The Ability to Understand, Share and Own a Process.

rosemary_ntoipo
Posted March 2, 2017 from Tanzania
Students and a lecturer from the Institute of Media and Social Studies during a study tour.
During our volunteer training/ meeting students from higher learning Institutions, are encouraged and helped to build their career and personal development.

I sat looking at the faces of some young girls I taught in one rural urban school not knowing what their future held. I was recently posted to the school . My work experience gave me a diverse way of analyzing girls issues and this time I knew some girls had problems, they withdrew themselves from active participation in school activities they enjoyed.

Some class teachers too had noticed the difference. They suspected some five girls were pregnant and which had turned out to be true. They were pregnant. The girls were in different classes and below 18 years of age.

They did not mix freely with the others and had their jerseys on even when the sun was very hot. They had become shy and withdrew from their previous friendly groups. I realized this was going to affect their future. I decided and managed to help them get another chance to complete school, which they eventual did.

I thought of other girls who were likely to fall into a similar situation. It was then that I decided to make the difference by training girls in schools on life skills.

Many schools realized how interesting and powerful my sessions on life skills were. I started getting invitations from many schools to help train their girls (pupils/ students). According to the feed backs from the Institutions and teachers, the pregnancy rates had gone down while others had no more pregnancy cases reported,

Girls were able to approach me privately to share their problems which we manged to solve together. They preferred to have their personal problems kept secret which I respected.

At this point I was only using an experience / encounter I had with girls who had lots of problems they feared to disclose. I realized that when given a second chance and guided they will make their lives better. Where will they turn to if we don't help them?

Many years later, I decided to go an extra mile to develop a training manual that generally captured girls in urban/ semi urban and rural schools.

Amazingly, I also realized that the same training manual was applicable to women life skill training and started training women using it.

"Today, I see the power of my though and belief in creating a better space to positively change girls and future women. It has also improved retention rates in schools. Again, most girls courageously express how the training and their decisions made them who they are today in society.Through my training them on how to use digital technology I see them getting more connected and sharing acquired skills so support each other."

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Anne D.
Mar 03, 2017
Mar 03, 2017

Rosemary, thank you for doing the work you do and for recognizing these girls needed help. Life skills are so important. It seems the job of teaching those skills often falls to educators. Young people may be reluctant to talk to their parents about certain things. You’re providing support and empowering them too. You’re making a real difference in their lives!  

rosemary_ntoipo
Mar 04, 2017
Mar 04, 2017

Thanks a lot Anne. Am very grateful. I hope that some day their problems will become a thing of the past. I would like them to complete school before getting pregnant. The reason to this is, if we help them every time they get pregnant then we will have child mothers in schools. That was the reason for my providing them with life skills to avoid running into such problems. Thanks  for your encouragement Anne. Lets make difference together.

With very warm regards,

Rosemary.

Ann Forsthoefel
Mar 08, 2017
Mar 08, 2017

Dear Rosemary,

What an amazing project and education for a young girl is greater than any jewels. An education will enable them to do so much and will give them the confidence to know any thing is possible.

Blessings to you! 

Ann

rosemary_ntoipo
Mar 09, 2017
Mar 09, 2017

Dear Ann,

Thanks a lot. Like you mentioned, education for a young girl is greater than any jewels and will enable them do so much and gain confidence to know anything is possible. This is very important.

Lots of blessings to you too Ann.

Very warm regards,

Rosemary.

Alex DeCino
Mar 08, 2017
Mar 08, 2017

Rosemary,

Teaching positive life skills at that age is incredibly important!  You are doing such important work by positively connecting and influencing all of these young women!  Keep doing what you are doing!

rosemary_ntoipo
Mar 09, 2017
Mar 09, 2017

Dear Alexdecino,

Thanks a lot and very grateful. Yes,positive life skills are very important to the young. I hope to reach out may more.

Again, thanks a lot. I appreciate.

With very warm regards,

Rosemary.

rosemary_ntoipo
Mar 17, 2017
Mar 17, 2017

Dear Alexdecino,

Thanks a lot and very grateful. Yes,positive life skills are very important to the young. I hope to reach out may more.

Again, thanks a lot. I appreciate.

With very warm regards,

Rosemary.