The scholarship program is in three countries, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.


For thousands of girls in rural areas
going to school remains a distant dream.

Kenya has made significant progress in education over the past decade. The Kenyan Government introduced Free Primary Education in 2003, Free Day Secondary Education in 2008 and lowered Secondary Boarding Fees in 2018.

However, extra costs, especially at the secondary level are still more than many families can afford, and some students are more likely to be left out than others. World Bank study has established that, on the whole, One more year of secondary school beyond the mean boosts a person’s eventual wage rate on average by 15% to 25%, again with a generally higher increase for girls than for boys. Increasing the number of women with education boosts per capita income growth, as does moving toward parity in the number of years of education for girls and boys (2006).

Statistics speak for themselves


% of girls with no education get married before 18


% of girls with secondary education get married before 18


Misconceptions about female education, empowerment.
and marriage are common.

In Karamajong Region, a remote area in Northern Uganda there are tribes that are often at war with on another; Cattle raids and misconceptions about pregnancy and female education exist. The education system in this region has rarely been able to empower young girls to graduate and enter high schools.

Because of very limited educational opportunities in the Karamajong region, GTL supports Karamoja girls in schools in Kampala and Entebbe, the learning centers of Uganda. GTL scholarships cover all costs, including transportation and boarding.

Statistics speak for themselves


% of female youth (aged 15-24) are illiterate


% of girls are married before the age of 18

The high cost of education prevents the most marginalised girls from getting an education. Eliminating school fees and offsetting indirect costs of girls’ schooling has helped to increase enrollment and keep girls in school all over the world..

With development of structures and government policies free secondary education was introduced. However, this has shown a direct pressure to learning facilities, quality and even teachers required. Now, there is an observed chance that although access is improved quality has reduced.


Since 2015, Tanzania is one of the few countries that charge lower secondary fees.
However even with this great achievement there have been observed challenges in the Tanzania Education sector.

These challenges include; shortage in learning equipment and teachers especially in math and sciences and dilapidated infrastructure. Parents cannot afford to pay for transport to schools, uniforms, and school materials such as books. In addition, when secondary schools are far away, many poor families cannot pay boarding fees.

Girls also face many challenges on account of their gender. Almost two out of five girls marry before 18 years; and thousands of adolescent girls drop out of school because of pregnancy.

Statistics speak for themselves


% of girls are out of school


girls dropped out of school due to adolescent pregnancies in 2016

Only half of all students eligible are enrolled in lower secondary education and less than a third of the girls who enter lower secondary school graduate ( Human Rights Watch).

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