Education Access Program
Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO) is a not-governmental women-led organization established in the year 2000. MWEDO empowers women to enhance sustainable equitable and human development for Maasai women through access to Education, Women Economic Empowerment and maternal health and HIV/AIDS education. MWEDO is a membership organization with over 5,000 grassroots women members from Arusha and Manyara regions of Tanzania.
Education Access Program (EAP):
The overall goal of the education program is to provide education opportunities to underserved communities and promote education amongst Maasai women and girls through access to education. The objective is to reach out to more girls’ and increase the number of girls who access education opportunities to over 1000 girls by 2015. The organization currently supports over 400 girls through school fees, boarding, medical, transport, and study learning exchange activities.
The other component our Education Access Program is the adult literacy activities provided to adult young women, who were not able to access opportunities through formal education, the illiteracy rate is estimate at 75 among women and 80% among women in Maasai communities. The 5,000 women under this program are determined to learn to read, write and simple numeracy for the very first time in their lives. The Adult Literacy Education has come as tool for women empowerment since the women become more confident as they learn several skills including business and leadership skills. They are now able to contribute effectively in decision making meeting and more capable of forwarding their demands to local and national governments.
MWEDO Girls Secondary School;
In order to accommodate ever rising demands for education amongst Maasai girls and young women, MWEDO recently opened a secondary school for girls. The school began early 2011 with over 100 students. The school offers sciences and business learning including Arts and cultural studies. Almost all the students are boarders since most of them come from far to reach and underserved communities. The school enables girls to access formal education opportunity while engaging themselves in other technical skills including learning handmade products and continuing indigenous knowledge.
MWEDO students at their new school; The school also serves as a safe place for many maasai girls who have run away from forced marriages including those girls from low income families.