Africa School Assistance Project
The Africa School Assistance Project (ASAP) is committed to increasing access to quality public education in East Africa, especially for girls. Why? Because education, more than any other sector of development, seeds dramatic improvement in poverty reduction, gender equality, health outcomes, child immunization, HIV/AIDS prevention, environmental protection and wildlife conservation. Simply put, widely available public education will lead to a prosperous, peaceful and sustainable future for Africa.
For now ASAP has chosen to focus on Tanzania because it struggles with one of the worst education systems in East Africa. Our solution is to systematically develop community schools in rural regions of Tanzania for the purpose of expanding classroom access, improving the quality of learning and providing a safety net for girls who face a dismal future without access to school.
We build strong partnerships with the villagers and government in every community where we work. Our entire school building model is predicated on community ownership and project sustainability. Our work is scalable and replicable to maximize impact in the greatest number of places. And, we work hard to ensure everything we do is efficient, effective and culturally appropriate.
ASAP also leads groups of volunteers to Africa each June to lend a hand in the school construction process. This powerful concept of bega kwa bega (Swahili for “shoulder to shoulder”) is important to us and has been central to our model since the beginning.
ASAP is a 501(c)3 and is an NGO registered with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.