My Elevator Pitch

rosemary_ntoipo
Posted March 17, 2017 from Tanzania
Young Maasai men called ilmorran (Moran)
The young men (Moran) are part of a very important group in community decision making. They are future men and when involved in education support process can make sustainable ,positive change on girls education.

My Name is Rosemary Ntoipofrom Tanzania. I use a very holistic, participatory, inclusive method that is civic driven and involves community key decision makers- the men and Moran;to help educate women and girls, to keep them in school and to learn life-skills so that they can break-away from Negative Traditional Practices that hamper their education and sustainable economic advancement.

How to Get Involved

  • Join /support me in training my community on the importance of girls education
  • Help me protect girls and keep them in school by constructing a girls rescue center
  • Make donations of any kind to keep girls in school
  • Support Sustainable Economic Empowerment for women                                 

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Kat Haber
Mar 17, 2017
Mar 17, 2017

I look ve the visuals showing your community! What are Moran?

rosemary_ntoipo
Mar 17, 2017
Mar 17, 2017

Thanks a lot WILDKat, Am happy that you love the visuals. Moran are young men (warriors) from the Maasai community who play a big / crucial role in decision making especially on issues concerning the girl child. The issues include early/ forced marriages, Female Genital Mutilation, early pregnancies that limit their education advancement.

Kat Haber
Mar 18, 2017
Mar 18, 2017

Thank you for the clarification. May females rise in the Masai community. 

rosemary_ntoipo
Mar 18, 2017
Mar 18, 2017

You are most welcome and yes, may the female rise. Thanks.

Warmest regards,

Rosemary.

JulieG
Mar 19, 2017
Mar 19, 2017

Dear Rosemary,

I also enjoyed the visuals and it gave me a better idea of your community members and those your work impacts.   I'm quite interested to learn more about the methods you use, and look forward to following your work here.  Great job!

rosemary_ntoipo
Mar 25, 2017
Mar 25, 2017

For many years girls especially from the pastoral community in my country have faced so many problems among them Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early forced marriages and early unwanted pregnancies all combined with high illiteracy levels, I thought education was the best solution to their problems. I decided to look for possibilities of helping girls get education since am a beneficiary of the same and to give back to other people’s children/daughters.

In 2008, I thought of how I would do this differently and captured it in 3 ways- I call it my HTIs.  Meaning it had to be 1). Holistic,  2).Participatory and 3).Inclusive.

It has to be holistic, why?- girls need education that is supported by health care+ knowledge on HIV/AIDs , they needed to be protected from FGM, early forced marriages and early unwanted pregnancies. It also needed to incorporate sustainable livelihood practice to support and help women be self reliant and afford basic needs such as sanitary towels, soap, pens, etc for their daughters and food for their families all these be addressed from a rights’ perspective.

It has to be Participatory, why?- For girls to get quality education everyone needs to take part. Meaning all, stakeholders have to take part especially the community key-decision makers (the men both young and old) and be on the driving seat together to achieve good results. This is to help them “own the process as something of their own”.

It has to be inclusive-why? -  Meaning non-discriminatory where the issue of ethical clans which is common among pastoral communities, age groups, gender, disability does not arise. It includes all.   

Girls and women training-Based on these facts of the process I then decided to implement. I started training girls and women on live skills to help them understand their rights and embrace and own this as a gift for them. I also train women on sustainable economic practices that are environmental friendly.

Youth/ Moran ( HTP avoidance group )- with the help of one young man volunteer, established a men youth group popularly known in my community as Ilmorran/ Moran to train and help them understand the importance of girls education and learn girls and women rights for them to support them. This is a very important group because it can change the perception of the older men generation,  for men tend to listen to each other and easy to convince. This ensures sustainability because when they respond they will pass it over to other generations to come. I want use them to advocate for positive change. Through Art- Cultural dance and participate in radio talk/ TV shows to capture the wide inaccessible areas

The boys have sisters, cousins and nieces and need to understand that they need to help them by speaking out in support girls’ education. We have boys clubs in schools where we discuss and train them on how to help/ support girls. Our methods are quite friendly and enjoyable for all ages.

Results-At the end of last year through my organization, I issued certificates to grandaunts from one Vocational Training Institution that I train to appreciate them and as ambassadors of positive change. Present during the event were government authority and education officials who recognized and appreciated my effort on the training of girls and gave me the mandate to train girls in their public schools. Today, in one vocational training center I have managed to train210students.                                                                  .                                                                              The moran youth group has 15 representatives on training                                                           Many more people who have come to learn what I do appreciate and are getting involved.  Already some Institutions from media/ communication and community development are visiting on study tour learn more from us.                                                                                                                                                                  I , also managed to rescue some girls from early forced marriage and took them to school. One of them completes school this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                       The methods that I use are advocacy and training. I intend to do more advocacy, training and awareness creation in workshops/ seminars/  through radio/TV shows since my goal is to improve accessibility to quality education and retention for girls in schools for future sustainable development.

Mar 25, 2017
Mar 25, 2017
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rosemary_ntoipo
Mar 25, 2017
Mar 25, 2017

Hi Julie, Thanks a lot. Am happy that you enjoyed the visuals and to learn that you need to know the methods I use. I thought of writing more details to make you understand why I use these kind of methods. Again, there are more to this like the art- cultural dance, concerts that are within the method.

Thanks and very warm regards,

Rosemary

Am very  

BarbaraP
Mar 20, 2017
Mar 20, 2017

Dear Rosemary,

I enjoyed your video as it showed the schools where you are doing your work.  I'd like to hear more about your methods of training the moran and boys in how to protect girls' and women's rights.  As I have visited the Maasai people (in Kenya) and found my guide had two wives-with one very young-I am very interested in hearing about your progress.  I wish you much success!

Asante,

Barbara

rosemary_ntoipo
Mar 25, 2017
Mar 25, 2017

For many years girls especially from the pastoral community in my country have faced so many problems among them Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early forced marriages and early unwanted pregnancies all combined with high illiteracy levels, I thought education was the best solution to their problems. I decided to look for possibilities of helping girls get education since am a beneficiary of the same and to give back to other people’s children/daughters.

In 2008, I thought of how I would do this differently and captured it in 3 ways- I call it my HTIs.  Meaning it had to be 1). Holistic,  2).Participatory and 3).Inclusive.

It has to be holistic, why?- girls need education that is supported by health care+ knowledge on HIV/AIDs , they needed to be protected from FGM, early forced marriages and early unwanted pregnancies. It also needed to incorporate sustainable livelihood practice to support and help women be self reliant and afford basic needs such as sanitary towels, soap, pens, etc for their daughters and food for their families all these be addressed from a rights’ perspective.

It has to be Participatory, why?- For girls to get quality education everyone needs to take part. Meaning all, stakeholders have to take part especially the community key-decision makers (the men both young and old) and be on the driving seat together to achieve good results. This is to help them “own the process as something of their own”.

It has to be inclusive-why? -  Meaning non-discriminatory where the issue of ethical clans which is common among pastoral communities, age groups, gender, disability does not arise. It includes all.   

Girls and women training-Based on these facts of the process I then decided to implement. I started training girls and women on live skills to help them understand their rights and embrace and own this as a gift for them. I also train women on sustainable economic practices that are environmental friendly.

Youth/ Moran ( HTP avoidance group )-Next with the help of one young man volunteer, established a men youth group popularly known in my community as Ilmorran/ Moran to help them understand the importance of girls education and learn girls and women rights for them to support them. This is a very important group because it can change the perception of the older men generation,  for men tend to listen to each other and easy to convince. This ensures sustainability because when they respond they will pass it over to other generations to come. I want use them to advocate for positive change. Through Art- Cultural dance and participate in radio talk/ TV shows to capture the wide inaccessible areas

The boys have sisters, cousins and nieces and need to understand that they need to help them by speaking out in support girls’ education. We have boys clubs where we discuss and train them on how to help them.

Results-At the end of last year through my organization, I issued certificates to grandaunts from one Vocational Training Institution that I train to appreciate them and as ambassadors of positive change. Present during the event were government authority and education officials who recognized and appreciated my effort on the training of girls and gave me the mandate to train girls in their public schools. Today, in one vocational training center I have managed to train 210 students.                                                                                                                          The moran youth group has 15 representatives on training.                                                                                                                                            Many more people who have come to learn what I do appreciate and are getting involved.  Already some Institutions from media/ communication and community development are visiting on study tour learn more from us.                                                                                                                                                                  I , also managed to rescue some girls from early forced marriage and took them to school. One of them completes school this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                The methods that I use are advocacy and training. I intend to do more advocacy, training and awareness creation in workshops/ seminars/  through radio/TV shows since my goal is to improve accessibility to quality education and retention for girls in schools for future sustainable development.

rosemary_ntoipo
Mar 25, 2017
Mar 25, 2017

Dear Barbara,

Thanks alot. Am very happy to learn that you enjoyed the video. I thought of writing more details for you to know why I use this kind of methods. They methods include,cultural dances and concert.

Again, Asante sana and very warm regards,

Rosemary