In 2013, 11 schools in Tanzania received textbooks. These textbooks make a huge impact in the lives of the students and we cannot thank you all enough for being apart of this amazing outreach! Without text books, teachers struggle to teach the necessary information for students to learn school subjects. Textbooks allow students to not only see the information on the chalk board, but also see photos and find classroom activities designed for specific subjects and grade levels! Books allow children to re-examine the course content after the teacher has taught on the subject. Many students, as in all countries, often need time to study content multiple times to fully understand and textbooks make this possible. The previous Interim Director, Betsy Hoke's face lights up when she tells the story of seeing the children receive the books in 2013. They are always overjoyed and very thankful. AfricAid would love to expand this program to further schools needing textbooks in 2014. Without you we cannot make that happen, so join us in providing thousands of students in Tanzania with textbooks this year!
By Betsy Hoke | AfricAid Interim Executive Director
I am pleased to let you know that we are continuing to make a difference at eleven schools in Tanzania where we supply textbooks including our nine Kisa Project partner secondary schools and two primary schools, Upendo in Usa River and Losononi, a rural Maasai school.
As AfricAid’s interim executive director I spent two weeks in Tanzania in September and was able to see firsthand how important the textbooks are for students in Tanzania. When I first visited the country in 2011, I was shocked by the lack of materials and textbooks. It is a relief to know that students at these schools have appropriate textbooks that they can take home to study and work with during group lessons at school.
I spent several days working at Upendo School and I can tell you that the students and teachers were thrilled with the delivery of new textbooks. The children highly anticipated the chance to use them, as they love to learn and enjoy reading so much. Thank you for your support in improving the quality of education for so many students. We appreciate your generosity!
Summer's quickly coming to a close and a new school year will be here before we know it. The school year brings about excitement about reconnecting with friends, starting fresh with a new teacher, first day of school outfits and brand new bookbags.
Many of Tanzanian students have been returning to their schools this month and the rest will follow in August. They certainly are excited to be back in the classroom, back with their friends and learning new lessons. But for many of our students their school room experience is missing a critical piece: textbooks. Textbooks are a rareity in Tanzanian classrooms. Think back to your days in school and try to imagine learning new subjects without textbooks, talk about challenging! Tanzanian teachers have to been incredibly creative and resourceful to teach their lessons without physical books.
But with your support and donations, the school year could be a very different experience for our students. This year they could have textbooks as part of their curriculum. Now think about what that would be like.
Please considering giving to this project and creating a different, richer, more powerful classroom experience for our students. Thank you!
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