Education

Think Humanity Secondary School

Our Story: The Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel  began in February 2012, bringing 30 young women from underdeveloped villages and the Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Uganda to their new home in Hoima, Uganda. The girls came from many different areas, including Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and from different areas in Uganda. These children were victims of war or displacement, and many had been orphaned.

The Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel Program aimed to empower and educate young women to create a better future for themselves and their communities.

The students created their own mission, vision, and motto:

Girls’ Mission: Create sustainable educational development opportunities for the girls in the developing world to break the cycle of poverty.

Our Vision: To empower girls and children with education and basic training skills in life, social entrepreneurship with leadership and promote the girls’ education.

Our Motto: Patience pains, but later pays. We believe in small actions that lead to bigger changes. (We provide a positive change for communities in Africa.)

As rent prices continued to soar, we decided it was time to move outside of Hoima. We purchased land and finished construction on the Think Humanity Secondary School on January 10, 2022, in Nyakambugu Ward, Buhanika.

What we’ve done: Our third generation of secondary school students have begun the program. The first generation of girls are now graduating from universities and other tertiary schools.

Think Humanity’s aim is to hire their own graduates to lead the school, for example our nurse and chef are first generation graduates.

In addition to education, Think Humanity holds an annual Women’s Leadership Summit. We invite guests to introduce our girls to new skills. We want the Think Humanity girls to have the accompanying skills to truly be catalysts for change.

The Think Humanity Secondary School opened in January 2022 with 55 students. The school motto was birthed from the original hostel motto. The school motto is “Patience Pays.”

Why we invest in teen girl education: Thirty-one million girls of primary school age are not enrolled in school. The picture is different for girls and boys. By the time they reach secondary school only 84 girls per 100 boys are attending.

Why do girls drop out? Forced child marriages, school fees, sexual violence and lack of sanitary facilities and resources.

However, if we can keep girls in school beyond grade seven, they are more likely to marry four years later, less likely to die in pregnancy/childbirth, have an average of 2.2 fewer children, have healthier children and more likely to send their children to school.

The girl impact: Education is the ladder out of poverty. If you educate a girl, you change the entire dynamic of a household, a community, and a region.

“For more than a decade, education for girls has been identified as one of the best solutions to reversing the relentless trend of poverty and disease that devastates large portions of sub-Saharan Africa. Educating a girl changes her destiny, as well as those of her future children, and ensures that she can contribute to the economic life of her community.” (UN Chronicle).

 

 

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