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Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020

by Ikirwa School Project
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Educate 20 Vulnerable Tanzanian Children in 2020
Gasper bringing work to one of our students
Gasper bringing work to one of our students

Dear Friends

 

We are happy to report that our students have returned to school and are resuming their studies on campus.  We are overjoyed, to say the least, with the thought of our classrooms, once again, being filled with discussions, laughter and most importantly learning. The silence on campus for the past two months has been overwhelmingly sad.   

Our staff has done an incredible job of maintaining contact with all of our families to ensure that emotional supports were in place in case they were necessary and that learning continued throughout our Covid closure.  Parents came to school weekly to pick up learning materials and to return those that had been completed. For those families that were unable to make it to school, our staff brought the materials back and forth to them.  Our teachers worked feverishly to make sure they were corrected and comments were made to support the academic advancement of each student.  

The National Exams for our class 7 students will now take place in October and our class 4 students will take their exams in November. We will continue to make sure they receive the best education available and strive to make sure that they will again score in the top 1% in the nation.  We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our younger children. They are like sponges. They soak up all that they learn and in turn raise the bar on their education.  They badgered their parents daily about returning to school, begging for the constancy and structure of the classroom. It is with your continued support that we are able to continually create and supplement our curriculum to provide extraordinary educational experiences for our children.  

We continue to look forward to hosting your visits and sharing our classrooms and learning experiences with you.  Our Facebook page and Instagram are updated regularly so you can watch our achievements and adventures in learning.  

Stay safe and healthy.  Ahsante Sana for your continued support of our wonderful students.

Rose Hogan

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Mr. Mapigano bringing work to one of our students
Mr. Mapigano bringing work to one of our students
Our supportive parent body exchanging school work
Our supportive parent body exchanging school work
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Returning volunteer with scholarship students
Returning volunteer with scholarship students

Greatings from Midawe dear Ikirwa School supporter,

Our year is off to a great start and the Tennessee Williams quote we borrowed for this report's title fits the mood on our campus. We are thrilled to share some of the LOVELY accomplishments of our students and staff.

An exciting new addition to our Ikirwa curriculum is RACHEL, an offline educational program that brings educational material and websites to rural schools in developing countries such as Tanzania. We were lucky enough to connect with World Possible, the maker and supplier of RACHEL, and they have been an incredible resource to us.

Of course, we also LOVE all of our volunteers and the contributions they have made. We have had many volunteers who have spent time with us and supported our learning and facilities. Most recently, Jerry spent countless hours working in our computer lab and providing our teachers with professional development opportunities regarding the use of RACHEL as an academic supplement in their classrooms.  He said it was wonderful to see the excitement and enthusiasm of the staff for the new educational resources and the opportunities to enhance their classrooms and learning.

When Jerry left we were lucky enough to welcome Eric, who generously sponsors 10 children. He spent the day with a large group of volunteers enjoying the classrooms, campus life and activities with our students and staff.  We LOVED having him back and  eagerly look forward to his next trip. This visit was especially notable because he was once again accompanied by a returning volunteer, Michelle, who has fallen in LOVE with our beautiful school and the vast plains of the Serengeti.

Not long after Eric and Michelle’s departure we warmly welcomed several visitors from Japan.  After enjoying many days on safari, they were awe-struck by the work being done in our classrooms and the bright, engaging students with whom they came in contact.  As you can tell, our reputation as a world class school seems to be spreading across the globe! 

In addition to rejoicing in our many visitors, we wanted to share the LOVELY progress that has been made on the construction of our new dining facility.  Layers of brick and cinder block continue to grow with each new donation. It is no longer just a foundation, but a true structure. This will include the academic office, assistant academic office and two additional classrooms, as well as a beautiful library and a storage area. The excitement on campus is palpable! The goal of feeding 200 students two nutritious meals a day, in a kitchen that will support our ever growing population, was just a dream at the start of 2019, but now as we enter 2020, that dream is coming true!

Most recently we LOVE that we were spotted on the Rooftop of Africa! At Ikirwa, the level of academic excellence is out of this world.  Just like climbing a mountain, learning takes a lot of stamina, hard work, dedication and practice.  We see these characteristics in all the good learners throughout our campus. We would LOVE for you to visit us and become a part of our special community.  Your continued generosity inspires the children, as they graduate, to aspire to be anything they want to be and in turn become role models for a generation of younger students. 

You continue to be an incredible influence on the lives of our children and for that we are eternally grateful.   In Swahili we would like to say NAKUPENDA.

Ahsante Sana for your continued contributions. 

 

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Dining Hall progress
Dining Hall progress
Jerry and Ikirwa flag on top of Uhuru peak
Jerry and Ikirwa flag on top of Uhuru peak
Students using RACHEL
Students using RACHEL
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Ikirwa School Project

Location: Juneau, AK - USA
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Twitter: @Ikirwaschool
Project Leader:
Maria Skuratovskaya
Juneau, AK United States

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