Volunteer paediatrician examines a two year old

Every baby deserves a chance to live

Siobhán Neville and Peter O'Reilly, both paediatricians, have just returned from volunteering for six months in Lindi, Tanzania. Based across several local hospitals and health centres, they helped to improve neonatal mortality rates by assessing practices and recommending changes to support both mothers and newborns. In this blog post, Siobhán discusses the challenges and successes encountered on her placement.

Delivering job-ready graduates in Tanzania

Electrical engineering expert volunteer Richard Asaku has raised educational standards that prepare young people for the world of modern work in the deprived Lindi and Mtwara regions of Tanzania, as part of a VSO project.

Its impact is clear. Before this programme less than one in three graduates were in work within two years of leaving school. Now more than half are employed within six months; a fantastic achievement thanks to the "Enhancing Employability Through Vocational Training" (EEVT) programme.

Mariam Hamis at the VETA centre in Lindi

I thought this work belonged to men

VSO’s Enhancing Employability through Vocational Training (EEVT) project has boosted teaching, attainment and graduate employment rates at the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) vocational training centres in Lindi and Mtwara regions. Mariam Hamis, 18, is the first female student in six years to study carpentry and joinery at the VETA centre in Lindi. 

Local teacher Rebecca has been working alongside VSO volunteer Paul to build capacity

Education is for everyone

In Lindi, Tanzania, exam results are among the lowest in the country and many students drop out of school early. English teacher, Rebecca Ngovano, has been working alongside VSO volunteer Paul Jennings to try and change this.

By introducing new teaching methodologies to teachers in the area, Paul hopes to keep students engaged and more likely to continue their education.

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