#GivingTuesday - Give Children in the Mara Region a Second Chance

Support 20,000 Out-of-School Children to Re-enrol in Education

Graça Machel Trust (ZA) A Project of G | KBFUS Funds

"We can achieve anything when we work collectively rather than individually."

" I am telling them not give me for marriage at this time and give me a chance to continue with Memkwa(COBET) so that I can even know how to read and write but they are still disturbing me to get married so that my brother can get cows to use as dowry to marry", Deborah narrates.

Deborah cited frequent pressure of forced early marriage as one of the greatest challenges she faces. Living in a remote village of Tarime District in Tanzania's Mara Region, Deborah Keng'anya sees the Mara Out -Of School Children Project as not only an opportunity to enable her to get education but also to save her from forced marriage.The 15 year old girl now attends COBET classes at Keisangura primary school center which is located a few kilometers away from her village of Keisangura.

Deborah is one of 3.5 million out of school children (OOSC) in Tanzania. In the Mara Region of Tanzania, where our project is located, communities are characterized by high levels of poverty; with the main source of income being subsistence farming. This is exacerbated by single parent households, poor living conditions and high rates of child labor. Mara also ranks third highest in prevalence rates of child marriage in Tanzania and is in the top ten on female genital mutilation (FGM) which negatively affects girls, rural communities and those who are economically marginalized from accessing education. Despite the government's introduction of free primary education, thousands of children are unable to obtain an education and are at risk of being left behind. The chart below reflects whether or not a child has ever been to school in the Mara Region:


As part of its mission to protect and promote the rights of children through advocacy and action, the Graça Machel Trust identified the Mara Region as a potential area in which to mobilize a multi-sectoral response to the multiple challenges faced by children in that region. The GMT then mobilized a partnership comprising government ministries, civil society organizations, the private sector and community based organizations in what has now come to be known as the Mara Alliance.

You can help us change this by supporting our unique approach which mobilizes parents, school governing bodies, community leaders and teachers as champions advocating for the reintegration of out of school children. It seeks to build a movement that will respond to the challenge faced in the enrolment and retention of out of school children in the wards, districts and provinces beyond the lifetime of the project.

The Mara Alliance and the Graça Machel Trust have partnered to:

●Identify, enroll and retain 20,000 out-of-school children aged 7-17 years old in quality primary education by the end of 2018.

By donating today you will provide a more prosperous future for 20,000 children by sending them back to school and keeping them in a functional and effective schooling system. The project is already making progress as indicated below, but still needs significant resources to meet our targets and grow the project for long term sustainability:

●We created awareness about the plight of out of school children and the goal of the project by reaching 498 Village Chairs and other community leaders in 9 districts in the Mara region.

●An accelerated learning program, Complementary Basic Education in Tanzania (COBET) that was initiated by the government in the 1990s has been revived to give kids a second chance at learning. To date, 200 COBET centers have been established and linked to primary schools where the teaching and learning will occur.

●With the involvement of the community, we have identified and profiled 11,666 OOS children and over 8,000 have started classes.

●We assessed a total of 247 primary schools to assess their service delivery in 12 key areas.

●40 trainers were trained in the 12 priority areas that form an essential minimum package of care and support required to keep children in school, ensure they perform well and avoid school dropout.

●432 COBET teachers were trained in March 2017 and 213 paraprofessionals have been recruited to work with teachers to educate students.


Your support will help us to move to the next step and achieve the following goals:

  1. Reintegrate the remaining 12,000 OOSC identify and profile out of school children in the remaining 4 Districts to prepare for year two enrolment.
  2. Setup 430 COBET centers in 8 districts by the end of 2018.
  3. Set up income generation projects, savings clubs, life skills and vocational training programs for older children.
  4. Train Mara Alliance support partners on how to support children, families and schools.
  5. Continue to train trainers and educators in Mara.


Our #GivingTuesday campaign seeks to raise $50,000 to make education and a better future a reality for the children of Mara.

Alternative ways to give:

For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "Friends of the Graça Machel Trust" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: info@kbfus.org or phone (212) 713 7660.