In Tanzania, 67.9 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and poverty is highest in rural areas. Singida is one of the poorest regions in Tanzania, and its schools are in dire need of support. Singida's student to classroom ratio is the worst in the country, and it has the second lowest primary school passage rate. The region is considered water-scarce, and many of its schools lack clean water and sanitation.
Global Partners finds low-performing schools and partners with their communities to improve education. We provide most of the capital, facilitate the process, and offer additional support where needed, but the bulk of the work is done by the community. Community members come together to access their needs, set goals, identify projects, create budgets and sustainability plans, and manage the projects.
The projects communities choose to implement in order to improve education at their schools have the potential to reach extremely large numbers of people. For example, a water project at a school can bring clean water not only to all the people at the school but can provide water for the surrounding community as well. A classroom rehabilitation can benefit students who attend the school for years into the future.
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