On Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, Tanzanian supermodel Ms. Jokate Mwegelo and Head of the Mo Dewji Foundation Ms. Barbara Gonzalez unveiled the new sports grounds at Jangwani Girls High School in Dar es Salaam. They were joined by Head of Marketing at MeTL Group Ms. Fatema Dewji-Jaffer, Honorable District Commissioner (DC) of Ilala Ms. Sophia Mjema, and Head of School Mr. Amos Mgongolwa.
The event kicked off with speeches from the hosts and guests. The Head of the Mo Dewji Foundation, Ms. Barbara Gonzalez spoke of the Foundation’s commitment to improving girls’ lives. Established in 2014, the Foundation’s mission is to enhance the lives of all citizens and strives to create a poverty-free Tanzania, focusing on the areas of education, health and community development. This project is at the intersection of its three interests. Ms. Gonzalez also spoke of the Foundation’s interest in collaboration on future projects related to women’s empowerment and the advancement of girls education in Tanzania.
Mo Dewji Foundation provided TZS 10,000,000 to complete the construction of the sports grounds. This donation came from the passion of the Dewji family for sports, and their knowledge of the positive impact that sports can have on girls’ lives. Ms. Fatema Dewji-Jaffer spoke at length about the way that playing golf throughout her life taught her important skills she needed and motivated her to always succeed. She aimed to encourage other young students to follow her example of loving sports, “because I believe that when girls can walk on the playing field, they are more likely to step into the classroom, the boardroom, and step out as leaders in society”.
This project is the first of many in Ms. Jokate’s female empowerment campaign “Be Kidotified”. She was inspired to construct the sports facilities in order to enable students to thrive in all aspects of their lives, both in academics and beyond. Previously, most girls had to travel long distances to play sports however with the construction of this new sports grounds, students will now be able to practice and exercise without detracting from their academic performance.
Ms. Jokate appealed to the girls to be well-rounded citizens, telling them to excel in studies and other area of life as well. She briefly discussed her previous projects and her commitment to the girls of Jangwani High School, and explained the passion behind her “Be Kidotified” campaign. “Be Kidotified” is a call for girls and women to be themselves, and to be independent and assertive. Young women must be proactive in the pursuit of their dreams, stick to their goals, and always insp
ire themselves and one another throughout the course of their lives. Ms. Jokate motivated the young women to overcome any challenges they may face and to build successful careers and happy lives.
The Ilala DC, Ms. Sophia Mjema gave an especially impassioned speech, encouraging the girls to focus their efforts in studies and to avoid negative influences, such as drugs and various forms of substance abuse. She spoke of how sports and other forms of extra-curricular activities could help keep girls away from those dangers, and build positive and healthy societies. Ms. Mjema also discussed the importance of giving back to communities, and told the girls to be positive role models in to their peers, siblings and everyone they interact with.
The girls also heard from their Head of School, Mr. Amos Mgongolwa, who spoke about his gratitude to Ms. Jokate and the Mo Dewji Foundation. He encouraged the girls to take advantage of the opportunity given to them and committed to incorporating sports in the future curriculum of the school.
Speeches were followed by a fashion show and dance performance organized by the school’s student groups, showcasing their unique talents and passion for creativity and expression outside of the classroom. The new basketball court was then inaugurated with a friendly first game of basketball. The event concluded with Ms. Jokate and the other hosts taking time to speak with the school girls, reinforcing their messages of support and belief in the girls’ potential.