The African Impact Foundation have been running education and community projects in Jambiani, Zanzibar since 2008, using other people's facilities. The dream of our own educational facility became a reality at the end of 2016 with the initial infrastructure development phases of the Jambiani Educational Centre complete. The completion of toilet facilities as well as waterproofing is a key requirement for the Centre to be recognised and utilised as a formal functioning teaching facility.
Over the last 10 Years Tourism has boomed across Zanzibar, with significant developments in tourism infrastructure and building. However in contrast there has only been limited development of natural and human resources in Zanzibar. Rural communities - especially young people - are increasingly excluded from the benefits of tourism due to the necessities to complete formal education, ability to speak other languages and engage with tourists confidently.
Education is regarded as the key factor that will help the next generation to better their prospects and at the same time assist the older generation who are unable to further their socio-economic development. The Jambiani Centre provides a vital space for the community to learn English, for gatherings and short courses as well as income generation opportunities.
The centre is a Community Centre created in partnership with the local Community of Jambiani. It was established and will continue to work/develop with the explicit agreement that it is a space for the local Community to utilise for their own benefit, which encompasses hosting English classes, a meeting space, communal garden and community hub. Currently being utilised predominantly as a base for our free Community English classes, it also hosts daily meetings of a local Women's Group.