The Toa Nafasi Project

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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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Test Day!
Test Day!

It has been another busy period for The Toa Nafasi Project.  Schools are back in session after three months of closures due to COVID-19.  Every year, we observe each new Grade One student for social behaviors, adaptive abilities, and motor skills.  The students also take a test for literacy, numeracy, and cognitive skills.  This year has been no different except for the unexpected break!  Our tutors were able to complete testing in July and we found that 59% of the children are what we term “typically developed” and classified as Tier 1.  They will likely need no extra support from our tutors to succeed in school.  On the other hand, 41% of pupils could use some extra support from Toa (Tiers 2 and 3) and we will provide this assistance to them through in-school tutoring and medical/psychosocial referrals.

However, it must be acknowledged that 2020 is a year like no other.  Like other countries, Tanzania closed all schools for a lengthy period of time, from March 16th to June 29th, and this interruption is likely to have some significant consequences.  Although children are back in the classroom now, research shows that disruptions in school continuity can cause long-term harm to educational achievement.  Thus, we are moving ahead with our regularly scheduled second assessment (six months after the first) in a small sampling of children to demonstrate this theory and will most likely continue working with the 2020 students well into 2021 due to what we assume will be an unfavorable outcome of the second assessment.  We are committed to helping our students get through this difficult time and succeed in the future.

Another part of our work includes helping parents to become partners in their children’s education.  Most parents and caregivers do not know about learning differences, so we are proud to have partnered with Tai Tanzania to produce a short video for families to watch and learn from.  Aside from being informative, it is also moving and a pleasure to watch. You don’t even need to know Swahili to know what is going on! We think the message will really resonate with parents who perhaps did not understand their child’s different learning style or disability.  Toa is so excited to have been able to collaborate with a fellow Tanzanian NGO on this beautiful project.

We will support 41% of Grade One students
We will support 41% of Grade One students

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Tutors prepare to return to school
Tutors prepare to return to school

As with the rest of the world, Tanzania has had to adjust to a new normal in the face of Coronavirus. Primary schools have been out of session in Tanzania since March 16th, but we are excited that they will be opening up again on June 29! 

During this closure, we have spent our time doing special health and sanitation workshops with our tutors and are prepping our staff with the necessary PPE to continue our important work. This was all made possibly through our generous donors who contributed on Giving Tuesday Now. We don’t know what we would do without all of you.

Once we’re back to school on June 29, we will have a lot of catching up to do. Some children will have suffered for lack of the structured classroom environment and returning to school will be a big challenge for many. As you know, Toa assesses students in March each year in order to group the students into Tier One (typically developed), Tier Two (slightly lagging), and Tier Three (delayed development) cohorts. Although we were unable to finish our testing before the lockdown began, we are ready now to hit the ground running. By the end of July, all testing should be completed and we will be able to begin our remedial and referral services from the beginning of August. As life resumes a kind of normality, we are aware that these services are more needed than ever before! 

Despite the school closures, we have been hard at work analyzing our progress until now and we are excited to measure our impact on students from 2019. According to our Early Childhood Education Platform, Toa tests all incoming Standard One students a few months into the school year. Our tutors provide special remedial services to students who test below a baseline score of 80%. To track their progress, we test these students two more times over the course of 11 months. As you can see in this chart, for 2019-2020, the baseline test showed 296 students unable to achieve a passing score out of 449 tested (66%). One year later, only 13 students (3%) were unable to achieve a passing score. Our tutors and students have made impressive progress!

We are thrilled to have been recognized and honored by the Lord Mayor of Moshi, Ray Mboya. Augustino went to accept the hati ya pongezi (congratulatory document). We were nominated for the award by the headmistress of Jamhuri Primary School, Mwalimu Mashauri, for the classroom refurbishment project of her school.

Student Progress Chart
Student Progress Chart
Accepting the Congratulatory Document
Accepting the Congratulatory Document
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The Toa Nafasi Project

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