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Girls' Education

Transforming Education for Girls in Nigeria and Tanzania (TEGINT), funded by Comic Relief and the Tubney Charitable Trust, seeks to achieve a transformation in the education of girls in northern Tanzania and northern Nigeria by addressing underlying gender inequalities both in school and in the community.

The project works on five objectives:

  • To build the capacity of girls (and boys) to challenge gender discrimination
  • To promote participatory modules on gender and HIV/AIDS in national pre-service and in-service teacher training
  • To build capacity and provide ongoing support to school management committees and the wider community addressing HIV/AIDS and girls rights in education
  • To facilitate the development of legal and policy frameworks and good practice that will enhance and protects girls’ rights in school
  • To build the capacity of national NGOs - CAPP and Maarifa Ni Ufunguo - as leading national organizations in education, gender and HIV/AIDS.

TEGINT is implemented by Maarifa ni Ufunguo in Tanzania and Community Action for Popular Participation in Nigeria. It works in 57 schools in northern Tanzania and in 72 schools in northern Nigeria. Girls in and out of school are at the heart of the project. 

TEGINT has contributed towards:

  • Increasing enrolment and completion rates in primary schools by up to 50%
  • Establishing Girls Clubs in all schools with fully trained ‘matron’ facilitators, providing girls with a safe space to meet, articulate their school needs and rights, learn, and share their learning with the wider community and duty bearers
  • Supporting participatory and gender sensitive teaching methodologies, which girls testimonies show make lessons more interesting, fun and inclusive
  • Putting in place School Development Plans enabling school management committees to effectively raise funds from the government and local donors for the school
  • Changing the mindsets, attitudes and behaviour of traditional and religious leaders, parents, and other community members that have negatively affected girls’ education and wellbeing
  • Supporting local and national campaigns, advocacy initiatives and media work to promote girls education and gender equality.

As a result of girls’ membership to the Girls’ Club, they have developed a great deal of self-confidence. We have some [girls] who have dropped out of school and the girls’ club members are able to visit them and we find out that most are re-enrolling into school, which is an encouragement to us.

(Matron of a Girls Club, northern Tanzania).

TEGINT has partnerships with research institutions in the UK and in Nigeria and Tanzania. The comparative Baseline Research report, compiled by the Institute of Education, is available on this site (see Related Links).