for each year of the four year course, as well as having access to a number of other essential supports. Binti Shupavu is a cost-effective and culturally appropriate intervention with long-term ongoing impact and the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of girls each year.