Rosemary Mirondo’s report from the event themed ‘Leaving no one behind – Youth walking alongside government to improve learning and decrease dropout’. She highlights the Learner Guide Program’s compatibility with government priorities.
Learner Guides: An ‘essential service’
CAMFED Tanzania introduced this flagship program in 2013, and by the end of 2020 had trained 2,235 young women in Tanzania to be Learner Guides, serving in 416 secondary schools. Their role as mentors, first responders and conveners of support has proved especially vital during the COVID-19 crisis, associated school closures and economic challenges.
Learner Guide outreach pivoted to include phone monitoring or home visits, the organization of small, outdoor study groups, as well as the use of local radio to deliver content including from the My Better World curriculum. These efforts helped CAMFED Tanzania to ensure 100% of supported students returned to classrooms when they reopened.
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In her closing remarks CAMFED Executive Adviser Barbara Chilangwa thanked government ministers, researchers from the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, Learner Guides and all other stakeholders for their commitment, and emphasized that the ongoing scaling process would inform CAMFED’s expansion efforts in Zambia and Zimbabwe. CAMFED Tanzania Board Chair Jeanne Ndyetabura added that our commitment remains to the most marginalized children, and that our collective action is making a transformative impact for this generation.