In many large families in Tanzania, achieving higher educational status and its success are usually focused on the first-born male. Education for girls generally has lower priority and hence do no receive adequate support to pursue higher education. As a result, girls often have to drop out of school because they are married off at an early age or have to work to support the family.
Other reasons girls leave school early are due to pregnancy and/or HIV infections. New infections are also more likely to affect girls than boys: four out of five people infected with HIV between 15 and 24 years of age are girls.
Many of the games developed by Jambo Bukoba are specially designed for girls because a sense of achievement in sport boosts self-confidence
Empowering girls is considered as a means to reduce unwanted pregnancies and to curb HIV infections, because girls who actively participate in sport are less likely to be sexually active at an early age. But most importantly, prejudices held by boys disappear because they experience girls’ strengths when playing sport.
Jambo Bukoba works to give girls more self-confidence and help boys overcome prejudices and experience girls’ strengths.
We work to
- bring more girls into leading roles such as class representative or team captain
- significantly reduce new HIV/AIDS infections
- lower school drop-out rates