High school hopes

Tanzania: Moya-Mayoka Secondary School opens the door to brighter futures

October 2020

In spite of COVID-19 restrictions, building work has continued on Phase 1 of Moya-Mayoka Secondary school, and is nearing completion.

Close to Lake Manyara

The rural communities of Moya and Mayoka can be found close to Lake Manyara in Tanzania. They have a combined population of 979 households or approximately 5,500 people.

Two Primary Schools, both supported by Africa Foundation, are currently educating over 1,300 students. These schools are situated just 5 km (3.1 mi.) apart, and serve the two communities well.

Secondary school challenges

Currently those students wishing to access a high school education, attend Magara Secondary School in Babati. This entails learners travelling 7 – 12 km (4.3 – 7.4 mi.) each way and crossing the Dagaa and Magara Rivers which are impassable during rainy season, leading to accidents, poor attendance and a high drop-out rate.

The school principals of Moya and Mayoka Primary Schools estimate that only 65% of their Grade 7 students continue onto higher education, with the rest leaving school to start working. This opens many up to the very real threat of child labour, and in the case of young girls, an early marriage.

School and community leaders firmly believe that the number remaining in school would significantly increase if there was a more accessible high school for these communities.

High school hopes

Communities have worked with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to create the plan for a high school to serve Moya and Mayoka, and the results are now tangible.
Phase 1 of the Moya-Mayoka Secondary School is nearing completion. This will see four classrooms for Grade 8 learners, a teacher’s office, ablutions and accommodation for teaching staff (who will be coming from outside this area).

As with all projects supported by Africa Foundation, this initiative is managed as a partnership between the communities, relevant government stakeholders and the Foundation – each having very specific roles and responsibilities.

In this instance, the Tanzanian Government will supply teaching staff and ongoing resources to the school, while the communities have provided the land on which the school has been built, and will also build the classroom desks.

Reaching far and wide

Future phases of this hope-full project will include the dormitories, kitchen and dining hall needed to create a boarding school, which will set Moya-Moyaka Seconday school on a new trajectory as it welcomes both local learners and students from all over the country, shaping generations of brighter futures.



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