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Lydia Wilbard’s life experience resonates strongly with that of the young women reached by CAMFED’s programs. Completing her secondary education against great personal odds, Lydia ran several successful businesses to fund her high school and university education. As a founding member of the CAMFED Association in Tanzania in 2005, she became an active business mentor and leader within this network of young educated women, who are united in their determination to support the next generation of children to access their right to education and be empowered to drive change in their communities. Now, as Executive Director: Learning & Engagement, Lydia forges strategic partnerships with communities and government ministries to support the most marginalized girls to go to school, learn and thrive, and she leads on the implementation of our peer mentorship program, the Learner Guide Program, at scale.

Awarded a competitive scholarship by the government of the United States, Lydia earned a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a degree from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences.

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International Women's Day 2024 - Count me in!

For a more inclusive and equitable world, educate girls and support young women into independence and influence. Can we count you in this IWD?

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Our girls' education experts in the media

Members of CAMFED's global sisterhood speak about all things girls' education and women's leadership and how - together - we rise by lifting others.

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A coalition for education systems transformation

CAMFED Tanzania welcomed H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and former president of Tanzania, and Laura Frigenti, GPE…

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Women Deliver 2023 - Girls' education as the foundation for gender equality

CAMFED's Angie Murimirwa and Lydia Wilbard attended the Women Deliver 2023 conference to share their expertise at a number of sessions, including in the Education…

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Devex highlights lessons from CAMFED's community-led model

Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED's CEO, and Lydia Wilbard, CAMFED's Executive Director: Learning and Engagement, have spoken in a newly-released interview about the importance of recognizing and…

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Our journey to transforming education systems through youth-led innovation

CAMFED's close collaboration with government Ministries and research partners is looking at how we scale youth-led programs that drive up learning outcomes and post-school opportunities…

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Girls can be the catalyst for change in their communities

The REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge has announced new research working collaboratively with CAMFED and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.…

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Lydia Wilbard

When Lydia Wilbard was just 10 years old, her mother died. From that moment on, Lydia dreamed of becoming a nurse so that she could…

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Watch Devex conversation #2: Good governance for girls' education

The second conversation in the online series hosted by the Hilton Foundation and Devex under the theme "The Future of Humanitarian Action: The Power of…

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Celebrate with us at the 2021 Hilton Humanitarian Prize Ceremony

On October 13th, 2021, three of our leaders - Angeline Murimirwa, Fiona Mavingha and Lydia Wilbard - accepted the 2021 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize…

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Government underscores support for scaling the Learner Guide Program across Tanzania

At an Education Sector Stakeholder Meeting held on September 23 in Dar es Salaam, co-hosted by CAMFED Tanzania and the Tanzania Education Network/Mtandao wa Elimu…

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