80 to 120 pupils in one classroom, one book for 20 twenty children, and one toilet for 120 girls and boys: in Tanzania this is no exception. Enrolment rates for primary school are high in our project country in East Africa, but tight budgets and the lack of teachers tend to undermine this success. Wherever you look there are shortages: of school infrastructure, of teaching materials and of well-trained teachers. Young teachers – inadequately trained in crash courses and generally badly paid – bear the brunt. Poor atmosphere in school, physical punishment, and pupils dropping out after grade seven are the result of teachers being stressed and overstretched.
In Tanzania, the Pestalozzi Children's Foundation supports innovative holistic projects which improve education and provide access for children who are otherwise excluded from mainstream education.
Schooling for street children
Our partner organisation Mkombozi runs street schools for children who live and work on the streets. In addition pupils receive medical and psycho-social care.
High quality books for children
Our second project is run in conjunction with our partner organisation CBP (Children‘s Book Project). It develops children’s books in Kiswahili and trains teachers to apply child-friendly teaching methods. The project is aimed at stimulating the joy of reading and writing and with it curiosity for life.
Right of participation
Improving Children’s Learning and Participation in Kagera Region is the focus of our third project with our partner VSO.