Recognizing that access to education is one of the most effective means of breaking the cycle of poverty and creating brighter futures, TCF is dedicated to providing free high-quality educational opportunities to all students in our community.
GYETIGHI PRIMARY SCHOOL
In 2007 TCF began a partnership with the Tanzanian government to manage Gyetighi Primary School (GPS). At the time the school was a collection of crumbling buildings with a student-to-teacher ratio of 56:1. The school’s pass rate for the all-important National Exam was 57%, making it one of the lowest performing schools in the district.
With TCF’s investments, the student-to-teacher ratio is now 19:1, and the school now has a pass rate of 98% on Standard 7 National Exams. We are very proud to say that when the 2014 school rankings were announced, Gyetighi Primary School was the #1 government school in the district, and is in the top 4% of schools (public and private) nationwide.
In order to achieve these improvements, TCF has provided resources and training to help both students and teachers. In addition to renovating seven classrooms and hiring nine additional teachers, five assistant teachers, and six student teachers, we have also brought a full-time English as a Second Language teacher on staff. TCF also provides textbooks and classroom materials, a nutritious breakfast and lunch to all students, and access to free medical care for all students and faculty. The successful partnership between RVCV and Gyetighi is ensuring a bright future for the children of Oldeani Ward, and is having a significant impact on the whole region. To learn more about this impact, click here.
Oldeani Secondary School
The incredible progress at Gyetighi Primary School (GPS) created demand by the local community for a similar intervention at the secondary school level. On November 5, 2013 we signed a five-year contract to co-manage Oldeani Secondary School (OSS). The goal of this partnership is to expand the successful strategy we developed at Gyetighi Primary to Oldeani Secondary, with an aim toward making the school a model that can be replicated by other organizations in Tanzania. As we did at GPS, TCF is providing the leadership, resources and infrastructure improvements needed to make this school the top performing secondary school in the district and the region.