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Books and Desks

The Tanzanian government provides very few text books and desks.  Teachers write the text book material on the blackboard for students to copy in their exercise books.  Desks designed for 2 are often occupied by 3-4 children.  At some schools, many – or even most – of the children sit on the floor.  Friends of Meali’s goal for its partner schools is to ensure that no more than two children need to share a book or a desk.  This fundamental need is typically the first we address in working with a new school as it was for Meali Primary School.  Losirwa Primary School now has enough books and desks for all its classes.  Oldeani Primary School received over 1100 text books from us at the start of its 2014 school year in January.  Many more are needed.

The Tanzanian government has thoughtfully changed the curriculum for K-2 next year.  Unfortunately they do not fund the books necessary for this change.  You can help. You can DONATE desks ($45 each)  or books at any time. This makes a meaningful alternative gift for someone’s birthday, holiday, or faith ritual celebration.


$45 dollars buys one pair of students a complete set of text books or a desk

Meali New Desks 3, Jul 08

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