Our academic interventions happen in existing public and private schools. These partnerships help to strengthen parent associations, build teacher and administration capacity, and widen the reach of our impact.
Our interventions are divided into two categories: School Level support and Post School support. Click below to learn more about how we support girls' education:
Our Basic School program is focused on removing material barriers to education.
In order to do this, TuaRes offers:
All girls are provided with a daily school canteen, which is critical as hunger is linked with difficulty concentrating and low information retention.
In order to ensure that education does not harm the family economically, TuaRes pays pay the girls' school fees, and also provides each girl with an annual school kit that includes books, pens, notebooks and other necessities like hygiene kits. To encourage outside learning such as homework and reading, we also give each girl a solar lamp, so they can study in the evening. Some of the girls must walk very long distances to school, which can pose a security threat. In those cases, we are able to provide the girls with bicycles.
A trained psychologist works at each of our project sites to provide guidance and emotional support. The psychologists' work with the girls, their families, and local communities to educate and promote the value of girls' education through information campaigns. We work with international partners to provide the girls with sexual education so that each girl is able to make informed choices and seek healthy relationships.
TuaRes recruits and trains teachers at the schools to give tuition classes to reinforce their regular lessons. These classes are particularly helpful for the girls to gain confidence in their regular school subjects.
It's difficult for students to succeed if they cannot see the chalkboard. We work with a partner organization to provide girls with annual eye exams and glasses.
Emergency support for more serious illnesses
In the case of more serious illnesses, we have set up an emergency fund that will allow us to provide financial support if the parents can not afford a treatment.
Skills for the Future
The Skills for the Future program aims to increase girls' professional capacities. These programs use original curricula developed by TuaRes:
This is accomplished by our offering of:
Our computer literacy program focuses on basic computer manipulation, knowledge, security, and research.
English Excellence (Sunshine)
Though English is offered in regular classes, we use these classes as an opportunity to focus on listening and speaking abilities.
The Life Skills program is centered around our annual summer camp.
The summer camp is open to the girls at or near the top of their class. The aim of the camp is to emphasize practical education and to promote self-esteem.
In addition to sessions focused on self-confidence, leadership, and teamwork, there are annual sessions on how to repair bicycles, on how to administer first aid, and on self-defense. Girls from all project sites are invited and are encouraged to make friends and to socialize.
Learn to Earn Programs
The Learn to Earn programs target the professional development of vulnerable girls and their mothers.
Girls who express interest in leaving traditional academic school can be eligible for additional support at vocational school. They chiefly study to become tailors, beauticians, nurses and teachers.
Income Generating Activities
The mothers of the sponsored girls are afforded the opportunity to participate in our VSLA (Village Savings and Loan Association) trainings or to start small businesses.
The Next Generation program supports girls after their graduation from both secondary school and the TuaRes program.
The Dr. Anja Hermes University Scholarship
This four-year university scholarship is awarded to each year's best performing TuaRes sponsor.
TuaRes Alumnae Network
Throughout the year, TuaRes organizes professional development and networking opportunities for graduates of the TuaRes program.
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