Despite the constraints of child rights implementation in Mwanza Tanzania, Amani Girls Home (AGH) intends to enhance quality of pre-primary education and prepare children for primary education in Mwanza fishing communities through holistic and community driven Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs. The program aims to empower women in microfinance programs to support their children's education and home life with the focus of improving health care, early learning, nutrition, protection and social outcomes of young children. AGH also works to build community and institutional capacity to correctly interpret and use available child policies, laws and frameworks for implementing holistic ECD programs. AGH will use a life circle approach involving all community actors through their daily activities to positively support the implementation of a holistic ECD program. The goal is to fast-track the process by which all children in Mwanza fishing communities have access to contextually and culturally holistic ECD services necessary for them to thrive and physically develop to their full potential.
Amani Girls Home uses an ecological model approach which utilizes an ECD circle of influence. This involves many actors, including the private sector and public sector and CSOs and individuals within the community. Together, these actors address the importance of quality holistic ECD service provision and spark changes within the community toward ECD practice and service provision in Mwanza fishing communities. AGH inclusively and radically collaborates with local ECD stakeholders, LGAs, District Council leaders, political leaders and the wider system in Ilemela, Nyamagana and Sengerema districts to ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development care and pre-primary education.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportTutoringParental/community engagement in support of studentsCommunity resourcesEarly Childhood DevelopmentEnglish languageEntrepreneurship skillsVocational/technical skills
Model details2010Health/NutritionMath/numeracyLiteracyEnglish languageEntrepreneurship skillsVocational/technical skillsActiveLong-term projectCross-subsidization7525%75%
BeneficiariesOrphans and vulnerable children
The program empowers women in microfinance program to support their children's education and home life with the focus of improving health care, early learning, nutrition, protection and social outcomes of young children. The Amani Girls Home also builds community and institutional capacity to correctly interpret and use available child policies, laws, and frameworks for implementing holistic ECD programs.
TechnologyCameraComputerMobile phoneRadioLearning materials for studentsTracking student performance
Scale2525 local ECD teachers are trained each year3528 Preprimary and ECD centers, 7 community deliven ECD centers are currently active1515 sets of teaching and learning materials distributedJune, 2015
The program started in Ilemela and Nyamagana district. To date there are operations in three districts (Ilemela, Nyamagana and Sengerema district).
The Amani Girls Home plans to enter into strategic partnerships for program growth and replication.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
A monitoring and evaluation (M&E) program with basic tools is in place. Program staff are trained on MIS (Monitoring Information System) but the program has not started using it yet, as the program feels more technical support is needed. The outcomes of the evaluation conclude that the project has great significance in the area and hence should continue. The M&E program demonstrates sound resuluts that show need for scale-up in other areas. However, some challenges include inadequate project funding and lack of skilled local pre-primary teachers in the project area.
It is recommended that adequate funding be provided to enable increased project coverage. It is also recommended the AGH build its capacity to deliver strong and tangible women's microfinance programs, to support children's education and home life, recruitment of skilled pre-primary school teachers, increase community participation and mobilization as step towards community ownership of the project after the end of the project.
Data is collected on a monthly basis, used for reporting, CSE building, shared with partners, for fundraising and proposal development, documentation, and showcasing results for humanitarian investors.Ability to reach the poorStudent attendanceTeacher retentionIncreased enrollmentCost effectiveness/value for moneyMonthlyNoYes