The Livingstone Tanzania Trust recognise that the lack of investment from both the community and the Government has resulted in the schools assets falling into decline resulting in schools being poorly maintained and dangerous.
During consultation with the community, LTT lays down the Terms and Conditions of a partnership with us and this includes:- stakeholder participation; community contributions, establishment of a meals programme, reinforcing the roles of the school development committee, establishment of a community and school funded maintenance programme and establsihing school enterprise and income generating schemes
Tanzania, one of the poorest countries in the world, has a population of just over 54 million, half of which is under 16. Despite being politically stable with impressive economic growth and low rates of inflation poverty is widespread with 28% of the population living below the National Poverty Line. The improved economic growth has not impacted in the rural areas. The country has a large youth labour problem with 800,000 young people a year wanting to join the work force, but the private sector is not vibrant enough to accommodate them.
A recent report from Human Rights Watch suggests that nationally 40+% of the primary school students (aged 14) do not progress on to lower secondary education and are left to live the life of an unskilled labourer and potentially repeat the lives of their parents – In Babati this equate to approximately 500 students a year. Many have seen their parents struggle on their farms and want a different life and are frustrated at their inability to progress. These young people can easily be disenfranchised from community and can easily be corrupted.
The Livingstone Tanzania Trust’s Enterprise Programme seeks to develop basic transferable business skills through engaging Standard 6 primary school students in the activities of a real small scale enterprise which ought to result in a profit that can be used by the school as a contribution to the school maintenance programme.
The Livingstone Tanzania Trust is also in close discussion with the Town Authorities about improving access and quality of youth vocational training
In 2016 the Managhat Primary school generated an income of Tsh 3,224,400 (about £1300) and had costs of Tsh 726,250 (£290) leading to a Net Profit of Tsh 2,398,150 (£1010). Of this £218 was used on School Maintenance and the remaining balance is to be reinvested in the income generating activities. The running costs includes the school electricity bill and so the provision of water throughout the school.