My name is Namelock Lembesa. I was born on December 6, 1988 in Mbuyuni Village, Arusha Region. I am Maasai by tribe and I come from a family of 7 children. Since primary education is free in Tanzania, in 1996, my mother decided to send me to primary
My name is Namelock Lembesa. I was born on December 6, 1988 in Mbuyuni Village, Arusha Region. I am Maasai by tribe and I come from a family of 7 children. Since primary education is free in Tanzania, in 1996, my mother decided to send me to primary school. My mother tried her best to provide for my basic school requirements while my father was not interested to support my going to school.
With much perseverance, I was able to finish primary school and was selected to join secondary school. I was so excited that I was accepted but I am faced again with the same problems when I was in primary school- where will I get the support to complete the different school requirements and most of all, where will I get the money to pay for my tuition fees. During this time, my mother could not afford the cost and my father was still uninterested.
I was able to get information about a center that supports Pastoralist girls who wish to continue with their secondary education—which was Emusoi Centre. My mother and I went to the centre and request if they could help me. The director accepted my request and I was able to pursue secondary education.
I thank God for his miracle upon me that I was able to join secondary level. With the help of the centre, I completed my O level at Olgoro Secondary School and my A level at Mairiva Secondary school. I am now studying at St. Augustine University of Tanzania.
“At this moment in my life, I can now make my own decisiosn and also able give advice to the younger girls who are here in Emusoi Centre and those who are in my village. I share with them the importance and advantage of being an educated Maasai girl. I turn all thanks to God and to Emusoi Centre for all their help in my studies. May almighty God bless them.”