Education is not the solution to poverty, but it is the best tool we have to fight it.
Tanzania has adopted the United Nation's 'Free Primary Education For All' scheme and they have made it compulsory. This means that all children aged 7-14 must attend primary school.
With a population of 44 million and growing, half of which are under 16, this created fresh challenges for the Government with poorly constructed, over crowded and resourceless classrooms, poor teacher to student ratios, insufficient teacher accommodation and inadequate resources or utilities.
LTT's long term vision for primary schools is to establish centres of excellence for the community’s children so that regardless of their religion, financial status or physical and mental abilities they can:-
- Learn in a safe, inspirational and resource rich environment in order that they progress to secondary school;
- Develop practical life skills;
- Eat a lunchtime meal;
- Have access to safe drinking water and hygienic toilets with hand washing facilities; and
- Develop into valued and respected members of the community.
Each school's Development Plan have improved academic performance at its centre. This can be achieved with sufficient resources, motivated, skilled and knowledgeable teachers, and well-nourished children who are able to eager to learn. This needs to be provided in a conducive, well maintained environment with good utility security. The cost of the development plan is ultimately the responsibility of the local community as highlighted in the Memorandum of Understanding but their low levels of income make the development unachievable. This is where LTT and its donors set in. Together the plans can be achieved and poverty can be alleviated. Once built the school and the community must participate in developing sustainable, cost effective social enterprises where the profits can be directed to maintaining the assets that the school has been gifted.
The Tanzania Government does not yet consider the education of 5-7 year old children as part of the free primary education programme. As such it is an education that must be paid for and one that the poorest can ill afford.
Kindergarten education provides the foundation onto which all further education is built yet few kindergartens have books, toys or any learning materials at all.
If you want to read more about how LTT are tackling this problem please click HERE
The Primary Schools
The Livingstone Tanzania Trust is currently working with 3 primary schools where, together with the school development committee, we have developed bespoke School Development Plans for each school. The schools vary in size with the largest having over 100 students in one classroom. Click on the school to learn more...
With little resources Secondary Schools struggle to provide a good education to the young people who have worked so hard to get there. LTT has worked with 2 secondary schools to help them reduce their outgoings so that they can use what little resources they have more effectively. if you want to read about how we do that, click HERE
Sponsoring Students and Teachers
The greatest gift you can give is education. Where a person is educated the chances are they will live longer, marry later, have smaller families that they will be able to feed and care for. They will be more tolerant and understanding and less likely to resort to violence as a means to resolve problems.
To read about how we support students and kindergarten teachers please click HERE
When the Tanzanian Government made education free and compulsory there was a wave of uptake and not enough teachers to meet the demand. the immediate reaction was to reduce the qualification time and bar so that new teachers could be drafted in.
While free primary education is important, the quality of that education is equally important.
The biggest problem the Town Education Academic Officers face is the teaching of English, Maths and Science. Click HERE to learn abut what LTT is doing to address this.
Diarrhoea is often a problem at school with bacteria being easily transmitted. Diarrhoea is a killer and must be taken seriously. LTT provide lessons in cross contamination, prevention and cure so that no time is wasted in bringing back good health to the students. To learn more please click HERE.
Ranking alongside the the most important considerations for a good education is the ability of the students to learn. This is directly related to their diet. A well balanced diet will provide the child with the mental ability to absorb and recall the information they are being taught.
The schools we worked with had tried and failed to run a school meal programme. Click HERE to read about how we turned this around.
By introducing agricultural training into the school we can help educate the next generation of farmer whilst providing the school with both an income and source of food for the school meals.
To learn about how we are providing this training, please click HERE
The long term plan is for schools to have their own sources of income that can supplement the funds from the local authorities and the community.
Click HERE to read about what ideas are being put onto practice
LTT believe that everyone, where ever they are ought to make the effort to reduce their carbon footprint. By introducing this concept into schools LTT believe changes can be made. To learn more about how we are being energy efficient in schools click HERE
LTT helped establish the Manyara Girl Guides because we believe that cultural development must come from within the community and not be imposed upon it from outside. LTT supports the women and girls in the community as they challenge traditional gender inequality and express their desire to sit at the table as equals.
If you want to read about the work of the girl guides please click HERE
With so many of the community being reliant on the environment for their livelihoods, it is vital that the community understand how to protect their environment so that it can continue to look after them. To read about the steps we are taking please click HERE