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Promotion of Education Link Organisation (PELO)

Promotion of Education Link Organisation (PELO)

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

OUR CORE ACTIVITIES:

1.Out-of-school youths and young adults training.

This is a program which we started to implement on 18th January 2005.In 2002 and 2003 the organisation had an office in Mbeya region.It happened that in this period we were receiving some employees from public and private sector majority being Nurses,Medical assistants and Technicians who had the relevant skills with no secondary education asking on how we can help them"as promoters of education"to acquire the secondary education which they missed at their formal ages.They were claiming that lacking secondary education was a barriers to their ambitions of developing their careers.We accepted it as a need of which we developed a teaching plan that would enable them to learn without disturbing their equilibrium potentials provided some of them were working under shifts and others their working subjected them to travelling.In 2005 we started to implement the Program which we known as Training on T.O.A/RoHoSD Program.In this program we had evening full time class and class on appointment.But one year after starting the program we started to receive youths from communities who were school drop out majority being due to early pregnancies and stopage of secondary school attendance due to poverty (orphanage and failure to pay fees).From there we saw a need of establishing morning and aftternoon classes for youth school drop out.

IMPACT:

Since when we started the program,there are many individuals who had lost hope to acquire secondary education who sat for secondary education examination and are in higher learning institions,others testify that the training has bolded their career statuses.In 2006,2007,2008 for instance 28,27 and 8 respectively youths and young elders who had lost hope to acquire secondary education,attained it.

The major challenge we have been facing is receiving a number of youths from poor families who are not able to pay the required fee.Our receipients are in three groups.There are employees and unemployed who can afford the fee.There are those youth who can manage a part of fees and there are those who cannot afford to pay even a small amount of fees.The number of youths who we train free of charge is determined by the number of those who can afford to pay for the set fee.However,since the operation costs are higher as compared to revenue,the members of the organisation are obliged to volunteer for teaching and sometimes we fail to pay for class rent.

The photo above:The students of out-of -school training program at a study tour at Bagamoyo museums.Appearing facing the viewers is a young boy called Justine Antony.He is among the fruits of this program after he had lost hope of attaining secondary education after he was expelled from school after boycotting when he was in Form two.He met with PELO's Director in 2005 in Dar Es Salaam.At that time he was a potter at Kisutu market for his daily bread.PELO's Director decided to take him to join with a program.In 2006 Justine Antony sat for secondary education examination and got good results which motivated him to study for advanced level and in 2008 he sat for advanced level secondary education and got the principal passes that allowed him to join with Teachers college.In july 2009 he joined with Kasulu Teachers College for diploma in education.He soon will join with teaching field as a teacher to contribute on reduction of shortage of secondary school teachers.

 

 

The photo left:Students of out-of-school youth training in the class.Standing left is one of their teacher Mr Mohamed Manyengu

 

 

Our future plans:

We plan in january 2011 to enrol school drop-out from poor families

 

2.Educational and policy publications

PELO receives and disseminates the free copies of publications from various organisation.Since 2005 it has been receiving and distributing to the public the publications from Hakielimu,Tanzania Education Network and Policy Forum.But also in 2007 the organisation started to publish and distribute the road safety booklet whereby until december 2010 we distributed 23,000 copies.

 

 

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Above photo:Our road safety booklet was distributed at one of the public areas in

Dar es Salaam.

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Above Photo:The first edition of our road safety publication

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Above photo:The second edition of our road safety publication

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ABOVE photo:PELO officers,Traffic incharge of Bukombe district and passengers' motorcycle riders in a photo after a seminar to educate and sensitize them on availing our road safety publication. BELOW:Traffic incharge of Bukombe district in Shinyanga region (standing) addressing the youth motorcyclists of Bukombe on a seminar to educate and sensitize them on the government passengers' motorcycle riders regulations of 2009.To his right are leaders of groups of passengers' motorcycle riders and to his left are Officers from PELO who were invited at the seminar to distribute the road safety booklets.

3.Networking and Public Policies

PELO is affiliate member of Tanzania Education Network (www.tenmet.org) and Policy Forum (www.policyforum.or.tz). These are national umbrella organizations that are active on key policy issues. Through these memberships, PELO is doing the following:

(i)                 Attending the monthly policy debates that are organized by these organizations.

(ii)               Distributing to its stakeholders and citizens, the publications of these organizations and its peer organisations.

(iii)             PELO is a national coalition member of Global Campaign for Education (GCE), the coalition that is lead by Tanzania Education Network. The organization has been active on organizing Global Week of Action

(iv)  PELO is a member of Tanzania Library Service Board (TLSB).

At district level PELO is participated effectively of founding the district networks in districts where it have branches.In Songea district PELO is a founder member of Songea Network of Non-Government Organisations (SONNGO).In Bukombe district,PELO is a founder member of Bukombe Non-Government Organisations Network (BUNGONET).

 IMPACT:

Contribution of the attainment of the Strategic Plans of the above mentioned network organizations of which PELO is affiliated.

OUR FUTURE PLAN:

1.Following the experience that we recently learnt from the civil societies in Ileje district of Mbeya region of establishing a team for Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM), we are planning to mobilize politicians and community based organizations in Ilala district to establish a team for Social Acountability Monitoring on educational Projects

2.Mobilizing CSOs working in Ilala on education sector for establishing Ilala CSOs Education Network.I take this apportunity to invite the ideal CSOs which pass through this noticeboard and induced by our idea,to contact us for the process.

Photos above:The Executive Director of PELO gathered for photo with representatives from CSOs at  different policy meetings