Kevin Curley, TDT Project Officer writes:
When I met senior officials in Kigoma rural district in January they explained that 1,700 children who had passed their national primary school examination were unable to go to secondary schools because of the lack of classrooms. Villagers had been mobilised to construct 40 new classrooms using local materials. I visited three villages, met local leaders and saw the impressive progress they had made. Locally fired bricks and timber for roofing, window frames and doors had been collected in the villages but metal sheets - 'mabati' - were too expensive for both the district and the village councils to buy. We have awarded a grant of £5,132 so that 20 classrooms can be completed quickly, enabling 800 children to go to school. The grant will be paid in two equal amounts; the first grant has been made, the second will be made in the next financial year. The project is being implemented by our partner Hope of the Community Foundation.