Overview

Despite the government’s efforts to make primary and secondary public education free, many education issues remain in Tanzania, especially in rural areas. Overall, it was found that most schools, both in urban and rural settings, lack teaching materials and equipment, such as books, computers and laboratory equipment, and have poor attendance when it comes to orphans and children living in difficult conditions. If the lack of teachers is a nationwide issue, it is particularly worse in rural areas as most teachers live in urban areas. Consequently, the number of students for one teacher is very high, which therefore affects directly the quality of education offered.

In addition to that, most schools in rural areas don’t have a kitchen, which means that students who don’t have time to go home to eat because of the distance simply don’t have lunch. For the schools that do have a kitchen, students are typically served maize and beans because of the lack of fruits and vegetables garden. Due to the absence of hostels in rural areas, most students have to walk long distances to get to school, which can expose them to violence or sexual assault, especially if they are female students.

Strategies

  • Providing education opportunities to orphans and children living in difficult conditions
  • Improving school facilities
  • Supporting financially school with the purchase of equipment
  • Conducting skill-building trainings on various subjects

Results

101 students supported financially

14 classrooms constructed

100 students and teachers who received basic training