Maasai girls graduate in Tanzania with the MLL’s help
In 2017, we partnered with the Stephen Lewis Foundation and its field partner, Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO), in the remote Tanzanian community of Arusha. Our grant of $100,000 helped provide quality education, as well as financial support for school fees, meals, supplies, books, uniforms, lodging and food for one year to 100 Maasai girls in their first year of secondary school.
Ndinini Kimesera Sikar, co-founder of MWEDO, was our keynote speaker at our fall conference that year. Much to her delight, at the end of the evening she received a small suitcase filled with thirty tablets and a rechargeable server called a RACHEL-Plus – our Mobile Learning Lab. To our delight, MWEDO has been using the Mobile Learning Lab (MLL) ever since.
In November 2021, 80 girls sat for their National Form Four examinations to enable them to receive a Certificate of Secondary Education Examination. Ndinini wrote to say that the results came out last month and all the girls had passed. This is, in part, Ndinini’s comments:
My belief is that the girls worked very hard and with the support of our Mobile Learning lab, their performance increased so much more.
MWEDO mobile learning lab has been working well for the MWEDO secondary school. We use our MLL on a daily basis; our students and teachers are very happy about this program and have downloaded the Tanzania National curriculum, exams and passed papers for review by all students and teachers. The World Possible team have also supported us to upgrade the program and we now have access to more educational sites.
In the last two years we noticed increased performance in our students for English, Math and Science subjects such as chemistry and biology. The reasons behind this performance is due to girls’ exposure to different learning sites and interesting readings available within the RACHEL Server.
The MWEDO National Form Four results of this year have proved that MLL can seriously improve learning outcomes for our students.
We couldn’t be more pleased to hear that the Mobile Learning Lab has been so effective in helping the MWEDO students be successful in their studies and we extend our congratulations to them.