Though the lack of education is a leading cause of poverty, Tanzania schools are not free. Attendance even at the primary school level requires the ability to pay for school fees, uniforms, meals, books, school supplies, and other expenses. With approximately 40% of Tanzanians living on less than one US dollar per day, (up to 87% in rural areas), there are families unable to cover these costs and thus their children can’t attend school. For the public schools, there is the added challenge of providing quality education, due to very large class sizes and rudimentary teaching methods, among other factors.
Our Multi-faceted Approach
Our approach is based on world organizations' research on what entails quality education, which includes:
- Hiring well-trained teachers.
- Applying positive and nurturing child-centered teaching methods.
- Maintaining small classes to no larger than 30 students.
- Actively engaging student families and the community in service and support to the school.
- Ensuring students are well nourished and ready to participate and learn.
- Providing a healthy, safe, and protective environment.
- Empowering students to become contributing members to society by achieving the highest academic, moral and ethical growth.
- Providing equal access for and promoting the equality of girls and boys.