LOCATION:

Orkeeswa School in Monduli, Tanzania

PROJECT TEAM:

Williams University

PARTICULAR NEED:

Orkeeswa School required the construction and furnishing of the school’s only A-Level classrooms, particularly to provide female students with two more years of a secondary level curriculum.

CUSTOMIZED SOLUTION:

Build 2 additional classrooms to accommodate A-Level students and add technology components.

ENROLLMENT:

25 additional female students enrolled in A-Level classes per year.

Total Raised: 

$11,613

AREA OVERVIEW:

Only 30% of rural females within the Monduli population are literate. Particularly in this underprivileged region, access to secondary education is greatly diminished and cultural practices significantly disadvantaged female students.

SUSTAINABILITY PLAN:

In progress with additional projects to come.

PARTNERS:

Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFTZ)

PROJECT STATUS:

Construction began March 2015 with deadline of July 2015; future impact evaluation planned to determine success of project.



“Orkeeswa is the best school to prepare you to do
well in your studies and get to University. Now that
I am going to the University of Dar es Salaam, I can’t
even describe how happy I am. I worked hard to get
here, and I am so thankful for the education I got
at Orkeeswa, from my classes of course, but also
everything I learned about life and how to work hard
and take care of myself.”
— Margaret, Orkeeswa Graduate

Currently only 10% of the population receives secondary education in Tanzania, because the government does not fund education beyond primary school. For every 100 boys who complete secondary education, only 83 girls do the same. The need for education is much more significant in rural areas. For example, in the Monduli district of Tanzania, approximately 45% of rural males over 14 are literate, while only 30% rural females are literate. Located in the Monduli district is Orkeeswa School, which was founded in 2008 and offers O-level (the first four years) and A-level (the next 2 years) secondary education to the surrounding community.

Orkeeswa School is run by the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFTZ), a non-profit organization that was founded to support the opening and development of the school. Orkeeswa is the only secondary school within its catchment area, and the faculties of Orkeeswa both provide education for the female students, as well as work with girls and their families to prevent dropouts due to pregnancy and early marriage. Orkeeswa currently has no classroom space to accommodate its newest class of A-level students who will commence their Form 5 year in July 2015. This class includes 8 female students, and Orkeeswa’s eventual goal is to have 20 female students continue onto A-level each year, with a five-year goal of 100 female students completing A-level. Circle of Women will help support the construction and furnishing of A-level classrooms and the installation of technology into the classrooms at Orkeeswa.

We do Community Service teaching because our education is not only about being good at national exams or being good at school, it’s about being good at our communities. This experience prepares us to do anything we wish. I now know that I can do any job I want because I can use my imagination and creativity to handle any situation. I am learning more than just what I have been studying in school.
— Agnes, 10th Grade/Form Four