End of Year One Presentations are done by Kisa Scholars after they conduct community assessments during their school breaks. The aim of the Year One Presentations is to see to what extent Kisa lessons have impacted Scholars in terms of their confidence, public speaking skills and, importantly, the ability of giving back to their communities.
During the school break last September, Kisa Scholars conducted community assessments and came up with several challenges facing communities. These included challenges such as drug abuse, early pregnancy, female genital mutilation, poverty, road accidents, polygamy, lack of toilets and the position of women in the society.
Kisa Scholars also identified the existing assets which could be used to address those challenges. This process is one of the first steps towards their leadership careers. Supported by their Kisa Mentors and the Kisa Curriculum, Scholars were able to come up with win-win solutions and sustainable social entrepreneurship projects.
On 30th January, 2016 the presentation event was conducted for Kisa Scholars at Moringe Sokoine and Orkeeswa Secondary Schools. The venue was Moringe Sokoine Secondary School in Monduli. The event was conducted in two sessions. The first session was about the Scholars presenting those challenges along with their creative solutions in front of the two judges and ten audience members in each room. Judges were AfricAid friends from different NGO’S in Arusha, and audiences were friends of presenters, including both boys and girls.
The second session was a small celebration that was conducted in the school hall, during which the judges gave feedback on Scholars’ presentations. Most of the judges spoke about personal development within the Scholars, such as improved confidence. Judges also complimented the Scholars for being creative with the solutions they proposed to address the challenges. One of the judges said “it is such an inspirational thing to see young women, being upfront to find out what are the challenges facing our communities and come up with unique solutions”. The judges also selected the best Scholar from each room.
A representative from Moringe Sokoine Secondary School, Mr. Haruna, provided Certificates of Completion to the 26 Scholars who did their presentations. He congratulated the Scholars for being active and committed not only to Kisa but also their studies.
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!
We’d like to extend our thanks to all our Global Giving donors for contributing to the Kisa Project. We hope you enjoy the photos.
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.