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Binti Shupavu’s Life Lessons

Binti Shupavu is Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative’s  life skills program for lower secondary school girls.  The four-year course covers topics such as study skills, personal leadership, health, and self-confidence with the goal of increasing Ordinary Level graduation rates for vulnerable girls. 


In Fall, 2020, we shared a sampling of lessons from the Binti Shupavu curriculum.  Much of this valuable information was included in GLAMI’s radio talk show that was implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, so girls outside of the program had the opportunity to hear it.


Binti Shupavu Mentors use a variety of interactive approaches, including songs, games, and skits.  The girls really enjoy watching a short video and discussing it afterward.  The program also employs a “spiral curriculum,” which means that key topics are revisited progressively each year.  (See the “Experience Map” at the bottom of this blog for more about this approach.)


Binti Shupavu means “Courageous Daughters” in Swahili.  We believe these girls are already courageous, just by joining the program to learn more about themselves, how to interact with others, and ways to achieve their potential.  These lessons bring out many of the qualities they didn’t realize they already had.




Staying True to Yourself and Knowing your Values

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Positive Role Models and Building Self-Confidence

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Being an Advocate for Yourself

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Common Life Challenges and Building Resiliency

Take the lesson.









The Binti Shupavu Management Team, November 2020 (L-R: Mary Maika, Chausiku Mkuya, Subira Manyama, Asimwe Suedi)




AfricAid works to improve the standing of women in society through robust, locally-led mentorship initiatives that cultivate confidence, improve academic and health outcomes, and promote socially-responsible leadership skills. In close partnership with our sister organization, GLAMI (Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative), we support mentorship opportunities that help secondary school girls in Tanzania complete their education, develop into confident leaders, and transform their own lives and their communities.


Would you like to give girls some of these vital “Life Lessons” by providing an opportunity to join Binti Shupavu?

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