Waache Wasome “Let them Learn”

Waache Wasome works to improve enrollment and retention of adolescent girls in secondary school and influence harmful negative perceptions about the value of girls’ education.






2016 - 2021

“Let Them Learn”

Waache Wasome’s comprehensive model empowers girls to create and achieve their goals while also addressing the intersectional social norms and economic barriers that constrain their ability to remain and excel in school. Many girls in Tanzania face challenges that threaten their potentials. As a girl fights for her education, her family also must be willing and able to pay for her fees. She may become pregnant or be forced to marry, driving her out of school. She may not even know she has the power to transform her own life.

After listening to, understanding, and collaborating with girls and community-based organizations, we have identified the following as core objectives of Waache Wasome:

  1. Build the agency, knowledge, and protective assets of girls in secondary school
  2. Increase family commitment and capacity to invest in girls’ education
  3. Foster a girl-friendly and supportive school environment
  4. Provide alternative education pathways for girls who have dropped out of secondary school due to pregnancy and/or marriage
Maximizing Impact, Together

In order to maximize impact, the project was designed to be in line with the priorities of Tanzania’s 2014 Education and Training Policy and National Plan of Action to End Violence Against Women and Children. Building on our experience working with local government authorities to support the dissemination and implementation of national policy in Tanzania also encourages sustainable outcomes.

Working closely with local government authorities, school and community leadership, teachers, and parents enable us to achieve these objectives sustainably. Together, we will deliver a holistic package of interventions to all 67 public secondary day schools and 268 surrounding communities in target districts, contributing to the country’s vision of educated, safe, and empowered girls and women.