Ughandi ‘B’ does not have a secondary school and there had long been a need for primary students to study further education to help them bridge the gap between the basic level taught at Primary school in subjects such as English which is needed to take most O level exams. So in 2011 we commisioned a building where children of all ages could come to study before or after school. Over the past three years we have been able to supply the groups with tables, chairs, benches, maps and text books covering most subjects. Mr and Mrs Ng’eni are key holders and in charge of daily useage.
There are between 40 and 60 children who use the room on a regular basis. Children up to the age of nine are accompanied by an adult, whilst older groups can collect the keys from the farm house. New locks have recently been fitted and a lockable cupboard installed to keep study materials safe.
Some groups prefer to study in the evening but as the sun sets early they had been using kerosene lamps, so when our project manager visited they asked if it were possible to have some form of solar lighting. Solar is becoming a big thing in Tanzania and so we were able to source some lamps for them in Dar es Salaam.
The lamps can be easily charged during the day and made available to be used well into the night. One lamp will also charge mobile phones.
Extra text books were purchased to aid those shortly moving on to secondary education. The arrival of books was met with much excitment as each member found a particular subject they needed.
The building was given a revamp during our recent visit as it had weathered considerably on the outside, so we decided to give the study room a lick of paint as well.
It’s hoped that the groups will continue to go from strength to strength and those who use the facilities have a bright future ahead of them.