Safina Women's Association

Safina Women’s Association (SAWA) is dedicated to improving the well-being of women and children by promoting inclusive education and working closely with the government to influence policies, guidelines, and legislation concerning the welfare of women and children.
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Year launched: 
2000
Launch country: 

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
Safina Women's Association
Primary Topic: 
Education level (ISCED): 

Location Data

State/Province: 
Mvomero
City: 
Morogoro
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Program Description: 

Safina Women’s Association (SAWA) was founded in 1996 by a group of 12 widowed women who came together to rebuild their lives, support themselves, and in turn improve the well being of women and children. Located in Tanzania, SAWA has been running a nursery school since 2000 and a primary school since 2001 on its own premises, obtained in 1999 from the Morogoro Municipality. With a view to promote inclusive education and to create opportunities for socialization, SAWA’s nursery and primary schools accommodate disabled children including deaf children, children with autism, and albino children. Moreover, SAWA also runs informal education programs targeted to children who are above the traditional enrollment age, especially aged 10 or above. SAWA’s nursery and primary schools are supplied with its own teachers who receive basic training from the government and additional training from SAWA to enable them to cater to children with disabilities.

SAWA also runs two education centers in pastoralist communities, through which it seeks to further its vision to promote inclusive education. To supplement its efforts in education, SAWA works closely with the local government with an aim to improve the quality of education and to affect policies related to the well-being of women and children. SAWA also works closely with the local community to raise awareness on the importance of ECD. SAWA’s focus therefore, on ECD, nursery and primary level education, is designed to increase access to education for marginalized communities. The association's goal is to ensure that, at age 10, children are able to transition into the mainstream education system.

In working closely with both the local community and the local government, SAWA is committed to upholding and enhancing the basic rights of all women and children. The program facilitates collaboration between stakeholders. Children learn with assistance from paraprofessional teachers who use bilingual teaching methods. The village governments hold weekly meetings to discuss children's issues. 

Highlighting Innovation: 
Bilingual teaching methods are utilized to help children whose first langauge is not Swahili; children with disabilities are integrated with those without to help them learn among and interact with fellow children.
Key Challenges: 
Many adult pastoralists don't value education; parents with children with disabilities do not see the value of taking their child to school; learning and teaching materials for deaf children are not sufficient.