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Kisimani School Support

Service LearningService Learning | Education Tanzania

Project Overview

Kisimani School was built in 2011 as one of Arusha’s only free public schools with English as the primary language of instruction. The community in Mkonoo village worked for five years to get a primary school built on their land so that the youngest children would not have to walk seven to eleven kilometers to the nearest public school. With the grassroots support of their community leaders and the generous backing of overseas donors, the first four classrooms were built in partnership with Build African Schools.

In Tanzania, public primary school is traditionally taught in Kiswahili, while secondary school is taught in English. This gives students who have the resources to attend a private English language school a significant advantage over public school students. Kisimani School hopes to shrink this gap for local students with an aim to raise the bar for government primary schools and show what is possible when the community and its partners invest in education.

The Service Learning Program at Kisimani School involves practical projects around the school grounds and in some of the buildings. It includes running extra-curricular programs, teaching English, assisting students with computer literacy and helping with meal preparation. Teaching students and qualified teachers have the chance to assist the teaching staff in their classrooms and work with teachers on teaching methodology and lesson planning.

Timeframe for Involvement 

One to three weeks

Service Impact

  • In-depth cultural exchange with teaching staff and students
  • Teach computer literacy skills with teaching staff and students
  • Assist teachers and students with English language lessons
  • Run extracurricular activities for the students (sport, music and drama)
  • Participate in gardening and landscaping projects around the school
  • Work with teachers on lesson plans and teaching methodology (for teaching students only)

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain insight into the Tanzania culture through engagement with teaching staff and students
  • Experience teaching English as a foreign language
  • Observe teaching practices common in Tanzania’s public school system
  • Understand the challenges facing Tanzanian families and children

Accommodation

Outpost was Arusha’s very first bed-and-breakfast, opening in 1992. It has received accolades from many sources, including an award from his Honorable President Mwinyi, former President of Tanzania. Outpost is proud to be one of Arusha’s first establishments that is ‘Disabled Friendly.’ Set in a spacious, lowdensity, leafy suburb, the grounds are shaded by African tulips, wild fig trees, banana and palm trees. It’s a calm, friendly oasis away from the hustle-and-bustle of Arusha city life, but still easily within walking distance of the town center. The Outpost offers clean, comfortable and affordable board and lodging, tasty fresh cuisine, cold and hot beverages, free travel advice and a warm, safe atmosphere.


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