Our “fundi” (contractor) from the Karanga Vocational School began a “makeover” of the Kilimahewa school about two weeks ago. Although the “kids” hated to be out of school – this is Tanzania where school is a blessing – Mama Grace divided them into teams to help clean up, fix and improve their school. I am going to share a few pictures with you to see this process. Don’t really have the before/after shots yet, and we are still waiting on a few things such as the new desks and blackboards (in this regard, TZ is just like our contractors here – all done except for…..) but already the atmosphere is clean and more fitting for a place of learning. The students are joyful and the best piece of news is that a new teacher who has a good command of English and readily connects with the “kids,” has joined our community.
We think that this formula – students who want to learn, teachers qualified to teach, an atmosphere conducive to both, and support from those with resources – will make Kilimahewa a model – albeit a small scale model – of effective education in Tanzania’s poor communities.