Let Us Learn
Let Us Learn projects involve building schools in rural Arusha, Tanzania in partnership with the local community
What is Let Us Learn?
Let Us Learn projects exist to provide opportunities for high-quality education for children living in poor rural communities in Tanzania. We do this by building new schools to educate some of the poorest children in Tanzania. We work in partnership with CHETI NGO, a local Tanzanian charity to help design and implement Let Us Learn projects.
These projects are created because in the rural communities of Arusha, Tanzania there are very poor opportunities for good quality primary and secondary education. There is no public transport in the area, therefore the nearest secondary school is over 8km walk away, and with no real roads, in the rainy season it is near impossible to walk there. The quality of education is very poor and the teachers often don’t attend classes. This means that for the hundreds of children living in this community, there is no real hope to get out of poverty.
Let Us Learn School #1: CHETI Secondary School (complete)
Since May 2016, we have been working hard to fundraise and develop our biggest project yet to educate 250 children in Nadasoito, Tanzania. In September 2019, we finally completed the building of CHETI Secondary school, which includes high quality science labs, lots of classrooms, offices and toilets for boys and girls. Working in collaboration with a local Tanzanian NGO, CHETI, who provide exemplary knowledge regarding education and poverty in their community, we significantly contributed to the building of a secondary school in Nadasoito, Arusha, Tanzania. Government permits were granted in 2016 to build the area’s first secondary school, which will cater for 45 students in the next academic year starting January 2019, reaching a capacity of 250 students by 2022.
The school will offer the standard academic subjects, health/girl empowerment workshops and free school meals to boost attendance. There will also be toilets on campus, which has been highlighted as a barrier to attendance, especially for girls during menstruation.
The project will promote education, specifically for children living in poverty, offering all of the standard UK academic subjects. English will be taught to a high level, giving students the opportunity to find skilled work and access Tanzania’s ever-growing tourism industry. The students will be able to access qualifications up to O-Level (GCSE equivalent).
This school will offer:
- A high quality of secondary education for 250 poor children living in this very rural community (GCSE standard)
- Provide nutritious meals and clean safe drinking water to keep the student’s healthy.
- Access to vocational studies such as carpentry, tailoring for children who want to explore a non-academic route (from 2021)
- Workshops to improve the health and development of the students and the local community.
Why This School Was Needed
Most families in Nadasoito have no source of regular income. The majority are people work in agriculture and the average life expectancy is 55 years old. Only 30% of Tanzanian children attend secondary school, with most students attending coming from urban areas. Without continuing education, it is near impossible for families to break the cycle of poverty, children run the risk of engaging in child labour and girls are particularly vulnerable, falling victim to early marriage, early pregnancy, HIV infection, survival sex and gender based violence.
Photos Of CHETI Secondary School
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Let Us Learn School #2: CHETI Primary School (new project)
Our partner, CHETI NGO in rural Tanzania, who exists to decrease poverty in their community, has a primary school that is now incredibly over its capacity. This is due to the extremely high quality education CHETI offers (top 5% in 2017 national exams in Tanzania). This is putting the 530 students education at risk of suffering. Some classes are nearly double the capacity (85 instead of 45 students) because the government regard CHETI’s education so highly and therefore recommend the school frequently. The local population is also dramatically increasing, putting a strain on CHETI school to accommodate these children. Government school classrooms in the area are often three times over capacity, charge parents unexpected fees such as “hiring a desk” or “maintenance costs to the school”, teachers often don’t turn up because they are not paid and education is of poor quality. CHETI have now had to refuse taking in any more children, which has resulted in a long waiting list of local children wanting to attend CHETI to gain high-quality education.
There is a great need to build nine extra classrooms to allow each year group to have two class streams and help provide education for an additional 405 students. This will enable each class to have one teacher and 45 students in each, an ideal learning capacity in rural Tanzania. CHETI have recently funded and built one classroom for Grade 1 (Phase 1). They did this through their own savings from the small school fees they charge, plus a large donation from a volunteer who worked there in 2017. This project will be built in three phases. Phase 1 is complete. We are currently seeking funding to build five more classrooms as part of Phase 2. The foundations for Phase 2 have already been funded and built by CHETI in August 2018.
We need to raise £21,000 to build the first five classrooms. If you’d like to get involved in supporting this primary school for children like Anna and Aneth (above) please click here.
We Collaborate With CHETI NGO
All of Made With Hope’s are in partnership with the amazing CHETI NGO, a registered Tanzanian charity. CHETI is well established in their community and has reducing poverty through education in rural Tanzania sine 1997, educating thousands of children to date. CHETI is responsible for helping to assess the needs of the local community and to manage the project when we have to be back in the UK. We empower them with funding, capacity building and help to monitor and evaluate our collaborative projects. Since CHETI’s establishment, they have had successful collaborations with USA, Canadian, European and Australian organisations to develop projects for poor children. If you’d like to read more about CHETI please visit here.