KITE II PROJECT
TANZANIA: OUR ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS TRAINING FOR PARENTS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN
In partnership with Tanzania Growth Trust (TGT) we officially launched in August an entrepreneurship skills training for 60 parents of vulnerable children identified in Dar es Salaam. The session for Temeke was was opened by Ms. Emmanuela Mwingizi, the Ward Development Officer of Kijichi Ward, while in Kinondoni was Ms. Suzigo Alexander, Ward Development Oficer of Bunju ward.
This training is one of the activities of the project titled “KITE II – Ipmroving Quality Education in Kinondoni and Temeke, in Dar es Salaam”, which is implemented in 10 pre and primary public schools, in five wards by We World Tanzania in collaboration KIWOHEDE, and Kinondoni and Temeke Municipalities. This entrepreneurship program includes the provision of skills such as business and financial literacy; formation of community financial groups, saving and lending groups, provision of grant, coaching and mentorship.
“We were poor and our survival solely depended on begging. Now, my son is very enthusiastic and in love with school and even the head teacher commends him for his performance. I bought a plot of land and I managed to pay half of the price.” Sophia, one of the beneficiaries of the skills training.
On 10 September 2020, along we TGT we evaluated business ideas and proposals prepared by 24 parents from 4 project schools in Temeke municipality after attending a five-day-training on entrepreneurship. Every parent presented their idea and justified it, coaches asked questions, helped them to improve the idea and plan, and eventually they wereprovidedwith grants as start-up capital or improving existing businesses.
We also conducted an evaluation of business ideas for 36 parents from 6 project schools of Kinondoni municipality. After the evaluation they were provided with grants capital.
The program provides socio-economic empowerment to women – who are mothers and guardians of the children identified as vulnerable – and their families, with the aim of supporting the wellbeing of vulnerable children. It is expected to directly benefit 140 families – among those identified as most vulnerable- from 10 project schools by the end of the third year of the project implementation – December 2021.
In 2019, a total of 20 parents and 22 children were reached while in 2020 a total of 60 parents and 65 children have been selected and involved. The project involves both children with and without disabilities, and all children identified as beneficiaries are provided with scholastic materials such as school uniforms, exercise books, pens.