Agnes Kanyonyi
Protection Assistant
Duty Station: Ulyankulu, Tanzania

“My expectations and hopes for this fellowship year are to see refugees, the UNHCR RO Office, as well as the HQ Innovation team supported by external donors and the Tanzania government to promote secondary education to young mothers and girls from vulnerable families in Ulyankulu Old Settlement, in Tabora region, Tanzania”

Agnes is from Tanzania and has extensive field experience in SGBV prevention and response. She is an avid promoter of women’s rights, addressing child marriage and the importance of education to young mothers and girls.

Project: Promotion of Secondary School Education to Young Mothers and Girls at Risk

The project aims at creating a welcoming secondary school learning environment for young mothers and girls from vulnerable families. In order to accommodate and retain the targeted students, its objectives are:

• Build and furnish two classrooms and two dormitories;
• Build three drop holes and three bathrooms;
• Build a study room, a kitchen and a store;
• Build a rainwater harvesting tank and implementing a solar power system;
• Support students to enable them to continue their education.

The project also supports self-reliance activities, such as poultry and pig farming, as a way of increasing their food supply and spurring economic development. The community is encouraged to support the students by supplying them with food and providing incentives to the teachers. Although the project’s main targets are young mothers and girls, boys from vulnerable families will also be granted permission to attend classes as day students.