by Devotha Mlay, Kisa Project Manager
The Kisa Project is AfricAid’s girls’ empowerment project, which provides female, A-level students with life skills, entrepreneurial and leadership training once a week after school for two years.
The Kisa Liaison is a female teacher in a Kisa Partner School who acts as a middle person between the Kisa Mentors and the school administration.
Weruweru Girls High School is one of our Kisa Partner schools, and is located in Kilimanjaro Region. It has approximately 750 students in total, and 68 of them are Kisa Scholars enrolled in either Year One or Year Two of the program.
Madam Magdalena Mswata is the Kisa Liaison at Weruweru Girls High school. She teaches General Studies and has been working at Weruweru for eight years. She has been a Kisa Liaison for almost two years now.
Magdalena says that Kisa has helped the girls a lot. She says she can see a big difference between Kisa Scholars and girls who are not in Kisa. Girls who are enrolled in Kisa are very confident in class and in other meetings. They are also very daring in taking leadership positions in school and acting as a good example to others.
Magdalena suggests that increasing the number of Scholars in the project will be great because the number of Kisa Scholars in her school is less than 10% of the school population.
The AfricAid team is very grateful to have Magdalena as a Kisa Liaison. It is through her help that Kisa Mentors have smooth communication with the school administration, and are able to inspire and motivate these young women to succeed.