WOMEN AND DEVELOPMENT
By Mcdonald Mollel Masse-Dsm
''In efforts to enhance entrepreneurial capacity amongst Njombe Region womens,Ms Skolastica is vigilantly working towards imparting entrepreneurial skills and advising them on ways to solve emerging hurdles and problems"
With passion of fighting against any oppression against girls and women in the
society, Ms Scholastica Kevela is determined to ensure that one day she becomes
a high government profile and policy maker in the country.
as Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Women’s Wing Chairperson for Njombe District since
2008 Ms Scholastica is certain that she was born a leader and would continue to
pursue this noble task for the development of women, men and children of this
She stays awake with her dreams, and is determined to fight
tooth and nail to ensure set goals are achieved. She believes that women
empowerment was vital in attaining national development.
Born in 1967 in
Njombe District, Iringa Region, Ms Scholastica completed her primary education
at Madaba Primary school in 1983 before joining Songea Girls’ Secondary School
the following year and completed in 1987.
After completing form four,
she joined the Tanzania Post Corporation in 1989 as Post Officer at Njombe, a
post she held for nine years. While serving as a Post Officer in 1994 she also
attended a one year certificate course in storekeeping.
The road to
success seemed to be rough but she held on, and in 2001 she joined London
Metropolitan University where she pursued both an international diploma and
advanced diploma in computer studies.
With Information Technologies (IT)
subject proving to be quite difficult to most people especially women, this was
contrary to Ms Scholastica. She devoted her time and resources pursuing it
having in mind that few years down the road everything would have gone digital.
What a life on earth without IT knowledge? Probably this is another
thing that forced her to be a great player in this field. Advanced diploma she
was conferred did not satisfy her in education ladder. Going back to school to
hunt for a bachelor’s degree was the only solution to make her more proficient
in IT field.
In 2005, Ms Scholastica was enrolled at the same university
for Bachelor of Science in Information System and a year later she was conferred
With vision of becoming multipurpose and skilful in many
academic fields, she is at the meantime pursuing Master’s Degree in Business
Administration (MBA) at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT).
being part and parcel of her life and not a dirty game as comically referred to
by others, Ms Scholastica since her childhood admired female politicians and was
determined to one day climb to the podium and address people.
gave her a momentum later in adult life, was her husband’s aspiration in
politics. Her husband Mr Yono Kevela had served as an MP for (Njombe-West) hence
gave her a chance of seeing politics at home the interested to practice that
grew much stronger.
She explains that from primary school through the
education ladder, she was elected to hold various leadership positions in the
classroom as monitor and later a prefect. At college she was school commander,
and at various levels she served as a chairperson for various religious and non
The year 2008 was the cornerstone for her
politics journey although she describes her attainment as still like water drop
in the ocean. She is optimistic that in a near future she will outshine in the
field, by not only being a high profile leader but also an activist in women’s
“My passion for serving the society was accelerated when
I was just an ordinary entrepreneur. It was at the course of my involvement in
this entrepreneurship when I learned on the best way one can help women and
girls fight for their rights, establish income generating activities and
generally empower them economically,” she says.
She adds that “Like for
ages Iringa Region has been the centre for fetching housemaids who work in Dar
es Salaam and other big towns for meagre wages. Coming from the same area, this
really disheartens me as among other things, it denied them their basic rights
especially to education.”
She said she has started addressing this by
educating girls and parents in the area on the importance of education to the
children, and their rights in relation to minimum wage that one can be paid.
Ms Scholastica believes that girls like other human beings deserve all
basic rights including education, as it is best put that educating a boy is to
educate an individual but educating a girl is to educate the entire nation.
According to Ms Scholastica, attention to girls education was vital, not
only for the development of the country, but to fulfil the right of every child
to education hence the need of ensuring that a big number of girls attend school
as would do boys.
Ms Scholastica seeming to be impressed with efforts
being made by the government in girls education, particularly on increasing ward
secondary schools, she says that such move were laudable and worth praising. The
efforts, she add, has greatly helped to reduce the malady of street children
especially girls who had in several time fell victims of rape and other
As a CCM Women Wing Chairperson for Njombe
district, Ms Scholastica has been in fore front in ensuring that her dreams of
helping women and girls were making headway.
“I have managed to acquire
about 30 hectares of land at Itandura Village in a newly-established
Wanging’ombe District. The land would be used to build hostels for girls who
have been subjected to gender based violence so that they can regain their
humanity and pursue normal life,” she said.
In efforts to enhance
entrepreneurial capacity amongst Njombe District women, Ms Scholastica is
vigilantly working towards imparting entrepreneurial skills and advising them on
ways to solve emerging hurdles and problems.
especially in economic aspect is essential, even President Kikwete has been
encouraging women to initiate various income generating activities to improve
their welfare and that of their families, she stressed.
She said she has
decided to start influencing women in Njombe to adopt local chicken raring
projects which she said was easy and paid well.
Ms Scholastica welcome
other people and well wishers to help women in their localities with view to
empowering them economically and subsequently develop the nation.
Currently she serves as Managing Director of Yono Auction Mart &Co.
Ltd, Managing Director of Shola General Enterprises and Chaiperson of Women
Entrepreneurship Development Forum (W.E.D.F).
Ms Scholastica, a mother
of four children calls for women from all walk of life to build confidence and
establishe income generating activities assuring them that such efforts always
She is much thankful to her husband Mr Yono Kevela and his children
for supporting her in every achievement she has recorded saying without their
understanding, much of her goals would not have been met. And having in mind she
still got a way to go in realising her leadership dreams, to her sky is the