The Toa Nafasi Project

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A student at one of our partner schools
A student at one of our partner schools

First Round of Assessment: The first round of assessment that includes Observation, Test 1 and Interviews is complete. We finally have 292 students with learning difficulties that we are enrolling in our robust tutoring program. This will also go hand in hand with scheduled appointments to doctors for health challenges we’ve observed and later treatment. And don’t forget, the cup of porridge for every child in the program is going into its second year.

Learning Visit: Toa Nafasi had the opportunity to host SOS Children’s Villages, Arusha – an international NGO providing family-like care to children and young people in Tanzania – and Her Journey To School – a local NGO promoting gender equality through education. These partners visited our offices and partner school where our children, tutors and staff demonstrated what is it like on a typical day of children with learning disability. We were all excited to learn from each other, experience and have fun.

We invite you and your network to our offices and project site to learn, volunteer or donate. Karibu sana!

Events:  We’re excited to share Toa Nafasi’s Chief of Operation, Novatus Marandu, is a recipient of Mandela Washington Fellowship Program – a U.S flagship program for Young African Leaders. He’ll be travelling to U.S for six weeks this summer at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. In recognition of their accomplishment in their communities, Novatus and fellow young leaders, Dr. Tulia Ackson, speaker of the Tanzania parliament invited them to the parliament. Afterwards they also met Dodoma Regional Commissioner, Anthony Mtaka and Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Ambassador Swahiba Mndeme.

Partners: The Toa Nafasi Project are grateful for the support we receive from our partner, A Childhood For Children. We recently received school supplies donation for all students in the 11 partner schools in Moshi from A Childhood for Children. Thank you A Childhood For Children for supporting the education of children with cognitive disabilities.

News:Toa Nafasi also appeared in two newspapers articles and two photo features in Tanzania’s widely circulated newspapers, The Guardian and Nipashe. We’re honored children with learning difficulties are getting into the spotlight. The first article in the Guardian newspaper highlighted the need to review curriculum to incorporate the needs of children with learning difficulties. The second article shined light on the trainings provided to children with disabilities tutors. Awareness that children with learning difficulties can and are learning like performing students is very important for both the policy makers and the wider community.

Students in a game
Students in a game
Novatus in parliament - front and centre
Novatus in parliament - front and centre

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Nova with our students
Nova with our students

All over the country, the school year has started with standard one students’ enrollment. Toa Nafasi tutors are going into classes in our 11 partner public primary schools and observing the newly recruited students for motor, hearing, vision and physical impairments working hand-in-hand with government teachers. We’ll soon have the 2022 cohort of students ready to take test 1.

At a parents meeting in Kaloleni Primary School, a grandmother of a student says her granddaughter, Dorcas, who just joined standard one, is unable to see objects placed in front of her. This is a good step working with parents and caregivers of students to identify students’ challenges that lead to learning difficulties. At the beginning of every school year, Toa Nafasi tutors hold parents meetings for newly enrolled families in all schools. In these meetings, parents are introduced to the project and get to hear hands-on what the tutors do yearround with students with learning difficulties.

We’re excited to share that we have a new teammate. His name is Nova and he’s the new chief of operations at Toa Nafasi. He’s a leader with a background in international development work and loves to work with children. “At Toa Nafasi and working with children with learning difficulties, I feel like I am home,” he says.

Finally, check out Toa Nafasi's 2021 End of Year Report to learn about all the amazing things we did last year.

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Parents meeting

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Here at Toa Nafasi, we have been working hard to support our hundreds of students in our pull-out tutor program. Our students are making great progress. The tutors are busy preparing to administer test 2 in order to compare the results from the beginning of the year and see their progress to date. We can't wait to see their learning after a consistent year in school without any COVID-19 related closings.

At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact life in Tanzania just like the rest of the world. Sadly, we must share we lost one of our beloved tutors, Rose Assay, who was head tutor at Magereza Primary School. Please read our post honoring her life and contributions to Toa.  Each of our tutors is important to the team and Rose Assey was extremely special.

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2021 Testing Results
2021 Testing Results

The school year in Moshi started off strong in January and we have been busy throughout the last quarter.

Initial Testing and Evaluation of 2021 Cohort

In the months of February and March, Toa tutors observed and tested all 1,052 Standard One students in each of our 11 partner schools. These tests help us determine who needs extra support from Toa tutors in order to progress satisfactorily with their education. We categorize students into three tiers:

  • Tier 1 (Developing and progressing as expected): 438 students
  • Tier 2 (Lagging slightly behind peers): 275 students
  • Tier 3 (Require the most serious intervention): 339 students

With this information, we will spend the rest of the school year supporting the 614 students in tiers 1 and 2 in order to help them reach their full potential. Our support will include pull-out tutoring, referral to special services, and medical referrals.

 

Final testing and Evaluation of 2020 Cohort

Once the last year’s cohort enters Standard Two, Toa tutors always complete a third and final round of testing to determine the progress our students made as well as whether any students need further support. Out of 355 students tested from the 2020 cohort, there were 7 tier two and 18 tier three students. This is an amazing accomplishment. We are so proud of our students for their hard work and our tutors for their unending support! 

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Innocent with Toa Children
Innocent with Toa Children

Welcome to the new year! School is back in session (in-person) again in Tanzania. Our tutors have already started observing the new Standard One students to identify any children who may need extra support from Toa as the year continues. Our observations will take 6-8 weeks and then, after a formal assessment, we will select at-risk students for our pull-out program for personalized tutoring. We expect to assess about 1200 kids from 11 schools this year. Quite a big undertaking!

 

In addition to the new cohorts, we are continuing to teach Standard Two students from 2020 before we assess them one last time. These students had some disruption in their schooling due to COVID-19 school closures but Toa tutors have continued to work with them, ideally minimizing any negative impacts from the long break. Our progress reports for these students will come out in April and we will be examining the results closely to learn about the impacts of this situation.

 

Toa is also very excited to introduce our new Executive Director, Innocent Estomih! He is helping us plan for a sustainable future. The children love him as you can see in the photos! We are looking forward to a busy and productive 2021

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The Toa Nafasi Project

Location: Moshi, Kilimanjaro - Tanzania, United Republic of
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Project Leader:
Sarah Rosenbloom
Moshi, Kilimanjaro Tanzania, United Republic of
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