The African Modern Arts Project Progress Report:
New School Headquarters:
The school expansion project is well underway now! After fundraising in the US and Canada we are able to secure funds for a new headquarters of AMAP school.
The new building contracted for three years from April 2012 till same month 2015 is slated to be operational within a month’s time. The new school building will be of four classrooms, a computer lab room and a sixth room for teacher staff.
The expansion comes well on time for our expansion plans to expand school services and the number of those who are enrolled in the program. Our goal is to enroll up to one hundred children in the program from the current number of 67 marking almost a one third of an increase.
We are looking forward that such expansion will benefit the students, the teachers and the working volunteers at the school. It would provide much needed space in the classroom, give a better teacher – student classroom ratio as well as better learning facilities.
Items secured in the first quarter of 2012:
- School uniform for all enrolled children purchased and tailored onsite at our neighboring sewing workshop
- Donated children’s clothing from US/Canada transported to Bagamoyo via volunteers
- Books and learning material donated from the US/Canada will help both teachers and students
- School supplies purchased locally from Dar Es Salam for all students and teachers material
- Donated supplies from volunteers and ex-volunteers families!
Thank you all for your support.
Q-IV 2011 Progress Report, AMAP, Bagamoyo. Tanzania
The fourth quarter of 2011 was not an easy ride for AMAP School. Running against many challenges the school was able to overcome many financial hurdles and continue on with its progress and mission educating many underprivileged children living in and around the Bagamoyo area.
The East Africa Aid Foundation was able to solicit enough funds in the US and Canada to accomplish the following during the last quarter of the year.
- Fully support 35 graduating students making their way to the educational system and primary school. The 35 children were sponsored by the charitable donations of many individuals and their tuition fees were paid as well as their school necessities furnished.
- The East Africa Aid Foundation was able to provide schooling supplies, uniform and basic necessities to the graduating children on top of their yearly enrollment fees to the public school.
- Maintaining the current teacher to student to student ratio by keeping three FTE teachers enrolled under the program and providing the low teacher to student class ratio.
- On the horizon for 2012:
- Expanding the school premises from the current building to a larger space that would allow the student a better educational environment. A total of 70 children are currently enrolled in the morning program and a larger space is needed to allow for better classroom education.
- A donation of computer equipment to construct the first computer lab locally at the school and start a computer learning class for all the children free of charge. The first computer laboratory in the Bagamoyo area made possible by the charitable donations of US based organizations! The cargo shipment of computers is currently on its way to Dar Es Salam, Tanzania.
- Solicit enough funds to supply the current enrolled students to be able to gain their fair chance of education and be provided the basics of the needed supplies to achieve it. (school uniform, school supplies, teachers and teaching assistants as well as a breakfast meal for all children attending)
- Interns from University of Gent have finished their internship at AMAP lasting three months. Two students from the school of social sciences have passed 100 days volunteering at AMAP school working on student tracking sheets as well as much needed documentation for the children’s educational status as well as health score sheet. All the necessary documents have been kept on file at AMAP school for future reference and necessary updates.
AMAP school is currently located in the middle of Bagamoyo town. The school premises is a rented house of two floors and an adjacent playground space. With the total number of children over 64 right now the old headquarters are proving to be rather small for all the children and the classrooms during the morning session.
We have investigated relocating the school outside the Bagamoyo town area to a bigger and more open location to provide the children with more playground space as well as a better classroom environment.
Our search has lead us to a plot of land with the total surface area of 3 acres and is located around 3 KMs South of the current school location in a fairly uninhabited area with ample trees and greenery. The land will be allocated to the project the early part of 2012 where we shall be starting construction on a portion of it. We are quite excited about the transition and what this would mean to the children of Bagamoyo.
To make the space into an educational center we are looking into building a stage I school and classrooms on about ten percent of the total layout with the total of four classrooms and expanding to six or eight in 2013-2104.
The next quarter of the year is going to prove challenging because we need to gather all our energies and focus on a fundraising campaign to build the four classrooms as stage one of the building premises. We are working towards raising enough funds during the last quarter of 2011 to start and complete the initial building phase no later than the end of May 2012.
We shall be filing progress reports of the fundraising and creating a new cause for our fundraising to help this effort.
Who can help?
Individuals that find it in their heart to donate to the cause
Corporations that would help contribute to the infrastructure of stage I
Educational Program At the African Modern Arts Project. (AMAP)
During the third quarter of 2011 AMAP was able to raise adequate funds to hire one full time teacher to be working during the morning hours. The much needed help comes in play with the increase in the number of enrolled students. With the presence of the newly hired teacher during the morning class hours we are able to divide the classes to two equals sections of almost 30 students in each section. The original number of 60+ students was way too much to handle by one teacher. Now there is much more control for the classroom and more teacher child time is allocated.
AMAP was also able to hire additional help/aide for the morning period to cook breakfast material for the children. While the children gain much needed education at the school they also rely on the meals offered to them during the morning session. The food material purchased comes from the funds that are collected in fundraising.
Small progress in the educational process at the school and we are proud of it.
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