One of the biggest ways we can make a sustainable difference to a child’s life is by supporting them to gain an education.
Once a child has been registered with FISCH and their situation stabilised, we work with the child to encourage them to return to school. In Tanzania recent changes to legislation mean that government education is free from school fees, however there are hidden barriers for many children loving on the poverty line, such as the cost of uniforms, exercise book and stationary. If resources permit we provide these items for children to equip them for school.
A member of the FISCH team will usually visit the school to discuss or negotiate the return of a child, and regularly follow up on their progress.
For a number of children, returning to education is a significant challenge and they find they have fallen far behind their peer group. To help them adjust and catch up on lost time, FISCH provides a number of after school tuition classes, free of charge to any FISCH child who wishes to attend
The option to return to government school is not available for all children if they have been out of education for too long. For these children the only options are costly private schools, or vocation training.
Where a child has shown significant potential and the funds are available, FISCH supports children into private education, and we have had a number of children successful follow this pathway.
For other children the standard schooling route is no longer the best option, and their situation is more suited to vocational training.
FISCH has supported a number of children in vocational training such as carpentry, driving, and sewing.
In recent years, a number of children that FISCH support have done so well at school, that have begun to think about Higher Education and even be offered places at University. Without the support of FISCH over the years this would never have been possible!
We are delighted that currently FISCH is supporting six young adults in University or Higher Education. These include Aloyce (see below). With more and more kids progressing, the cost of supporting these young children through Higher Education has become an ever greater challenge for us. In response to this we have set up an education fund where we are seeking sponsors to support these amazing young adults as they make the most of this opportunity.
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