Worldwide, gender-based educational gaps in countries like Tanzania are typically caused by financial or other social barriers, including poverty and lack of reproductive healthcare access. When girls are given access to education, the whole community benefits for years to come and conservation threats are diminished. That’s why JGI has been providing scholarships to girls in Tanzania since 1998.
In 2020, the Girls Scholarship Program sponsored 40 scholarships for high-achieving young women and girls attending secondary and post-secondary academic programs. JGI visited 15 schools last year to monitor and evaluate student performance, see their accommodations, and discuss any challenges that the girls might face. JGI also brought the girls together for a coordination meeting focused on Covid-19 safety measures and facilitated a study tour to Katavi National Park to learn about the environment and conservation.
Over the last 20 years, JGI has provided hundreds of scholarships which have shaped a new dawn of success for a generation of Tanzanian women and girls. With generous support from the Stadler Family, JGI expanded this work and created the Roots & Shoots Zanzibar Scholarship Program in 2019, which includes young men and women. In 2020, 25 talented and gifted Roots & Shoots youth in Zanzibar were given scholarships.