(Waache Wasome means ‘Let Them Learn’ in Swahili)
Waache Wasome is a five-year program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that works to improve enrollment and retention of adolescent girls in secondary school and influence harmful negative perceptions about the value of girls’ education. Waache Wasome is implemented in 67 public secondary schools in four districts in Tanzania’s Arusha and Mara Regions.
Designed as a comprehensive response to address barriers to girls’ education. We are working through Waache Wasome to combat gendered beliefs and practices within homes, schools, and communities and empower adolescent girls to aspire to and reach their full potential to learn and achieve. Waache Wasome is rooted in the principle of putting girls at the center of creating their own agency, while simultaneously addressing the intersecting social norms and economic barriers that exist within families, schools, and communities and restrict girls’ access to education. We work cohesively at institutional, community, and household levels to foster an enabling environment for adolescent girls’ education and change perceptions of the value of girls, while also engaging and empowering adolescent girls to be agents of their own achievement.