Mwanga Girls Secondary School

Tanzania

A generous donation in 2009 from Mr. David R Beatty enabled the successful construction of 8 classrooms of a new secondary school for girls, and enrolment began in January 2010. There were also offices built for teachers, and recently a dormitory was also added.  The school has a capacity of 90 students who are now receiving secondary education that will help level the playing field in a still male-dominated society.

The efforts were even acknowledged with thanks by Tanzania’s former Prime Minister, Hon. Cleopa d. Msuya, and a plan has been supplied for the further expansion of the school with accommodation, a dining hall, and other buildings.

Mwanga Girls Secondary School, Mwanga, Tanzania

About

Construction of the Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro Girls Secondary School in Mwanga, Tanzania began in 2008 with two classrooms funded by the local Tanzania Women’s Organization.  In 2009 Canadians, David and Debby Beatty began making generous annual donations to the project. The Beatty donations, augmented by contributions from Mwanga District council, the parents and the Government of Tanzania (Local Government), have been used to build a school. Currently the following have been completed:

a.       Two rehabilitated classrooms and a staffroom

b.      Six new classrooms

c.       A furnished dormitory that can accommodate 256 girls

d.      Essential infrastructure: roads, cooking area, toilets, water tanks and a piped distribution system.

The school is named in honour of the work of Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro. Ms. Migiro was a member and Minister of the Government of Tanzania and also served as Deputy Secretary General to the United Nations. The initiative for the girl’s boarding school came from the Women’s Wing of the ruling party, specifically from the advisor on socio-economic and women in development issues, Rhoda C. Msuya, late wife of the Honourable Cleopa D. Msuya.

It was the wish of Rhoda Msuya to construct the first community based secondary school for girls that will meet international standards of education for young women in Mwanga. The recently completed dormitory is named in her honour.

In October 2013 the school celebrated the graduation of their first class of young women.