Why is our Target 4,000 Euro?

Originally our target was 4,000€ to pay for one year’s education for all 4 of Kanuth’s children. Kanuth recently took a loan from the bank to pay the school fees. Now his debt to the bank is around 3,425€. He has paid some back after earning from various mini-jobs.

4,000€ remains our target and if we achieve that (or more) then Kanuth will pay whatever amount is still outstanding with the bank and the remainder will be paid into the UNICEF fund which is attempting to improve education in the third world. The exact details will be posted on this website after the sponsored walk is complete and all donating is stopped (approximately the end of June 2022).

Kanuth’s children are all in private schools – read each of the following sections (click the grey buttons) to see his justification, backed up by the Allianz and Unicef.

Kevin’s Reasoning (a longish text but provides good background)(click this bar)

Allianz’s View on Tanzanian Schools(click this bar)

Unicef’s View on Tanzanian Schools(click this bar)

Kanuth’s Reasoning(click this bar)

Kevin’s Thoughts On Why the Target of 4,000 € is Essential.

I travelled with a backpack for over a year in 10 African nations. I have also worked in two of those countries. But it was first in 1999 that I made it to Tanzania. In all of those countries I discovered poor but happy and humble people. Their hospitality was amazing, they invited me into their primitive homes and shared whatever they had with me. In the poorer rural districts youngsters, sometimes totally uneducated or at best poorly educated, moved in huge numbers to the cities looking for work and enough money to live.

The majority of those were unlucky. Some survived in shanty towns, a dangerous way of life with many temptations like drugs, alcohol and crime. Some of them found various forms of honest low income jobs, like sitting on a stone all night long without any form of defense, as security guards outside factories and car parks. Many others found no work. They remainedn the unemployed of the cities instead of the unemployed of rural areas. Life is still not easy for them. Nowadays, the vast economic migration brings them to our shores, but even our resources cannot cope with all of them, and we can only offer some of them a better life. Others have just exchanged the shanty towns for a room in a refugee home. I speak also with experience having worked as a refugee helper in Puchheim for three years.

The best way to end this cycle is to ensure a better education for these people in their home lands. And not just an education but we must invest in their countries to give them the chance to use their education in modern jobs. Given the right education they could, for example, even contribute to environmental improvements for a better climate. Africa has much sun and wind to harvest!

Tanzania is a very friendly and stable country. One reason for its stability is that no single tribe has taken power and marriages between tribes is quite common. Like everywhere else in the world (even here) there is crime and corruption. Tanzanian presidents have (during my period of frequent visits 1999 – 2014) made several improvements. There is some petty corruption at the lower levels of administration but at the presidential level the form of corruption that I could see is that presidents have often neglected the nation but have vastly improved infrastructure in their own local regions. Since the presidents have come from various tribes, meaning various regions the country has improved in various places. I have witnessed that in three different places. Once I travelled along the same road that Dr. Livingstone travelled from Bagamayo towards the Maasai Steppe and it was no more than a dirt track and swamp. Now it is a new highway with small towns, shopping and businesses spread along the way. The road from Makuyuni to Ngorongoro was, in 1999, a very bumpy dirt track and in 2005 it was a new tarmacked, wide road. The same applies to the road running from Kibiti to Lindi which was an all day nightmare in 2003, it became a new tarmacked road just a few years later.

The late president Magufuli abolished school fees in 2015. Now parents only have to afford school uniforms and books etc. A great idea! However, what is historically a very poor state education has not improved just because there are no longer any school fees, it has got worse. You can read independent assessments of the state of Tanzanian education (in European languages) on the AllianzCare and Unicef websites. Allianz is a world wide Insurance company. Their AllianzCare program advises parents that are moving to Tanzania. Click the relevant grey buttons above for details,

Kanuth’s first two children, Collin and Kevin, began school before the expensive state school fees were dropped. With his knowledge that private schools provided a much better education it was easy for him to decide. He had always told me that he wanted his children educated to a far better standard than he himself was given. Even after the school fees were dropped Kanuthi chose private schools for his two girls.

Since the pandemic began and tourism diminished Kanuth has gone into debt to keep his chidren at school. I think he has made the right decision, hopefully tourism will begin to recover later this year.

If you are a parent with a child at school, how would you feel if your child was taken out of the grammar school and put into a lower level secondary school? Just a single donation of 15€ or less would help!

Allianz Review

Public schools in Tanzania

While academic achievement is highly valued in Tanzanian society, public schools, especially in the more rural parts of the country, struggle to meet basic standards required. Facilities are basic, class sizes are large and teachers don’t always receive adequate training. Public schools in Tanzania only charge minimal fees to cover the cost of uniforms and stationery.

The primary language of instruction at public schools in Tanzania is Kiswahili with English being taught as a second language. However, with most local children having no prior knowledge of English, the standards tend to be quite low. This language barrier as well as poor quality of the facilities in place at these schools means that public schooling isn’t a viable option for most expat families.

Private schools in Tanzania

Locals that can afford to send their children to private schools in Tanzania often do so. While private schools still follow the national curriculum, the strength of their English-medium programmes tends to be better. Furthermore, these institutions offer smaller class sizes, better teaching standards and more adequate facilities.

However, the demand for places at private schools tends to be high among the local population, especially because students who do not pass the primary school leaving exam cannot attend a public secondary school.

Full details from AllianzCarehere

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Unicef Review of Tanzanian Schools

State Schools Overwhelmed

“The fee-free policy led to a dramatic increase in enrollment in pre- primary and early primary education, by about 31 per cent by 2017,” said Mashaka Frederick Daviden, the head teacher at Mabande, which also happens to be the largest primary school in the city.

But the welcome influx of students also came with a challenge. The number of students grew much faster than the schools’ infrastructure, resulting in a skewed teacher-to-pupil ratio in classrooms and inadequate resources.

Talia Ahmedy Mbuguni, a pre-primary teacher at the school, has 221 children in her class, nearly 10 times the ideal size for that age group. The children have a hard time in understanding what is being taught. “A smaller classroom would allow me to reach every child individually,” added Talia.

Donatha David Mshana teaches one of the several Standard I (grade 1) classes in the school. Her 203 pupils have to share 50 textbooks and desks, while they sit in tight rows of four – a cheerful but crowded cohort of little heads huddled over one book.

Quality of Education

Quality of teaching and learning are negatively impacted when the pupil- to teacher ratio stands as high as 145:1 in mainland Tanzania, with Dar es Salaam having the best ratio at 41:1 and Lindi the worst at 481:1. This calls for an urgent need for accelerating teacher deployment in lower grades, and in schools with the widest gaps.

Full details from UNICEF here

Kanuth’s Reasons for Choosing Private Schools

  • most government schools are not performing well academically.
  • I was not lucky to be educated properly. So when my children arrived my first priority was to give them a good education. This is why I decided to put them into private schools, where the quality of education is much better.
  • I believe if they are well educated then they will have a good life in future. As I have told you (Kevin), their education is my first priority in my life.
  • After my wife abandoned me and the children I was glad that the private schools are also boarding schools. Before the pandemic I was often away on safari and could not be at home to look after them.
  • Hopefully the pandemic is soon over and I can resume my safari business. Then I will no longer need financial help.
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