Help build a successful Tanzanian K-7 school
Organized by: Shikabania English School
Shikabania is a K-7 school in a small Tanzanian village founded in 2010 to provide an excellent education for the children of poor families. The need for English language skills is critical for them to continue their education and for employment. Unfortunately adequate English is not available in the local government school, partially since those teachers are strapped with often 60 children in a class.
Shikabania currently has 38 students and three teachers, in a single building. Their goal is to grow to 200 students, 8 teachers, and four buildings. They recently received permission from the Tanzanian government in Dar es Salaam to continue adding on to the school.
Shikabania is now poised to change the lives of an entire village, now that they have an established school program, teachers, books, desks, and approval to expand from the government, all they need is funding. With $10,000 they could double their size by adding an additional two classrooms with everything needed including teacher salaries. With $25,000 they could reach their full potential.
Juliette Reilly earned her teaching credentials and taught for many years in the United States. She helped start and run a small school in Oakland, California for disadvantaged children. In 1995 she helped organize, run and taught in a small school in rural Michoacán, Mexico.
In 2010 Juliette came to Africa and started a library in Meru, north of Arusha, Tanzania. She then began to assist in the progress of Shikabania English Medium School which had been started by a church pastor wanting a non-religious school for village children on the church land. He found some benches, a local woman who would work for nothing, and the project began with 10 kids.
In 2011, the Dream Children Foundation funded the classroom and uniforms for the children. They bought books and supplies, tables and chairs for the Kindergarten class, and hired a full-time teacher ($50/month). They hired a cook ($20/mo.) bought maize and milk, and gave the children porridge every day.
In 2012, with the Dream Children Foundation in partnership, Shikabania hired a second teacher and added a first grade. Most of their funds that year were spent trying to get the school registered with local, district and federal authorities. (A long and painful process that is expected to be accomplished this year.)
In 2014 they hired a third teacher to initiate an afternoon class for the advanced learners (and now have a small 2nd/3rd grade class), and secured the 'kitchen' for storage of firewood and supplies.
The school buildings are approximately 50'x25' (17x8 meters) divided into two classrooms two by a wall. They are cement block construction covered in stucco with grilled windows and doors and a metal roof. Ours will be painted blue with brown trim. They are built on rock foundation with a cement floor. The cost for materials for each building is around $4,000 usd and labor is around $3,000 usd.