Since meeting with the villagers and designing a development programme we have fund raised for it and progress has been made.
- Dangerous classrooms and dangerous head teachers office have been demolished.
- Dangerous roof over classrooms and teachers office has been removed
- Two new classrooms have been built
- One new teachers office has been built
- 18 new toilets cubicles have been started together with an incinerator
Plans for 2016
- Complete the toilets
- renovate classrooms 1,2,3,6,7,8,9 and 10
- Build a new kitchen
- Build a market garden
The Malangi Primary School is 15 km north of Babati and a beautiful yet arid rural setting. The community are all small holder subsistence farmers who have been living in extreme poverty and struggled to meet the contributions needed to stop the decay of their community primary school. In 2014 the Town Director was going to shut the school down such was the poor state of the classrooms.
In 2014 LTT and MCDO sat down with the community leaders and opened up discussions about what the community need to do to partner with LTT. This discussion was then opened up to the whole community where LTT explained what has been achieved in other schools and that is they want the same here they must:-
- provide a school meal service for the children.
- provide bricks and large stones for construction projects.
- provide unskilled labour to assist the builders.
- Welcome the visitors/volunteers warmly.
By working with the community we aim to assist them turn the school around and create a somewhere where the community can be proud to send their children, where they will be safe, inspired and empowered to progress on to secondary school. Our plans have the full support of the Town Director, the Education, Ward and Village Executive Officers, the Community, teachers and the students from the outset
In 2014 the school had 293 students including kindergarten with 26 in Grade 7 and 59 in Kindergarten.
In the last 7 years only once has more than 50% of the year group passed the National end of primary school exams, with 8% being the lowest in 2009.
The exam results for 2003 highlight that 47% passed Swahili, 36% passed social science, 33% passed science, 22% passed maths and only 8% passed English. This at a time when English is the medium of instruction in secondary schools and vital for anyone who wishes to progress to secondary school.
Attendance in 2012 was 71% and in 2013 was 80%
Classrooms 4 and 5, the headmaster office and a store have been fully demolished and the construction of 2 new classrooms and a new teachers office has begun was fully completed by Feb 2016 with guttering added in March
250 text books have been delivered to the school to assist address the terrible resource imbalance.
A tree nursery has been started and 20 banana trees planted
The 2 in 1 teachers' house has been completed with toilets and showers.
School meals programme has started
We have sat down and discussed with the local leaders and the whole community the progress of 2015 and the proposed plans for 2016 and all were approved
School Development Targets
- Improve academic performance with an initial target of 60% of students passing Grade 7.
- Improved attendance levels fro 70% to 90%
- Reduce drop out rates from 10% to 0%
- Community participation to include feeding, maintenance and construction programmes
- Establishment of a tree planting campaign for fuel wood and fodder to create both self sufficiency and generate income within an 8 year time scale.
- Develop income generation projects that can contribute to the school maintenance programme and promote entrepreneurship.
- Improve the school's water security to enable construction, farming, cleaning, cooking, drinking and income generation
Improving self reliance
In 2014 the World Bank (WB) laid pipes to the school to provide water but to date the water has not been turned on and there has been no communication between the community and WB as to prices and reliability of the supply.
LTT undertook a survey and with its recommendation we drilled to 150 meter in an effort to find water but failed to find any, so the school is now totally reliant on rainfall and waiting for World Bank
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.