The Tuseme Youth Empowerment Model

What is Tuseme?

Tuseme (Let Use Speak Out) is an empowerment model that enables girls and boys to understand the problems that affect them, articulate these problems and take action to solve them.

First developed at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Tuseme uses theatre for development techniques to enable young people to indentify and address concerns that hinder their social academic development.

Through drama, song and creative arts, young people learn negotiation skills, how to speak out, self confidence, decision-making and leadership skills.

Why Tuseme?

In many African communities, girls are socialized to be submissive and unquestioning. This undermines their participation in the classroom and ultimately affects their performance in national examinations.

However, when girls are empowered to speak up for themselves, they can overcome gender-based constraints, especially those imposed by cultural tradition.

We believe that for meaningful transformation of gender relations, girls must participate in choirs to eliminate the discrimination and inequalities they have in their schools and communities.

Impact of FAWE Tuseme

  • Improvement in girls’ self-esteem and in their leadership social and life skills
  • Teachers’ positive attitudinal change towards girls
  • Reduction in sexual harassment.

Over 80,000 students have benefitted from our Tuseme model since it was introduced in 1996.

About us

  • FAWE is a pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation working in 33 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education.

    We believe that through education of women and girls, livelihoods are improved for entire communities and civic education and liberties are enhanced. Educated girls become educated women who have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to play a role in governance and democratic processes and to influence the direction of their societies.



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