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 of CAMFED Tanzania, Lydia forges strategic partnerships with communities and government ministries to support the most marginalized girls to go to school, learn and thrive, and 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.

More from Lydia Wilbard

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Young women leading for equity and inclusion in Tanzania

A series of high profile events celebrating our Sisterhood focused on young women’s leadership for equity and inclusion in Tanzania. Once marginalized themselves, members of…

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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…



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…



Girls’ exclusion from education is solvable

Angeline Murimirwa and Lydia Wilbard overcame great odds to complete education, went on to co-found the CAMFED Association of women leaders in Zimbabwe and Tanzania…



Ministry pays heartfelt tribute to Learner Guides’ activism and commitment to girls’ education

On Saturday, 3 October, CAMFED Tanzania welcomed the Hon. Loata Erasto Ole Sanare, Morogoro Regional Commissioner, representing the Hon. Suleiman Jafo, Minister from the President’s…



Advancing Girls’ Rights in Tanzania: The African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) Strengthened My Foundation

Lydia Wilbard, National Director, Tanzania, shares her leadership journey. From losing her mother at a young age to becoming a founding member of the CAMFED…



Supporting girls to succeed and women to lead

A new blog by the Brookings Institution, co-authored by CAMFED Executive Adviser, Barbara Chilangwa, and Millions Learning Project Director, Patrick Hannahan, points to the potential…



Tech-assisted learning takes off in Tanzania

A new video released by the Human Development and Innovation Fund (HDIF) Tanzania, shows how a combination of e-reader technology from Worldreader and mentoring from…



Lydia Wilbard accepts international education innovation award at #WISE17

Today, six high-impact projects from around the globe were honoured with the 2017 WISE Awards, which recognize scalable and replicable projects that demonstrate a transformative…



CAMFED’s Learner Guide Program wins 2017 WISE Award

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a leading international initiative for innovation and collaboration in education, has today named CAMFED Tanzania’s Learner Guide Program…



E-readers boost girls’ education in Tanzania

It’s a winning combination: the lived experience of young women graduates in CAMFED’s CAMA alumnae network paired with e-reader technology, which brings thousands of books…

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