UK project helping pupils develop life skills in Tanzania wins global recognition

An initiative helping young women in rural Tanzania access education and employment has won a top prize in the World Innovation Summit for Education Awards (WISE).

The ‘Learner Guide Program’ run by the charity Camfed sends young female African graduates into Tanzanian schools to support the next wave of pupils in their academic studies, as well as teaching them valuable life skills.

The annual WISE awards recognise projects that are addressing global education challenges, with projects judged according to strict criteria, and must already have demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities and society.

There were a total of six winners in this year’s awards, which were chosen from a shortlist of 15 projects from across nine different countries.

“When I heard that Camfed’s Learner Guide Program was a WISE Award winner 2017, I shouted for joy,” said Lydia Wilbard, the national director of Camfed Tanzania. “I shouted for more than 800 young African women Learner Guides, who are committed to changing the futures of marginalized girls at school.

“What an extraordinary opportunity to raise the voices and acknowledge the expertise of some of the most vulnerable girls in Africa, while contributing to the global knowledge of what works to transform young lives.”