Those we help through further education have all agreed that, when they are able, they will sponsor students who were in the same positon they were in when we helped them. In this way the project becomes self-sustaining. Once this process starts LTT will start to take a back seat and let this new generation run the programme. This is the fundamental basis of our helping hands programme.
In the programme so far are: - Catherine (social work studies), Teresia, Isabella (both doing their A levels), Marina (Studying Degree in Education at Dar es Salaam University).
Waiting to join the programme are:- Malanki (Year 4 O level) and Jessica Yusuph (Year 2 Secondary SChool), John Elias, Nadhifa Hussein and Selina Alex (all Year 1 Secondary School) and Phillipo (Mwanga School for the Deaf - Kilimanjaro )
If you want to support this Fund and give young people a hand up then please donate, clearly marking your donation Helping Hands Fund.
1. Providing Education Scholarships
LTT offers selected students a scholarship to support them through their primary, secondary education and if the student achieves the required academic performance we commit to supporting them into further education. With this level of education an individual can make a significant contribution to the community, to their families and to themselves.
2. Providing trade qualifications
LTT recognises that not all are academically gifted, many have other skills. For this reason we also offer selected students the opportunity to achieve trade qualifications that can assist them to gain employment, such as secretarial or agricultural courses.
Currently we are supporting 4 students at Agricultural school:- Lazaro Mohamed (Malangi); John Martin (Managhat); Rahim Hussein (Malangi); and Joseph Yori (Waangwaray)
1. Wages Supplementation:
Kindergarten is not paid for by the government in Tanzania and kindergarten teachers must charge a fee to cover their costs. However, the government has stipulated that a child cannot be refused entry into the classroom, even if parents do not pay the fees. As a result, kindergarten teachers may not receive enough money to live and may potentially stop teaching. LTT have decided to supplement 3 kindergarten teachers' wages to ensure that kindergarten education remains available and accessible.
Some teachers could benefit from additional training, especially in new technology. LTT provides individual teachers with grants to cover 50% of the cost of a course that will bring benefits to the teachers, students and school.
With English Language being the language of examination in further education, it is important that the students get a good grasp of English. But the problem lies in Primary Schools where some teachers lack basic English skills. So LTT has designed a fun, participatory course that engages the teachers, builds their knowledge and confidence and methods of teaching. This course is being tested on teachers from 2 schools, with full encouragement of the Town Education Officer. Once the trial is completed and tweaks made we will be making the course available to all 34 primary schools in the Babati Town. We are also happy to share it with other charities working in this area.