EDUCATION SPONSORSHIP PROJECT
The education of the world’s children is high on the global agenda. In the context of Education for All (EFA), all children should receive free, good quality education. In addition to that, the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) stresses that quality education is the right of every child. Tanzania is among the countries that ratified the UNCRC. The education system in Tanzania starts with 7 years of primary education, followed by 4 years of ordinary level, 2 years of high school or vocational school, and university level. To comply with article 28 of the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child, In 2002 Tanzania made primary education compulsory and available free to all for public schools. The abolition of school fees increased the primary net enrolment rate from 59% in 2000 to 94% in 2011 (Right To Education, 2018). In addition to that, in 2005 the government directs public bodies to ensure that secondary education is free for all children. This includes the removal of all forms of fees and contributions. However, whilst most fees are covered, including exam fees, some indirect costs remain for example: for school and sports uniforms and learning materials such as exercise books and pens.
Unlike primary and ordinary levels, advanced secondary education and tertiary education remain optional and not included in the program for free basic education. The financing of high school and tertiary education is exclusively the responsibility of the parents and guardians. However, the Tanzania government has been supporting higher learning students through its loan scheme which is under the Higher Learning Board (HLB). The HLB provide loan to the students in need in both public and private universities. The yearly increase in the number of students accessing loans leaves the budget insufficient. Thus, a large number of students are forced to postpone their studies with the hope that, they will obtain the loan in the next academic year, others are on a desperate search for alternative sources of funds. While others decide to drop the schools.
Since the government loan scheme is insufficient to provide loans to all students who are in need and they end up either dropping or postponing the studies. The project targets high school and higher learning students who can’t afford to finance their education.
PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT
The projects aim at increasing the number of educated people in the country. Also once the students are helped to achieve their goals they can give back to society by helping others as they were helped to achieve their dreams. In addition to that, the project will help the students to concentrate on their studies hence the increase in their performance. Lastly sponsoring students to study will protect them from engaging in illegal activities like drugs and prostitution.