We've won £17,585 to build three more classrooms for 135 children!
A huge thank you to the British Foreign School Society for their generous contribution of £17,585 to contribute to the completion of 3 classrooms at our partner primary school that’s located in rural Tanzania. We really appreciate that they are believing in us to help bring disadvantaged children a high quality education to give them a good chance of breaking the poverty cycle.
Our partner organisation in Tanzania (CHETI NGO) had already built the foundations of 5 classrooms in 2018, with the hope that they would be able to finish the classrooms over the coming years. Made With Hope decided to take on this project and try to fundraise to complete the 5 foundation classrooms, plus 3 more.
So far, we’ve fully completed 2 classrooms for 90 students. Now, we are beginning the construction of 3 classrooms to education 135 students.
Why is this project needed?
The government recommends 45 students per classroom and teacher. CHETI school currently has 8 classrooms (grades 1-7); every one of them is overcrowded due to the demands of the community and the governments push to get all children into education. The school is suitable for 360 students yet CHETI school is currently educating 603 children (51-102 students per classroom). There are 243 extra children in the school with an ever growing waiting list of new students.
This is putting children's education at risk causing teachers to become stressed as it is difficult to give each student the required attention. Some students are not attending as they are falling behind in class.
One classroom costs approximately £7,000. As always, we are using local contractors, labourers and building materials to construct the classrooms.
How will this project be sustainable?
* Sponsor a child programme
* Contribution from some parents for small school fees (more than half the price of most private schools). These families are poor, but they have some small income (often because both parents are still alive and within the family household) so there are two incomes coming in. The families will often choose one of their children to go to CHETI school in the hope that they will go onto help bring the family out of poverty.
* Income generation activities
We cannot wait to update you on this! We hope the classrooms will be completed by the end of this year to open them in the new school year of Jan 2020!