It has been a long time since we last updated our blog and we have several updates and exciting news. Last year, in conjunction with the community of Lomiyon we set out to reach our goal of building a new class for the children, this was achieved in November 2014.
Thank you to our loyal supporters, followers and past volunteers who believed in our mission, worked alongside the organisation and community and raised much needed funds to help us achieve our goal.
How we did it?
In February last year the Maasai community of Lomiyon raised 1 million TZ shillings towards the construction of a new class, with rainy season set to start, the class was in poor condition and a new class was needed urgently. With the money raised the community bought 1,000 bricks and asked us to raise the remaining funds to build the class.
What we did?
The build of the class took place in 3 stages
Stage 1 - laying the foundation & school build
Stage 2 - building the roof
Stage 3 - Plastering the floor & fitting the windows & doors
Education is a basic human right.
We believe that the value of a classroom is not just the bricks and mortar but what happens inside. We encourage and engage the community of Lomiyon to realize the importance of building a class that does not finish with the construction of their class. We build a school in partnership with the local community, that is sustainable, uses indigenous knowledge in the classroom, provides a good education and becomes the focus of community life.
Establishing a school committee
The school committee is an elected board consisting of parents, the Head Teacher and other respected community members. The focus of the committee is to ensure students attend school daily, the teachers follow the school curriculum, parents encourage their children to attend school daily and see the value of their children gaining an education, oversee the keeping of the school environment and to decide on what indigenous knowledge will be used in the classroom.
The school environment includes everything from safe classrooms, toilets for both boys and girls, a staff room and a school playing ground. All schools should have these things to ensure children are in an environment conducive to learning.
We also aim to address the additional needs such as the provision of a clean and safe water source, a food store and a kitchen.
When a community mobilises to support a school it can be a powerful force for development and for improving the quality of teaching and learning.
In addition to providing basic education, we want the school to serve as a symbol of community autonomy, community vitality, community integration, personal and community tradition, and personal and community identity.
The Maasai community leaders and the broader community have committed to the project and agree to the following:
Provide Teacher Training
We want our teachers to share good practice and provide support to each other. As a result, this will motivate teachers to share what they have learned, and willing to try out different ways of working tested by others.
We have two untrained Maasai woman teaching at the class. We provide the teachers and pupils with textbooks and teaching aids, and we rely on volunteers to share their knowledge to support the development of the teachers
In Sept 2013 we sponsored Lazaro, involved with the project from the beginning to train as a qualified teacher, a lifetime dream for Lazaro to teach and to educate his tribe, in May this year he successfully qualified and is now teaching full time at Idimayii class.
Last year we partnered with Eretoto Foundation to introduce culturally relevant flashcards at the class. Their mission is to work collaboratively with underserved communities to advance education, development, human rights and women’s empowerment initiatives in Tanzania and Kenya.
The aim is to develop teaching material that reflect the children’s immediate environment and culture to foster an atmosphere of cultural positivity and empowerment. Language and culture are vital to any community’s identity and it should be encouraged in the classroom as an integral part of the learning experience.
How you can help
Every pound makes a difference!
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Ashe naleng' / Asante sana / Thank you very much