Several stories from across the regions in which EQUIP-Tanzania works highlight the positive role PTPs have played in supporting girls’ education.
In Chemba District, parents prevented their children from taking exams, asking them to fail purposely so that girls could get married and boys could continue helping the family with income-generating activities. PTPs in all schools conducted sensitisation meetings with parents and educated them on the importance of education. “Every year, girls performance was very poor in this school, while we were thinking on what to do, we talked to girls in school and it was realized that the main obstacle for success were parents, we had to use PTP and School Committee to talk and educate fellow parents to understand the great need of educating girls. Last year 25 girls passed compared to 9 girls last year” Mwasala WEC in Nzega district.
At Kilulu Primary School (Simiyu), “the issue of menstrual hygiene was affecting girls’ education. Most girls did not attend school during their menstrual period every month due to unavailability of safe and private girl’s toilets. Community, through PTP involvement, were able to build two toilets with special facilities for disposal of sanitary towels” Kanali Msesi (Ward Education Coordinator).
In Dodoma, the parents of a girl in Standard 4 prevented her from taking the exam. The PTP spoke to the family about the importance of educating girls and she was allowed to take the exam.