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Tanzania’s public schools have a range of unmet needs for basic facilities.  The Meali Primary School, the first that Friends of Meali International worked with, required help with everything.  In just five years, we completely, physically, transformed the school.  The measurable results were a dramatic improvement in the percentage of students qualifying for secondary school, an increased number of teachers hired at Meali, and a dramatic improvement of the ranking of the school in the district.  Working closely with the School Committee, teaching staff and community  we now have developed a “template” and some expertise for understanding what’s needed, the costs involved, and how best to prioritize and implement the projects.

Friends of Meali International has developed a two-phase approach to improving a school’s educational environment.

Phase OneProjects.  Focus on the capital improvements in the form of discrete projects that will maximize the amount of time and energy the students and teachers can focus on the educational process and introduce the modern teaching tools that facilitate and expand their learning opportunities.

Phase TwoPrograms.  Provide ongoing programs to help all elements of the community – parents, students, and teachers – understand the importance of education and be better prepared and more motivated to pursue it; awaken the children’s desire to dream big, learn more, and broaden their horizons; influence the teachers to stimulate their students’ curiosity still further and generate excitement in the classroom and enthusiasm for class participation. read more

These two developmental phases can overlap, but in the initial aspects of developing our relationship with a school, Phase One generally takes precedence and requires more extensive funding.

Capital improvement projects we have undertaken for the Meali Primary School include:  text books; desks; clean water; teacher housing; classrooms; a student center with kitchen, dining hall, library, computer center, and secure storage; and latrines.  We have installed solar power systems in the student center and in the teacher housing buildings.  These projects have provided a major boost to the campus infrastructure that would have taken decades for the school’s community to accomplish. read more  Other schools need only some of these improvements, which we can jointly select and prioritize from this template of needs.  We have completed phase one projects for  Losirwa Primary School and are now continuing with phase one projects for Oldeani Primary school read more

Books and Desks…  read more

Clean Water…  read more

Teacher Housing…  read more

Student Center…  read more

Solar Power…  read more

Classrooms…  read more

Latrines…  read more

 

Lucas meeting with Losirwa's School Committee and head teacher to discuss projects. Friends of Meali takes all its leads for projects from the community

Lucas Mhina, Director of Friends of Meali Tanzania Limited, lives and works in Tanzania. He is responsible for designing and implementing the various projects and programs.