The construction site of the teachers' accomendation
Students in the new school building in Sokon
Lilian teaches in Sokon. She is one of the support teachers VGF support
VGF supports two different villages on the slopes of Ketumeine and we concentrate our support to the two primary schools in the villages. In Tanzania, the government supports all primary schools with teachers, while the local village is responsible for school buildings and teachers’ accommodation.
When we support a project, we strive to engage the whole village. VGF contributes with part of the costs, but the village needs to be involved. Together with the leaders of the village, we decide what is most urgent. We also keep in contact with other help organizations to co-ordinate our help and support.
The primary school in Sokon teaches pre-school up to grade 6. VGF has sponsored both school facilities and teachers’ accommodation. Today, the school has got five classrooms, divided on approximately 500 students. A new school-building with two classrooms and a teachers’ staff room was finalized in the beginning of this year. This helped to officially register the primary school in Sokon. There is a great need for more teachers and new staff accoomendation. The construction of a new teachers accomondation started this July.
A new building for teachers’ accommodation was completed at Olchoronyokie during 2016. There are eight teachers teaching grade one to grade seven, a total of approximately 400 students. The teacher’s accommodation makes it possible to hire more teachers
To understand what the most urgent needs are, we have regular contact with the leaders in the villages. Apart from school buildings, VGF has sponsored piping and other materials to provide the villages with water.
The villages in the area around Kibumbeine are remote and sometimes difficult to access. This often makes is difficult to hire dedicated teachers and as a result there is a teachers’ shortage in both schools. Therefore, we have decided to support former students who have finished Secondary school form 4. They help with the day to day teaching and today we sponsor twelve so called support-teachers, six at Olchoronyokie and six at Sokon.
We have noticed that the support-teachers dedication and understanding for the local village is an asset for the teaching at school. When the pupils meet former students from their own village who have got an education, it motivates them to further educate themselves. VGF strives to help to further educate teachers who are willing to stay on in the area.