Project information

Tanzania School Health Clubs

Working with primary/secondary schools in northern Tanzania this project supports health clubs, which educate and empower girls and challenge gender inequality through raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM), early/forced marriages, domestic abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

July 2017 - July 2018

Charity information: African Initiatives

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  • Need


    In rural communities in Tanzania, gender inequality means many girls do not complete primary education, dropping out for a number of reasons e.g. being victims of FGM, early and forced marriage, early pregnancy or physical and sexual abuse which can put them at risk of contracting HIV. There is also a general lack of information and education, both at home and in school, on child rights, child protection, dangers of practices such as FGM, and reliable information on HIV and AIDs.


    We are working with 44 primary and 26 secondary schools in northern Tanzania to support the development of health clubs. These clubs provide a forum for students to support each other socially and academically, as well as learn about wider issues including FGM, early and forced marriage, child rights and HIV. As a result, girls have more confidence in negotiating relationships and standing up for themselves when it comes to basic rights.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support Health clubs in Primary and Secondary schools in Northern Tanzania.


    » Run health clubs and train peer educators to engage with wider school population.
    » Establish a club manual covering key issues (FGM, HIV, early and forced marriage).
    » Participation of more than 3,000 students over the cycle of the project.

    The effective running of an estimated 70 health clubs that engage with over 3,000 students will determine the success of the project.

    Aim 2

    Set up traditional Baraza system to work with clubs.


    » Elect students from each year to represent their peers on governing committees.
    » Elected students to advocate for desired changes, provide a participatory forum for students and a genuine voice in decision making processes.

    Engagement of elected students on governing committees

    Aim 3

    Strengthen child protection policies and procedures.


    » Work with teachers in developing child protection policies and procedures.
    » Provide teacher training on topics such as child rights and HIV to support pupils, health clubs and elected Baraza students.

    Implementation of written child protection policy’s for each schools

  • Impact


    In parts of Tanzania it is believed girls under the age of 15 years cannot get HIV. Spreading knowledge through clubs will dispel such misconceptions and increase reliable information on key issues. The legacy of the project will be through peer educators spreading the message to others in their school/community. The clubs will also be embedded in the school timetable so future students will benefit. Both these factors will ensure the project continues to have an impact in the longer term.


    The biggest risk would be not having the full ‘buy in’ or cooperation of the school, specifically the head teacher. However we will provide training for teachers and head teachers alongside the project to highlight the issues and the importance of the project. We will also nominate two teachers as champions of the project who will support the development of health clubs in their school.


    Donors will receive a 6 month and end of project report detailing success in that period as well as information on on-going and forthcoming activities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,247 Set up Baraza/Club Setting Up and Leadership Training
      £8,683 Follow up Club Follow Up and Baraza Elections
      £681 Community Outreach School Health Clubs Community Outreach
      £432 Resources Resources(Club Manuals, Children’s Rights Books & Sports Equip
      £2,432 Child Protection Development of Child Protection Policies and Practices (Ward Level)
      £3,525 PM and MEL Project Management (PM) and Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) costs
  • Background


    Tanzania remains a poor country with an education system ranked 143/181. Its gender inequality index is 119/146. Girls from pastoralist communities are underrepresented at primary school, dropout rates are higher and poor performance increased due to a number of factors including FGM and early/forced marriage. In Tanzania pastoralist girls have a 70-90% chance of getting married before 18. Gender based violence is endemic in communities, with 16.7% of girls reporting such incidents at school.


    The project will work in Northern Tanzania with a large majority of students coming from the Massai community. The project will target primary and secondary school children in 6 districts in Northern Tanzania.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    African Initiatives has worked on girls’ education projects in Ghana and Tanzania for almost 2 decades. Over the years we have developed strong relationships with in country grassroots partners who understand the marginalized communities we support. We have experience of delivering health clubs, child protection workshops and advocating on health related issues.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pastoral Women’S Council (PWC)

    A partner who we have worked with for almost 20 years. PWC work to address lack of education for Maasai girls and rights for women.

    Community Aid And Small Enterprises Consultancy (CASEC)

    A partner we have worked with almost 10 years. Promotes human and social development as the foundation for tackling poverty and injustice.


    a partner who aims to work together with local communities to assess their needs and approach issues in a collaborative way.

“We will only change the current situation of the Maasai girls if we build their confidence. Being confident will enable them to claim their rights and refuse the things that are barriers to their education.”

Resi Kisiaya