The 2 Day Challenge is a new Kisa Project program. It is a practicum that allows Kisa Scholars to implement community service projects in their home communities. It integrates units from the Kisa Curriculum on project planning and management, budgeting, leadership and entrepreneurship.
2 Day Challenge projects are real-world projects carried out by Year Two Kisa Scholars. Projects emerge from the community assessments that Scholars undertake in Year One. Scholars work in small groups and are supported to implement a discrete community intervention, over a two day period, in partnership with a local community.
Kisa Scholars from Moringe Sokoine Secondary School recently carried out three community projects: an awareness campaign among Maasai women about the effects of polygamy; a malaria prevention campaign in conjunction with a local hospital; and road safety education for primary school children.
Across the board we found that communities welcomed and were grateful for the support offered to them by Kisa Scholars. We received lots of positive feedback and are extremely proud of the professional manner in which Kisa Scholars conducted themselves. We have some very impressive leaders in the making!
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Losinoni village is in the Oldonyo Sambu District of Northern Tanzania and the children that attend the local primary school are all drawn from the surrounding Maasai villages. The school started in 1975 with just 80 students and now has close to 600. The youngest are the 4-5 year olds in ‘nursery school’ and the oldest are those in their final year of primary school, Standard 7.
Many students walk over 3 miles in each direction to attend school each day, frequently doing so on an empty stomach. Making things even more difficult for the children, many suffer skeletal fluorosis because of the very high fluoride levels in the local water supply.
AfricAid began supporting Losinoni Primary School in 2004 and since then has been involved in a number of projects including classroom construction and renovation, provision of desks, building toilets, providing a computer and printer for staff use, and the highly successful school lunch program. We also oversaw the installation of rainwater tanks so that the school is able to provide safe drinking water for students and staff, and to cook the daily lunch using uncontaminated, fluoride-free water.
Since the introduction of the school lunch program, school attendance has increased, student concentration levels have increased, and there is more active classroom participation. As a result, student performance in the national Standard Seven Examinations has risen from a pass rate of just 23% in 2004, to 87% in 2014! By way of comparison, the national pass rate for 2014 was 57%. In 2014 Losinoni was ranked the number one primary school in the district.
AfricAid believes there are three main reasons for Losinoni’s outstanding success:
The School Lunch Program has been listed on Global Giving for more than five years now and we feel it is the right time to consider other methods of fund-raising for the program. So while we are withdrawing this project from Global Giving, AfricAid will continue to support Losinoni Primary School and donors who would like to contribute to the highly successful school lunch program can do so directly through the AfricAid website. Just visit www.africaid.com and go to the Donations page.
We'd like to express our deep gratitude for the role you have played in being part of this success story, and hope that you will continue to support Losinoni PrimarySchool.
AfricAid first began installing computer labs in Kisa Partner Schools in 2010. At that time we had only two Partner Schools, and 22 Kisa Scholars. At the end of 2015 we have 17 Partner Schools across two regions, and 675 Tanzanian secondary school girls enrolled as Kisa Scholars. We’re thrilled to be able to say that, with your support, each of those schools now has a functioning computer lab. Because the labs are accessible to all students and staff at Partner Schools, a massive 17,000 are benefitting from this initiative. The other good news is that we were able to do all this for less than we’d originally budgeted, thanks to our recent partnership with the wonderful folk at Computers 4 Africa.
As a result, we’ve decided to remove the initiative from Global Giving so we can focus our Global Giving fundraising efforts on other aspects of the Kisa Project. So if you’d like to continue to donate through Global Giving you can still do so, and bring educational and other benefits to hundreds of Tanzanian secondary school girls. Just search AfricAid’s projects on Global Giving.
AfricAid plans to add four new Partner Schools in mid-2016, so for those who are particularly keen to support our ICT efforts in Tanzania, you can do so through the donate page on our website, or just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange everything for you.
Thank you so much for your support. We wish you and your family a very happy holidays!