Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania

by Ikirwa School Project
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Educate 20+ Vulnerable Children in Rural Tanzania
Mr. Kassian teaching science class
Mr. Kassian teaching science class

Dear Friends,

Our campus has been buzzing with activity since school reopened in July.  The students and staff resumed teaching and learning as if there had been no disruption.  We can not say enough about our incredible staff.  They are continually working to find new learning techniques for the students and at the same time to increase their knowledge of educational approaches and materials to strengthen the curriculum. A day does not go by when we are not approached by a parent, family member or director of a local orphanage asking for educational assistance for a child in their care.  It is with your continued support that we are able to offer these children an opportunity for a brighter future. 

October started off with our Class 7 students taking their national exams.  They could not have been better prepared for success and we are confident in their abilities.  It will be at least another month before we are notified of their exam results, but we continue to be hopeful knowing we did our best to prepare them and they did their best.  

Our younger students continue to excel in their classes.  We make sure daily that we are presenting their material with the goal of tapping into all of their different learning styles.  Many of the teachers spend time outside instructing the students and providing them with an atmosphere free of our structured four walls. As we are constantly reminded, learning does not just happen in the classroom, but occurs on the playing fields, in conversation with a peer or adult, or can be found when picking up a book for pleasure or for research purposes. 

Our staff is as diverse as our students in their interests. Some have a tremendous knowledge of history, while others are fascinated with science and math, and others incorporate their love of the arts into their curriculum; all allowing the students to explore their studies in an unconventional way.  We are lucky to have a staff that is so multifaceted!  

If you haven't had the opportunity to visit us yet we would love for you to come and volunteer and share your knowledge and expertise.  It is with your financial assistance and continued support of our endeavours that we continue to flourish.  We would love for you to follow our adventures in learning on Facebook at Ikirwa School Project or on Instagram@ikirwa.school.  We update each platform regularly with pictures and anecdotes of the students’ daily activities. 

Stay safe and healthy.  Ahsante sana for your continued support of our amazing students.

Mr. Jackson enjoys a song
Mr. Jackson enjoys a song
Getting up and moving with Madam Stella
Getting up and moving with Madam Stella
Class 6 students learn how to write emails.
Class 6 students learn how to write emails.
Staying active with Mr. Mapigano
Staying active with Mr. Mapigano
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Two of our bright sponsored students
Two of our bright sponsored students

Dear Friends

We are happy to report that our students will be returning to school at the end of June and 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 the Covid closure.  Parents came to school weekly to pick up learning materials and to return those that had been completed. For those families who were unable to make it to school, our staff delivered and picked up materials at their homes.  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 percentile for 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 those 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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Parents exchanging distance learning work
Parents exchanging distance learning work
Enthusiastic primary students
Enthusiastic primary students
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Exciting lesson in Science
Exciting lesson in Science

Dear Friends

 

Our student body continues to grow as does our academic success.  With your help we have been able to provide many children, who would have otherwise been unable to attend school due to economic difficulties, with a world class education.  We have been able to implement new learning tools, in our classrooms, and have watched our students make amazing academic progress.  

 

Recently, the President of Tanzania closed the schools due to COVID -19.  We are happy to report that our staff and students continue to be well, and that their studies have continued, though remotely. Every week our staff of dedicated teachers and administrators provide each student with a packet of school work.  At the end of the week they return it to be graded and each receives feedback. Our staff has visited many of the families at their homes to check on their emotional well being, as well as, to collect and exchange weekly assignments if they are unable to make the trip to school. 

 

In September, our class 7 students will take their National Exams and they are prepared to again score in the top percentile for the nation, as they did last year.  Our staff is working feverishly to make sure that they continue to make advances in their studies, as they strive to challenge them by maintaining high standards.  The younger students have an incredible thirst for knowledge and continue to amaze us with their questions and eagerness to learn.  We are fortunate to have such an incredible student body. 

 

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

 

Jambo!
Jambo!
Join us as we learn
Join us as we learn
Reviewing work with a student at their home
Reviewing work with a student at their home
Parents returning work and collecting new material
Parents returning work and collecting new material
Gasper delivering and explaining work
Gasper delivering and explaining work
Grade 4 Student
Grade 4 Student
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7th Grade Boarding Students
7th Grade Boarding Students

Greetings from Ikirwa School!

As I write this report, our students have finished off their first month of school and completed first round of monthly tests. It is hard to believe that on January 7th we have begun our seventh school year in operation. This year holds two very important milestones for us. In January we have opened the doors of our first ever dormitory and in September we will be graduating our first primary school class.

Co-founder of the Ikirwa School Project, Gasper Mbise, likes to call out graduating 7th graders our "first born" and it is certainly true that we have watched these kids grow and develop as our school grew and developed. This graduating class will be the test, and we are sure, the proof of a vision we had when we founded Ikirwa School - to deliver world class education to the underserved corner of East Africa. We will watch eagerly to see how these girls and boys progress in their academic careers, armed with the tools to succeed acquired in our classrooms.

Among those students will be three Ikirwa Scholars who's studies you have so generously help fund over the past 3 years.  Based on our conversations, their studies will take them to careers in accounting, engineering and medicine. Meanwhile, their places in the Scholars program will be taken by three equally deserving kids. Other Scholars are continuing to make us proud as well. The top results on the national exam for the 4th graders belonged to a girl who has been part of the program since 2016. 

Thank you for your continued support of our small, but very important endeavor. Your generosity is truly life-changing and we appreciate each and every one of you. 

 

Asante Sana,

Masha Skuratovskaya, on behalf of the board and staff of the Ikirwa School and Ikirwa School Project

4th graders after taking National Exams
4th graders after taking National Exams
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Thank you to GlobalGiving donors from Nancy
Thank you to GlobalGiving donors from Nancy

Today is a very special day - it is the opening of the second term at Ikirwa School. It is also special for another reason - thanks to this morning's recurrent donation, this project is now fully funded. Which means that 20 children returning from their mid-year break will be able to complete their first year at Ikirwa School.

In early June we had visited some of the families, who's children are now able to attend Ikirwa and recorded their stories. Often those stories begin with sorrow but end with a big dream. Like 7 year old Rehma, who lives with her grandmother, because her mother's new husband would not accept  a step-daughter. Rehma's biological father was an educated man, who wanted his daughter to go to school, before he passed away in an accident. Rehma's grandmother, Christina, did not let her son's dream die with him, and year after year asked Ikirwa to find her a sponsor. Asked why she was so persistent, this slight, understated woman replied "My father didn't let me go to school, he didn't think it was necessary for a girl to be educated. I will not let the same thing happen to Rema. She will grow up to be a pilot or a captain, or whatever else she decides to be."

On behalf of Rehma, Christina and 19 other families we would like to thank you for supporting the hopes and dreams of their children and bringing them one year closer to fulfilling them.

 

Ikirwa School Project team

Rema's Grandmother
Rema's Grandmother
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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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