Capital Investment Plans
It is amazing to witness the journey of the schools we work with, as failing schools transform into thriving schools with ambition and desire.
While Capital Investment is not everything in this process, it is a major component. It creates hope, develops self-belief and demonstrates what can be achieved when we work together. As they say in Tanzania, "Unity is power".
Learn more about the Capital Investment requirements and plans for the schools in the different communities.
Classrooms and Teachers' Offices
Many Tanzanian schools are in a very poor state of repair, and schools in Babati are no different. Rafters have been hollowed out by termites and are supported by thin air. Walls have developed cracks from earth tremors or because the roof was added without a lintel.
Classrooms are dark and overcrowded - sometimes over 100 children in each - with bare-brick walls and broken, uneven floors. The teachers' offices are underresourced, often lacking desks or necessary filing space.
A significant lack of investment and care means the task of correction is now too big for the community to address alone.
By working with the community and local builders, we prioritise each school's need before repairing or replacing the roof, widening windows, adding a lintel, repairing floors, plastering and painting walls, and using a sign painter to turn rooms into inspirational spaces.
We want no more than 50 pupils per classroom, so if schools are too small for the number of children, we work with the community to build more.
Nowadays, it is simply not acceptable to attend a school where the nearest tap is over 1 km away - and the task of collecting water is delivered as a punishment.
Water is needed for drinking, for cooking, for toilets, for hand and dishwashing, for cleaning the school and for agricultural projects.
To ensure good water security, water ideally should come from a variety of sources. We work together with communities to achieve this for their schools, by drilling boreholes, connecting to the mains, and collecting and storing rain water.
We also work together to provide essential electricity - necessary for running the pump, computers, projectors, printers, photocopiers and kettle (a vital part of any staffroom!).
We may not be able to change the lack of investment which has led to the deterioration of Babati's schools. However, we can help each school raise their own income to pay for water and electricity, and to contribute to maintenance plans.
This marks a vital move from 100% dependency towards self-sufficiency and self-determination.
Income generation can take many forms, so schools have to identify the resources they have available and the local market.
To date, our partner schools have sold milk, eggs, chickens, male calves, fruit and vegetables, generating vital income to sustain their schools into the future.
These activities are closely linked with our Enterprise Programme, where students learn not just how to grow or rear something, but the business of how to grow or rear something.
It is rare to find World Health Organisation (WHO)-standard toilets in schools in Tanzania. Traditionally, toilets are built over a long drop. They are small, dark, unhygienic places with no toilet paper and no hand washing facilities. The girls' and female teacher toilets have no provision for dealing with menstrual hygiene or anywhere to dispose of used absorbents.
LTT seeks to change that. We want to make sure all toilet users have the facilities they need for a safe and hygienic visit.
This means floor tiles which can be cleaned, spacious cubicles with a window for ventilation and light, a bucket flush system connected to a cesspit, a cubicle for menstrual hygiene management and running water to clean hands, clothes and body.
When one book is shared between 10 students, it is nearly impossible to learn. This lack of books means students have to spend a lot of time copying from the blackboard. Teachers struggle to get through their lesson plans and students become frustrated with the learning process.
Our target it to ensure at least one book per desk (3 students), with an eventual aim of achieving one book per student per subject - giving all children easy access to learning.
As the Tanzanian population grows and the forests shrink, the cost of firewood will increase. This is set to become a major concern for schools and households.
LTT seeks to work with schools to create efficient cooking systems through the introduction of fuel-efficient stoves and training on how to use them. This approach can instantly reduce fuel consumption by over 50%.
Each school is encouraged to establish a tree nursery to plant firewood trees, creating their own sustainable source of fuel in 10 years' time. Firewood and fruit tree saplings can also be sold to the community, covering any running costs. We simply provide the training and a starter kit, giving schools the opportunity to manage the whole process on their own.