Tanzania Trip BlogAugust 27 2012

It has been a very eventful first week on this visit for the EdUKaid UK team in Tanzania. Not only has Ally (Project Manager, Tanzania) assisted us in reporting, monitoring and reflecting on EdUKaid projects that are currently running; he has supported the work in assessing the needs and requirements for further Pre-Primary and Primary Schools that EdUKaid are hoping to support in the up-and-coming months.

It is a very exciting time as we are nearing completion of our first ‘new build’ for a Pre-Primary classroom at Msijute Primary School. There have been considerable developments since the last visit- with only a few desks and chairs to finish at this school before the primary children return, and the pre-primary children begin their learning in their new classroom in September. In visiting the project at Msijute, we met with the head-teacher who displayed many thanks from the Teacher’s, School committee and local community for the additions to the school. Take a look at our school projects page for further developments, and the ‘was and now’ pictures of Msijute Primary School.

In meeting with our current Montessori trained Pre-Primary teachers and their assistants; we were thrilled to find out how positive an impact in preparing children for Primary education the pre-primary classes are having. Learning the alphabet, counting up to one hundred, singing, dancing, sports games and developing life skills are just some of the activities the children have been learning and as feedback suggests – thoroughly enjoying!

We were also informed that recently the Local Municipal Mayor visited Singino School, where EdUKaid have introduced a Pre-Primary class. In speaking to one of our Tanzanian Trustee’s, Mr Fidelis, the Municipal Mayor demonstrated how pleased he was with early learning, children’s progress and their abilities at such an early age in the classroom.

As it is currently the school holidays, we haven’t managed to see the children in action in the classroom this time around. But with the beaming motivations of the EdUKaid staff in Mikindani we managed to get to explore new schools that EdUKaid are planning to work with. With the very much committed help of Ally and Jaylani (EdUKaid’s Tanzanian Project Coordinators) we have been able to identify the work that needs to be done in these schools, and in speaking with their local Fundi team of carpenters, masons and other tradesmen we can put timescales and plans in place.

A very eventful and successful week!

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