Fulfilling the aspirations of the young
Every year, about 500 young people in Babati leave school armed with only a primary education.
With no life skills and no job skills, many feel hopeless, worthless and disenfranchised from the world around them.
As a result, these young people can be exploited easily for religious, economic or sexual purposes.
That is why we will do everything in our power over the next five years to make sure these young people are not left alone. We will do all we can to put purpose back into their lives.
The Babati Town Director's Office is eager to address the problem of disenfranchised young people, and wants to establish a pilot Youth Development Project at the Gendi Primary School.
This project would provide two-year residential training courses for young people from the ward.
The first year aims to rebuild confidence, with mentors working alongside students to help them adjust to a more student-centric learning environment. Using computer tablets, the students will relearn the basics of their education, so that, by Year 2, they are ready for vocational training.
This is likely to include carpentry, catering, masonry and tailoring, providing the skills the young people will need for a lifelong career - as well as a purpose as they make their way in the world.
Our Role in the Programme
In line with our community-centric approach, we will work alongside the Babati Town Director's Office to help facilitate this pilot project, providing the necessary facilities and resources to get the project off the ground.
We have been asked to fund the building of two dormitories with toilet and shower blocks. This will ensure that any young people who live too far from the venue can stay overnight.
We will also contribute to the purchase of the tablets, as well as set-up costs, ensuring that all the resources needed for success are in place from Day One.