Child Education Project

What is CEP?

The Child Education Project aims to tackle the gender inequality that still exists in Tanzania. It is about changing attitudes and altering the expectations of young women about their future.

Although primary and secondary school are now both free of charge, poverty and family needs still perpetuate a system where education is not considered a priority for women who are expected to care for their husbands and children. According to Save the Children, Tanzanian girls are married off as early as 11 with 37% married before 18.

CEP aims to change this culture by sponsoring young women to go to school simply by purchasing the most basic, but often unaffordable tools such as uniform, books and pencils. CEP also teaches parents and young women the importance of education and, in partnership with our vocational education projects, demonstrates that employment, a career and even a business are all achievable goals for women in rural Tanzania and Mikindani.

To sponsor a CEP student to go to school costs only £10 a month, and this provides uniforms, textbooks, stationery, transport (if required), bags, shoes and support from Trade Aid through lessons and mentorship for both parents and child. Trade Aid will arrange for correspondence with your sponsored student if you choose to sponsor someone individually, as well as update you on school reports and progress throughout their education.

If you would like to know about CEP or to sponsor a young girl to go to school, our sponsorship pack is available below, or if you would like to speak to someone please contact Trade Aid either through the contact form on this site or by e-mailing Trade Aid at info@tradeaiduk.org and including CEP in the header.

Sponsor a child, get your sponsor pack

The GEP works to reduce inequality in the opportunities given to young men and women in contexts like Tanzania. I am pleased to support it in the knowledge that funds are spent on the ground and on tangible barriers to school education, such as uniform costs and examination fees. Success could mean a woman gaining sustainable employment and being a role model to others.

Matthew Maddocks


In the Western World we take so much for granted like education, equal opportunities and employment, however in Tanzania the opportunities are not so great. I wanted to help in giving a child of Tanzania the opportunity to achieve an education and to have the opportunities we in the Western World take for granted and enable them to grow, develop and to have a choice.

Tracy Cox


I am very grateful and honoured to have been given the opportunity to sponsor a child through GEP. I have confidence in the management of this project in that I know that my monthly donation is being used directly to support a child who is experiencing challenging life circumstances to be given the opportunity to build a foundation for their future. Having spent so much of my early life in the Middle East and Ethiopia, I am aware that we take so much for granted in our everyday lives and on a personal level, it is very grounding to be involved (albeit to a small extent). As an additional bonus, and through the regular updates and photographs sent through by Trade Aid, I am also able to share with my grandchildren the importance of understanding life within another culture. Thank you for this opportunity.

Julia Cotton





Trade Aid graduates have gone on to work in and manage similar establishments in larger towns and even overseas.



Trade Aid gives help to local people in Mikindani to enable them to build successful and sustainable businesses.



Trade Aid also runs several projects aimed at preserving the natural environment and maintaining the environmental health of Mikindani.