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Furahini Youth Learning Center 

In Collaboration with Furahini Partners for Social Change20151002_113258

Status: Completed
Program Area: Educational Development
Program Type: Grant

Through a grant to the Furahini Partners for Social Change, the Mo Dewji Foundation sponsored a project to promote education in the rural village of Kisangara, Kilimanjaro Region. In Kisangara, too many students were being failed by the public education system, especially when it came time to make the switch to secondary school, where courses were taught in English and there was a serious lack of teachers for STEM fields. This led to a huge demand for quality education, which children of poorer families could not access.

Background

Kisangra is a semi-arid area and the majority of people have migrated there due to the employment offered by local sisal production. Sisal is a dominant crop in the area, and our partner MeTL Group operates most of the local farms, employing a majority of the students’ families. This donation therefore reflects well MeTL’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts of creating positive impact among the community involved in the Company’s businesses

Prolonged draught each year has resulted into an alarming rate of poverty within the society. Children are highly affected by the situation, as their families cannot afford to send them into quality schools, thus students are forced to join public schools that can hardly manage to shape their future.

According to Furahini Youth Learning Centre (FYLC) coordinator Mr. Msuya Isiaka, the idea of establishing the Centre comes from his long experience of teaching and witnessing the high level of failure in National Exams from Government Secondary Schools’ students in the village.

“Learning has become a critical problem into our society as often students in
secondary schools owned by the Government find no teachers: sometimes, if lucky enough, there is just one Mathematic teacher in a whole school. Not to mention other subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Biology.” he said, adding that the problem of less committed and dedicated teachers has a far
negative impact to students.  “We believe that proper education is our major weapon against this gripping rate of poverty which circles the generations of

Kisangara village” he said.

The Project

The Foundation donated over Tsh 8,000,000 for construction of the Furahini Youth Learning Center, which is intended to address the serious academic gap between public and private schools, and supplement children’s education specifically in STEM fields. The center was built on a half acre of land, and located in Kisangara Village in Mtuva Ward, and construction completed in early 2015.

Learning activities began in June, 2015. Active and interactive learning is integrated in all science subjects taught at the center. Subjects taught include chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics. Additionally, the center has
library and computer rooms, which provide much-needed resources to poor students.

The Results

FYLC has become a community center that represents hope and opportunity for a better future. Students at the Furahini Youth Learning Center are able to
develop the necessary academic and ICT-related skills they need to succeed, and the center is effectively reducing the huge academic gap between public and private schools.

Refurbishment of Jangwani Secondary School Sports Grounds

 

In collaboration with Kidoti Organization

Status: Completed
Program Area: School Infrastructure
Program Type: Grant


Background

Sports and recreation are an integral part of school life, and students and community congregate at sports grounds for athletic contests, intramural activities, and personal fitness. Sports can be an effective strategy to prevent youth from participating in negative, peer-pressured habits.

Providing girls with access to sports can also contribute to gender equality in education. Girls’ participation in sports challenges gender stereotypes, and these young women can grow to become mentors to others. They have the opportunity to be leaders, and acquire confidence and important interpersonal skills, allowing them to become more engaged and successful in school and community life.

The Project

The sports facilities at Jangwani Secondary School were not adequate for the amount of use they had. With the funding of the Mo Dewji Foundation, the Kidoti Organization is renovating the sports grounds, adding in courts for tennis, basketball, and netball.
The improved facilities will bring new life to the school and community. It will allow students to take full advantage of the extracurricular programs offered at their school, as well as to compete in sports competitions with nearby schools and participate in other community-building activities.

Ngeza School Dormitory

In collaboration with Ngeza – Urban MP Hussein Mohammed Bashe

Status: Ongoing
Program Area: School Infrastructure
Program Type: Grant

Background

Ngeza has a population of 87,860, 35% of whom live below the national poverty line. The region, however, has vast economic opportunities, notably in the agricultural sector. Ngeza Urban Constituency was established in 2015 and has more than 40,000 registered residents. The region suffered from a significant lack of secondary schools. There were only 8 schools for 10 wards, and the existing schools lacked sufficient classrooms and other resources. Dormitories were a specific issue. Due to the geographic nature of Ngeza, dormitories helped students eliminate the problems associated with long trips to school and the associated drop outs.

The Project

As part of a wide-ranging development program instituted by Ngeza MP Hussein Mohammed Bashe, secondary schools in Ngeza received many upgrades. Among these schools was Bulunde Secondary School, which was almost completed, with only the dormitory missing. The Mo Dewji Foundation agreed to provide financial support for the construction of said dormitory, to allow the school to be fully functional and accessible for all students.

The Results

The construction of the Bulunde Secondary School dormitory allowed 100 female students to enroll in the school and continue their education.

Kindai Primary School Latrine Building Project 

In collaboration with the Doris Mollel Foundation

Status: Completed
Program Area: School Infrastructure
Program Type: Grant

Background

Latrines in schools are a problem across Tanzania. According to UNICEF, the pupil-to-latrine ratio is 25:1 for boys, and 20:1 for girls. The situation in Kindai Primary School, however, was much more severe.

Kindai Primary School is located in Manyoni District, Singida, and in 2014 had 823 pupils from grades one to seven. This entire school of students only had four holes in the ground to use as latrines, with two others for use by the teachers. This was a great challenge for both the students and the teachers, and made for an uncomfortable learning environment.

The Project

Through this project, we built a 16-hole modern toilet for the primary school, in order to create a more favorable learning environment for the students and teachers.

The Result

Building the new latrines in Kindai Primary School brought the pupil-to-latrine ratio down from 206:1 to 51:1 – a significant step forward. This project represented one of many important developments needed to improve the overall quality of the primary school, and enhance the learning environment for students.

Msinune School Rehabilitation Project 

In collaboration with Flaviana Matata Foundation

Status: Completed
Program Area: School Infrastructure
Program Type: Grant

The Project

The Mo Dewji Foundation donated toilet blocks to contribute to the rehabilitation of the Msinune Primary School in Bagamoyo.

The Results

New latrines were constructed, which are currently in use by 284 students. These new facilities contribute to the creation of a more conducive learning environment, and promote health and education in the Bagamoyo community.

Read International Book Storage Project

In collaboration with Read International and MeTL Group

Status: OngoingReadINT1
Program Area: School Resources
Program Type: Grant

The Grantee

READ International is an award winning charity which was founded in 2004 by a group of students at Nottingham University in the UK. The idea of collecting books and distributing them abroad was born out of one student’s travels in Tanzania, where he observed first-hand a distinct lack of access to educational resources and decided to take direct action to address the issue. To date READ International has donated over 1.4 million books to Tanzania and has set up 76 libraries in Secondary Schools creating independent, confident readers and energizing a culture of reading within schools.  Their mission is to improve access to educational resources for young people in Tanzania and support them in skills and capacity development.

The Program

Mo Dewji Foundation and READ International share the same belief that
young people have the ability to create change in their world, and that education is their most powerful tool.

The Mo Dewji Foundation is proud to support the crucial work that READ International is doing in Tanzania. Through the MeTL Group we grant free storage space for thousands of books that READ International will distribute across Tanzania. This support enables Read International to use its financial resources to do what it does best: help students learn. With this partnership, we are enabling students across Tanzania to get access to books.

You can find more info about READ International here: http://readinternational.or.tz/