When Neema finished primary school, her father announced that she must get married. A man from a village far from Neema’s home had given her father many cows as payment for her. Neema was only 13 years-old while the man was 38 and already had two wives.
Neema’s mother and brothers were against the marriage. They knew Neema desperately wanted to continue her education. They pleaded her case with her father until he finally relented. He gave back the cows to Neema’s intended husband and agreed to let her go to secondary school.
Unfortunately, Neema’s academic skills were inadequate to gain admission, so she had to do a remedial year in a pre-secondary program. When she started, she was an “F” student in every class. Today she’s in secondary school, has a “D” average and is working to improve to a “C”. And, she was able to accomplish this when more than 50% of Tanzania’s students were never able to pass the admissions exam for secondary school!
Neema is filled with joy to be continuing her education. Her acceptance has given her confidence. Her grade improvement has shown her that hard work will allow her to improve. She hopes to become a teacher and return to her village to help the school there better prepare its students for secondary school admission, and give other children a pathway to a better life.
15 OCT 2017[font=OpenSansRegular, arial, sans-serif] [/font] [font=Verdana]When we last updated Neema’s situation, she had learned that her semester grade level did not reach her secondary school’s academic requirements and that she would have to transfer to vocational school. So, she enrolled in St. Francis Vocational School, located in Usa River.[/font] Neema’s most recent report card showed that she had achieved an average grade for the semester of a “B” and had placed 13th in her class of 85 students. Neema is currently doing field which is a key requirement at all vocational schools and oftentimes results in an offer of employment upon completion of the assignment and her vocational studies. We are hopeful that with Neema’s attitude and work ethic she will receive a job offer and a solid career ahead of her. Thank you to Givology supporters for helping make Neema’s continuing education possible and saving her from a forced marriage at the age 14. [font=OpenSansRegular, arial, sans-serif] ...