Gongali Village School

Gongali Village School
children at the Gongali Village School, built by Primary Schools for Africa in Nov/Dec 2010

Friday, 9 November 2018

PROJECT UPDATES - SEPTEMBER 2018

Patricia Elizabeth Primary School Qameyu Village, Tanzania


New Classroom 5,6,7 Building

Thanks to our sponsors, Roland Wille, Alan Cassels and Blaise Salmon, all of Victoria, BC, we had the funds to complete the timely construction of this 3 classroom building. The school now has all 7 classrooms and were fortunate enough as well to have 4 new teachers provided by the District Education Office.
The opening of the building involved the usual festivities of speech-making, singing and dancing.
There is now an urgent need for a teacher residence building to house the new teachers who are temporarily being housed in a very small storage building provided by a local farmer. We will seek donations of $37,000 for its construction cost.




Mathew Sulle Classroom, sponsored
 by Blaise Salmon
temporary teacher residence



Alan, Headmaster Paulo, new teachers Peleus, Olga, Odetha and Said, Education Officer Alphonse

Wille Classroom, sponsored by
the Roland Wille family
Alan "robed" by local minister and
District Education Officer (right)

Restus's Classroom,
sponsored by Alan Cassels


Mathew and Restus get
potatoes for their families.
headmaster's speech 

Simba Milima Primary School, Doffa Village, Tanzania

New 2 Classroom Building 


In Sep 2018, we completed the construction of the second classroom building for levels 3 and 4. We now have 4 classrooms, an administrative building and 2 teacher residences.
When we visited the site for the opening celebrations, Restus and I were welcomed by village men and women who pulled us in to join them as they chanted and danced their way to the ceremonial area. District Education Officer Martin Goi, with his powerful voice, impressed on the villagers the importance of education and the need to continue every effort to support this growing school. 

Thanks to our sponsor donor, Safari Partners Inc of Vancouver BC, and our expert local builder Restus Sanka, the school is on track to become one of the best developed in the region. We have water and solar power. Kids instructed on hygienic practices now wash their hands at a SIM tank placed next to the toilets. Electricity in the classrooms will allow basic computer instruction. Our next building scheduled for 2019 will be a 3 classroom building.



Village officials en route to the opening ceremonies
welcoming with chanting, singing



in the new classrooms


teachers, village officials and Education
 Officer Martin Goi (with hat)


ribbon cutting


village schoolchildren and families 

hygiene at washrooms
Headmaster Loatha Paolo has initiated tree planting


Classrooms 3,4 (left), Classrooms 1,2 and Admin building (centre), Teacher Residences (right)

Headmaster Loatha Paolo's family


















Edith Gvora High School, Gongali Village, Tanzania

First Graduation Class Ceremonies


After 4 years, on Sep 20 2018, our only high school celebrated the graduation of 21 girls and 7 boys.

VIP's in attendance included District Commissioner Theresa Mahongo and local and District government officials. It has been a struggle for the school where a very low flow water supply to the site limits the use of the new toilet building and denies classes at the new laboratory building. Students walk several kilometres to another school for their science classes. An improvised tin and twig shelter serves as the kitchen where a hot lunch of beans and maize cooked over a fire is provided to the students. But some things are improving. 

A rousing speech from District Commissioner Theresa Mahongo stressed more effort needed from the local and district government to provide a proper road access, as well as water and electricity to the site. Also, the community must find the means to complete the 4 year old unfinished teacher residence building. Mme Mahongo indicated her office will "work" on the electricity issue.  

We were also fortunate to have had African Book Box Society's Ruth James and Anne Pearson with us on this trip. When recently asked by headmaster Gideon Myovella, they didn't hesitate to provide funding for the supply of books and construction of new library shelving in one of the Administration building's rooms. The school now has a decent library supplied with curriculum books as well as interesting African authored reading material. Kudos to Anne and Ruth who showed up to clean the dust off the shelves before they placed the books. 

Anne and Ruth also announced that they would jump start the use of the Laboratory building by funding the supply of approximately $3,000 worth of science equipment and materials. So now we should address the water supply to the Laboratory. Restus and Steven Sayo of Kaviwasu (Karatu Villages Water Supply - a government consulting agency for water distribution) will work on a solution to supply more water to the site.

Edith Gvora High School graduating class of 2018: 21 girls, 7 boys


graduating students put on a fashion show
 as part to of the entertainment
certificates presented to the students by Alan and
District Commissioner Theresa Mahongo (at left)


books provided  by African Book Box Society to graduating
 student and science award winner Debora Christian,
shown at her residence with her family and friends.




District Commissioner Theresa Mahongo in the new Library Room at the Administration building

Flame Tree Vocational School, Bashay Village, Tanzania

Workshops are being filled...electrical, plumbing, tailor/sewing, computer training...


The school has been running well since its 2017 opening. All 4 workshops have students enrolled, about 8 - 10 students in each. The staff and Board of Directors are actively campaigning for more by visiting schools and churches and are confident the numbers will be maximized by the start of January 2019 classes.

Also, inspectors from the regional VETA office (Vocational Education Training Authority) are currently reviewing the possibility of complete registration of the school. When registered, VETA will assume responsibility for funding, supplying teachers, administrative staff, etc. Yay!

The African Book Box Society has committed to further fund some development urgently required in the near future; teacher residences, water supply, and drop toilets. They are also considering the Board's interest in building the next most viable workshop; Motor Cycle/Auto Repair. PSFA hopes to schedule some of this construction in 2019, pending the success of the enrolment campaign.

Ruth, Alan, Anne with Flame Tree's Board of Directors
the flame tree Peter Pearse planted is now 8' tall 

Our schools are in continuous need of further development as they grow in size with more pupils each year...

So please donate generously towards the education of these young children who are so eager to learn.

Visit PrimarySchoolsforAfrica.com and click on the "Donate" button, or send a cheque made out to:
"Primary Schools For Africa Society", and mail to:
3301 Wordsworth street, Victoria, BC, V8P4B9

Asante Sana Sana (Thank You very very much) 


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Friday, 3 August 2018

PROJECT UPDATES - JULY 2018

Simba Milima Primary School, Doffa Village, Tanzania
New Teacher Residence, Water and Solar Power to Site


In May 2018, we completed the construction of the second teacher family residence. Our sponsor donor, Safari Partners Inc of Vancouver BC, has provided the funding for the residence as well as a water pipeline project and a solar power system. 
Teacher Emmanuel Jacob can now move out of his temporary abode in the administration building storage room and finally bring his family to the school to live with him in a proper home.
With electricity from solar panels mounted on the Administration building's roof, the classrooms and residences have lighting and power outlets for small loads like battery charging and computers.
The most important development however, is the piping of water to the site. This is a huge improvement to the quality of life for the teacher families living there, saving long tedious cattle-driven cart trips to a source many kilometers away.

The site now has an Administration building, a 2-classroom building and accommodation for two of its teachers. The next requirement is a 3-classroom building where we will seek donations of $35,000 for its construction cost.

opening ceremonies


water to site and residences
ribbon cutting by District Education Officer





residences at left; admin bldg, classrooms bldg at right

new teacher residence at left

congratulating head teacher Loatha Paulo














Tidivi Primary School , Kilimamoja Village, Tanzania

New Teacher Residence Building


As of May 2018, the construction of the long awaited teacher residence building is finished, thanks to the generous donations of David Green and the Sun Star Fund from the Victoria Foundation in Victoria, Canada. 
The contribution of David, an ex-cadet from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Canada, is in memory of his father, former naval Commander Jim Green and his wife Jane. Accordingly, we installed a plaque on the left residence entrance wall which includes a note "may this residence be a happy place".

The site now has two 2-classroom buildings and accommodation for two of its teachers. The next requirement is a 3-classroom building where we will seek donations of $35,000 for its construction cost.

ribbon cutting by District Education Officer.
Cdr Jim Green and wife Jane wall plaque at wall


locally grown produce
preparation of food for opening celebrations


the new residences with gravelled pathways to avoid tramping of muddy shoes into classrooms

speeches at opening ceremonies
PSFA extends heartfelt thanks to all our generous donors and supporters. 

Our schools are in continuous need of further development as they grow in size with more pupils each year...

So please donate generously towards the education of these young children who are so eager to learn.

Visit PrimarySchoolsforAfrica.com and click on the "Donate" button, or send a cheque made out to:
"Primary Schools For Africa Society", and mail to:
3301 Wordsworth street, Victoria, BC, V8P4B9

Asante Sana Sana (Thank You very very much) 

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

PROJECT UPDATES – 17 NOVEMBER 2017


FLAME TREE VOCATIONAL SCHOOL

GRAND OPENING

So finally, after...


-  a proposal submitted by Bashay village to Alan Roy in June 2016 ,
-  a willing donor, Peter Pearse, proposed by African Book Box Society
-  dozens of emails, texts and conversations with Mr Jublate Mnenye of the Karatu District Council Office and Mr Angelus Ngonyani of the Regional Office of the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA),
- 4 months of design; several design concept drawings, 3D renderings, 15  technical construction drawings,
-  a construction contract with the best local builder, Restus Amma Sanka, in June 2017,
-  many hours of long distance co-ordination calls with Restus
-  5 months of intense site activity; excavators, concretors, bricklayers, carpenters, plasterers, painters, plumbers, electricians, furniture builders, roofers, artists, signpainters, and landscapers,
-   a new name for the school, complete with new school logo and motto,
-  1 day of ribbon cutting, political speeches, gift-giving, celebrations, TV videos, photos, a local meal, and the planting of the commemorative Flame Tree by Peter Pearse...

we have...

a beautifully built 3-building trade school complex fitted out with office furniture, custom designed workbenches, electrical and plumbing tools and equipment, sewing machines, and computers, ready for regional as well as local students to begin their academic and practical training in electrical, plumbing, tailor/sewing and computers.

A special acknowledgement to Restus and his crew of dedicated Tanzanian workers who worked tirelessly in the hot sun to get the project finished on time for the opening, and to have produced such a quality product. The motivating principal of Restus' relentless intention for superior construction was to set a fine example for the trades students. He has achieved this.

This project would also not have been possible without the successful collaboration between PSFA and African Book Box Society, who found our visionary donor Peter Pearse and worked with PSFA every step of the way. Thank you Peter Pearse, Anne Pearson, Ruth James, and Birgit Castledine.

With construction complete and the building fitted out, the next immediate challenge for the District and VETA is to provide staff and programs to have the facility up and running as soon as possible, possibly by January 2018.

We will see how this facility progresses over the next year or two and hope that there will be more demand for additional trades. If so, we can consider more phases of development to include teacher residences and more workshops; carpentry, auto mechanics, hotel management and welding.


the new trade school
raising an welding the flagpoles

Alan sign painting




ribbon-cutting; Peter Pearse &
guest of honour District Commissioner
Madam Theresia Mahongo

Peter Pearse planting the 
commemorative Flame Tree

Certificate of Appreciation to Peter Pearse
Plumbing Workshop

a new name, logo and motto


Artist Chasaki and his 3 murals




instant lawns, with a row of flame trees, where grass was planted, one blade at a time

Builder Restus Sanka, African Book Box Society's Anne Pearson & Ruth James,
PrimarySchool For Africa's Alan Roy

Anne, Ruth, Alan, Peter Pearse with wife Penny, Madam Theresia Mahongo






Gongali Primary School Graduation
A momentous occasion...

After seven years, the first graduating class of our charity's first school

26 children finished Standard 7 level schooling at Gongali Aslini Primary School and when asked the question, responded that they will continue with higher education, very fittingly so, at our Edith Gvora High School, then would either attend University or our new Flame Tree Vocational School.

A celebration included the usual political speeches, gift-giving, and local entertainment. but the highlight was the wonderful singing and dancing performances created by the 26 pupils who graduated. 

It was such a pleasure for PSFA to see our first graduation. We waited 7 years for this moment, the culminating justification of our work here in Tanzania. 


entertainment by graduating pupils



Guest of Honour District Commissioner
Madam Theresia Mahongo and Alan Roy thanking
teachers and giving gifts to pupils 
PSFA Director Peter Daniels getting "robed"
as an honourary village elder

















L to R: Peter Daniels, Ruth James, Head Teacher Magreth Macha, Anne Pearson, Alan Roy

Gongali Primary School is functioning well, but showing signs of wear and tear with the first 2 classroom buildings. Maintenance work involving ceilings, doors, concrete patching and painting is needed in the near future. But at this point,  
It urgently needs... an administration building - $30,000; extended water piping system - $15,000; more curriculum books and school supplies.


Gongali Primary School head teacher Magreth Macha with a class of pupils

an outdoor preschool class
teacher Gloria Luogo with class









Gongali Primary School - all 7 classrooms in 3 buildings

Simba Milima Primary School


A new little school surviving...

After one year, this remote 2 classroom school with 2 teachers and 82 children is doing well despite the lack of electricity, an inadequate lunch program, insufficient curriculum books, and the
urgent need... for a water system to the site - $17,000; and an additional teacher residence - $20,000.

But we are continuing to develop this facility. Our sponsor donor, Safari Partners Inc of Vancouver BC, has committed to this years funding for a pipeline project to bring water to the site as well as a second teacher residence so that teacher Emmanuel Jacob can move out of his temporary habitat in the administration building storage room and finally bring his family to the school to live with him in a proper home.


the development plan for 2017
searching for a water pipeline route


the communal kitchen, 
for lunch preparation
basic corn and bans for lunch

Head teacher Loatha Paulo with kids













  




Head teacher Loatha Paulo in his "modern" 
kitchen, cooking with gas

The African Book Box Society's work has begun...

Anne and Ruth are delighted with their new relationships with our Karatu District Schools. They met with the teachers and students of Gongali Aslini, Simba Milima and Edith Gvora schools to organize the supply of curriculum books and enjoyed some class time with the students reading stories and leading them through some fun exercises.



Anne and Ruth leading a fun exercise


Ruth storytelling


Ruth's computer gift to Loatha
Anne's gift to Deborah Christian
















We visited our other schools too...

Peter Daniels and Alan Roy visited other PSFA schools to determine their most urgent needs...

Kilimamoja Ayatsere Primary School

Urgently needs... kitchen/dining building (with food program) - $35,000, extended water piping to kitchen and residences - $12,000; curriculum books and classroom supplies






Tidivi Primary School
Urgently needs... 2 teacher residences - $38,000; water piping system - $15,000; curriculum books and classroom supplies















Edith Gvora High School
Urgently needs... kitchen/dining hall (with food program) - $35,000, extended water to toilet building and administration building - $15,000; equipment and materials for the new chemistry laboratory - $3,500; curriculum books and classroom supplies






Patricia Elizabeth Primary School
Urgently needs... kitchen/dining hall (with food program) - $35,000; water to site - $25,000; 2 teacher residence building - $38,000; curriculum books and classroom supplies



PSFA extends heartfelt thanks to all our generous donors and supporters. 

As you can see from above, our schools are in continuous need of further development as they grow in size with more pupils each year...

So please donate generously towards the education of these young children who are so eager to learn.

Visit PrimarySchoolsforAfrica.com and click on the "Donate" button, or send a cheque made out to:
"Primary Schools For Africa Society", and mail to:
3301 Wordsworth street, Victoria, BC, V8P4B9

Asante Sana Sana (Thank You very very much)  

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