Girls: The First Teachers

Girls become women, and women are our first teachers. It is imperative that we focus on the wholesome education of girls everywhere.

I am originally from Tanzania, and in May 2010 I went to Tanzania mainland & to Zanzibar. My intent was to visit a school my mother had spoken with me about, to see its condition, meet the students we had been supporting, and to speak with Principal Abeid about what support is needed.

Well, it truly was an amazing and inspiring experience. The school is located in rural Zanzibar. Not too far from Mwera Maili Sita (6), and not far from the local main road. Students from 1st through 12th grade attend the school, and they do so by splitting lower & higher grades in the morning & afternoon accordingly. You will see the condition of the library and the science lab in images (I will upload them later), but there really isn’t much to see. What there IS to see, is the beautiful setting in which the school sits. The skies are a rich blue and the green of the foliage and trees around the school is so vivid! It calls for some playground toys the like of slides, see-saws, and swings to be there for children to play with. These children spend a lot of time playing outside without any toys, so I am in no means saying playground equipment should replace playing with nature.

I initially started the C2GGE organization (Copper to Gold Girls Education) to enable girls in Zanzibar to obtain an education. This intent was based on my experience and knowledge of the culture in Zanzibar as it pertains to educating the young. Basically, if a family had enough money to send one child to school (and they had boys & girls in the home), the boy would be sent.

However, some changes have occurred. Amazing, forward-thinking changes, in a place where slavery, spice trade and the like took place. Zanzibaris are pushing for girls’ education as well! There are forums and meetings to discuss the importance of a girl’s education! This was such a good thing to hear, see, and experience on my visit in 2010.

The school principal, Principal Abeid, had personally been supporting as many students as she could before we joined her  efforts. She helped boys and girls go to school. However, with a student body of about 1000, she was hardly making a dent.

Our initial purpose was to only send girls to school, but because she already was helping some students and needed help to enable these particular students to finish their primary or secondary schooling, we decided to allow funds to be distributed to girls and boys. We were able to send 21 children to school for two years & it gave all of us such a good feeling!!

Because of various reasons we (I and friends around the world) didn’t continue supporting these students in 2011, nor in 2012. However, Principal Abeid still needs assistance. She needs more than I can personally provide and more than a few $30 dollars can raise.

School in Zanzibar is now on holiday and will resume in January. The cost to attend school for the year is $35 for lower grades, and $60 for higher grades. Still cheaper than most of our nice eat-out bills. 🙂 Oh, and these costs cover the student for the year!

I am writing this blog just to share this experience with other people. The experience being that there are ways to contribute to the betterment of the world with just one act a year (hopefully many more acts as well). Taking the time to help a person just once, may alter the course of that person’s day and/or life. Taking the initiative to sponsor a child to go to school for a year, with just one donation for the entire year, will most definitely change the course of that child’s life; hopefully for the better.

With this blog I hope to bring awareness to girls’ education, child education as a whole, useless spending, useful spending, altruism, simple altruistic contributions, simple selfish contributions (positive type of ‘selfish’), and to this school in particular.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you find something to participate in, that will advance humanity 🙂

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