The Managhat Primary School is located 10 km south of Babati on the road to Dodoma and close to the eastern shores of Lake Babati. This rural community is entirely made up of subsistence farmers who fully support the work we are doing at the school and in the community. The school provides education for the community’s children between the ages of 5 to 14.
In 2011 when LTT first came across the school it was in a mixed state of repair with some poor building and some dangerous buildings in need to demolition. An earth tremor had flattened the staff toilet and the community approached LTT for assistance. Their willingness to participate in the development of their school was instrumental in LTT’s decision to establish a permanent link.
The Managhat School Development Plan forms part of the Education Programme and is closely linked with the Memorandum of Understanding that exists between LTT and the local stakeholders which details the different roles, responsibilities and expectations and reinforces the community’s need to commit to providing school meals and maintaining the schools assets.
when academic performance is poor there are always underlying contributing factors. At Managhat we started with the basics:
- Renovating the substandard classrooms including adding new floors, lintels, windows etc.
- Completed the building of a teachers' house.
- Building new classrooms and store rooms.
- Adding a library.
- Bringing electricity to the school.
- Building a kitchen with fuel efficient stoves to reduce work place hazards and reduce the school's carbon footprint.
- Buying more desks to ensure there is at least 1 desk per 3 students.
- Buying more text books and shelves.
- Providing hand washing facilities.
- Providing Standard 7 with solar lanterns to enable them to study at home.
- Ensured the school adopt a feeding programme
- Construction of a multi-purpose room. The room is not completed but the floor has been completed.
The school is now a more secure and attractive environment in which to teach and learn. As a consequence:
- attendance has increased.
- academic performance has improved.
There is still much to do
- Consideration needs to be given to a borehole to provide greater water security.
- The 'fodder garden' needs to be completed.
- We are in the process of improving the planning and accounting systems for the farming activities.
- A large hall has been built with the plastering and painting to be completed in October 2016. It will be used as a dining hall and community centre, can be rented out by the school for weddings or other gatherings. When the need arises it can be converted into 2 classrooms.
Improved self reliance
It is not easy to run a school on the very low levels of funds provided by the local authorities and the community and this can lead to the slow deterioration of the school. The teachers and community alike can accept this situation and be victims of circumstance or they can take the attitude that they will try and do what they can to change the status quo and generate money for the school using the resources available to them. The Livingstone Tanzania Trust want to work with the second set of people and work with them to realise that dream.
To start an income generation programme that suited the resources of the school we:-
- addressed the water security by providing 2 shallow wells for water and a rainwater harvesting tank.
- establish a market garden where the students and community can learn new farming techniques and the profit of the sales of the vegetables goes to the school maintenance programme.
- A tree nursery has been established.
- Built a cow shed and bought 4 dairy cows to provide milk and manure.
- We built a bio-gas system to use the manure to create methane which we pipe to the school kitchen and use for cooking. To learn more about Biogas, please click on the link below.
- The bio-slurry from the bio-gas is used to improve the quality of the soil to increase yields.
- A second garden has been established to provide food for the cows.
How you can help
A donation of any size towards any of these projects will help move them forward so that we can create the environment that allows us to exit the school.