MSICHANA COLLECTION: One Bike One Girl
Photo Credit: Msichana Initiative
Most of secondary school students in rural areas walk to school. School location and distance from household limits girl performance in the classroom, pose challenge in the regular school attendance as well as participation in extra-curriculum activities and after school events. Those who walk long distance to school arrive late and most of the time physically exhausted, which affect their ability to learn. This situation puts girls at a high risk of sexual harassment, pregnancies and early marriages causing them poor academic performance and/or forcing them to drop out of school. The situation therefore limits opportunity for the girl student to access education and constitutes gender disparity in school settings.
WHY GIRL STUDENTS:
Gender inequality in accessing quality education has been a matter of concern to various individuals and institutions. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its observation of the Millennium Development Goals implementation status and trends in Tanzania noted that; the ratio of girls to boys in primary and secondary schools have been achieved however, there are still gender disparities in enrollment at upper secondary and tertiary levels of education. It was further observed that the main causes of gender disparities in retention and performance of in secondary schools include girls’ drop out due to early pregnancies and marriages.
Similarly, a study by Gervas Machimu and Josephine Joseph Minde on rural girls’ educational challenges in Tanzania concluded that many rural girls are enrolled in secondary schools but are more likely to drop out of school compared to boys.
Assist girls living far from school from walking long distance by providing quick means of transport
Improve students attendance to classes
Improve performance through reducing tiredness caused by walking long distance.
ILAVA will to donate between 10- 20% of its sales towards Bicycle for Enhancing Girl Education in Tanzania or a donation of $75 will cover the cost of the bike and all the necessary cost to transfer the bike to the village. Feel free to donate.
50 Bicycles by the of 2019