Helen Kijo-Bisimba, a household name in the field of advocacy and defence of human rights in Tanzania and East Africa, is an alumna of the University of Dar es Salaam, where she graduated in the class of 1982.
She was born in Moshi district, Kilimanjaro region, on 10th October 1954 and had her primary school education in her home village. From there, she was admitted to Weruweru Girls’ Secondary School for four years of ordinary secondary education (1969-1972). From Weruweru she proceeded to advanced secondary education—popularly known as the ‘A’-levels—at Korogwe High School in Tanga region (1973-1974). It was from the latter school, upon passing the advanced certificate of secondary education examinations (ACSEE), that she undertook a diploma course in teacher education at Dar es Salaam Teachers’ College, qualifying as a teacher in 1977. She taught in schools in the country before applying for and getting admission into an undergraduate (bachelor) degree programme at the-then Faculty of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam. She completed the programme in 1982 and earned her degree with honours