PROJECTS

PROBLEM THAT WE ADDRESS


Lack of access to quality Early Childhood Care and Eductaion among pastoral communities and disabled children in Morogoro Municipal and Mvomero District Councils

Goal of the project

Improving learning outcomes among pastoralist and disabled children

Improving learning environments of Leena Pre & Primary school, Matangani and Vianzi Early Childhood Childhood Care and Education Centres.

SAWA’s strategic plan implementation for 2015/2016 has attained the following achievements

A) Inclusive education program at Leena Pre & Primary school:

Leena Pre & Primary school is considrered a model school in Morogoro Municipality through its program model of inclusive education in which children in diverse range (disabled, Non-disabled, children from poor/rich families and disadvanteaged children) get enrolled and learn together.The school has been constantly recruting children with special needs, supporting them to ensure they attain their asipiration in primary education. Great achievement was attained in enrollement and learning development of children with special nees in 2016. The chart below provides enrollment summary of the children with special needs at standard one to standard seven

Enrollment of children with special needs at Leena Nursery and Primary School in 2013/2017

Front view of Leena Nursery and Primary school in Morogoro Municipality

Key to the above chart: Children with physical disability = 4 ; Children with Mental disability = 6 ; children with hearing disability = 6, but also children who come from very poor famlies = 12 (Not shown in the chart

Performance of STD VII National examination in 2016: 31 children

Front view of Leena Nursery and Primary school in Morogoro Municipality

Performance of STD IV 2016 National Examination: 46 children

Front view of Leena Nursery and Primary school in Morogoro Municipality

Visiti clik here: www.leena.sawa.or.tz

Training teachers and Pupils on Tanzania sign language

To improve communication between teachers, normal children and children with hearing disability at Leena Nursery and Primary school, 171 children and 14 teahers have been trainned on Tanzania sign language. Sign language skills have strengthened not only communication but also the spirt of working together between normal children and those children with hearingdisability, the factor that has made them feel part and parcel of Leena school community,positively impacting on their accademic development

B) Improving learning environments at Matangani and Vianzi Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres:

Feeding program at the centres:

It has been well known that children are highly attracted to the centres with active interaction among themselves when lunch is made available. As part of ensuring access to quality childhood education was attained at the centres, parents were sensitized to take the role of feeding their children through financial contributions to meet the costs of maize flour, cooking oil, salt and vegetables. To improve sanitary conditions for cooking at Matangani ECD, Safina Women’s Association in partnership with Firelight Foundation of USA renovated a kitchen and a store in which food is now prepared. In the usual manner, renovation of the kitchen and store received overwhelming support from the community through contribution of local materials such as sand and biricks.

 

Porridge being prepared on an open ground, before provision of a kitchen at Matangani

Secretary General for SAWA inspects foundation works for the kitchen at Matangani in August 2016

Achievements/outcomes

  • Improved sanitation around children’s eating environments
  • Improved health condition of the children
  • Increased capacity of children in reading, writing and counting
  • Increased attendance of the children at the ECD

Improving teaching efficiency of teachers at the centres:

Training of para-professional teachers from Masai community is part of SAWA’s efforts to ensure children have access to quality education. This is in addition of training of twelve (12) teachers and six (6) care givers on child-friedly teaching methods that was provided last year. In the year 2016, fourteen (14) teachers out of sixteen(16) who were targeted received trainning on preparation of schemes of work, lesson plans, including how to fill in subject logbooks. Provision of this training has brought enormous impact in terms of teachers’ profficiency in teaching lessons, but also systematic teaching that orients from the training, make the children catch up quicker in classes

Para-professional teachers in one of the training session facilitated by SAWA

Achievements/outcomes

  • Fourteen teachers (14) have gained understanding on preparation of scheme of work, lesson plan and filling of subject logbooks
  • Increased teachers profficiency on different subjects
  • Increased childrens perception capacity based on teachers systematic teaching methods

Provision of desks at Vianzi/Matangani ECCEs and Kibaoni Primary school

As part of the journey for improving learning environments at schools, Tanzanian Government is currently at forefront to ensure every child in a classroom has a desk to sit on. To overcome this challenge at the ECCEs, SAWA provided 65 desks, 4 office chairs and 2 tables. Thirty (30) desks with 60 children capacity were handed over to Kibaoni Primary school (One of the schools that receives children from Matangani ECCE) and 35 desks to Matangani ECCEs. During the hand over event, the government was represented by Mvomero District Commissioner who in his official speech hailed SAWA for its move to join the government hand in the initiative for ensuring every child has a desk to sit on.

Achievements/outcomes

• 130 children sit on desks both at Kibaoni primaryschool and Matangani ECCE

• Children are able to listen to the lessons more clearly

• Children’s handwritting has improved quite significantly

• More children are successfully transtioned from ECDs to Formal primary schools

SAWA’s Secretary General presenting 65 desks to Mvomero District Commissioner for Kibaoni P/School and Matangani ECCE in September 2016

Sensitization meeting for Mela, Kibaoni and Mwenge Primary school teachers on smooth transition of children from ECCEs to Primary schools.

At the end of each year, sensitization meeting for smooth transition of children from the ECDs to the formal primary schools is conducted. The purpose of the meeting has been to prepare friendly environments for receiving the children in those schools. In the year 2016, eighteen teachers (13 teachers from Mela, Kibaoni and Mwenge) were sensitized including three (3) heads of the respective schools as well as two (2) Education Coordinators from Lubungo and Mangae Wards. Twenty four children (24) from Matangani successfully transtioned into Kibaoni Primary school. Lack of feeding program in primary schools is the main challenge for children who are received from the ECD centre which may likely lead to drop-out. SAWA in collaboration with the community laeders continue to sensitize the communities and parents to contribute food staff for the children at primary school. However parents whose children default from schools without justifiable reasons are taken accountable by a community committee that was selected and approved by the Village general meeting.

Orienting school committees, Village and District leaders on Social Accountability Monitoring:

In the orientation meeting, twenty five (25) school committee members, village and district leaders were sensitized with the view of raising their understanding on the roles and responsibilities they bear in relation to sustainability of the ECDs, how to encounter challeges that surround the ECDs, including how to take service providers accountable to improve quality of childhood education in their areas. However during this meeting, majority of community leaders in Mela, Lubungo and Mangae Wards were noted to have low understanding of their roles and responsibilities on the centres. In 2017/2018, SAWA has planned to conduct Social Accountability Monitoring in order to strengthen the voices of the surrounding communities to demand greater Accountability and Responsiveness directly from Public officials and service providers in addressing challenges surrounding the ECD centres.

Achievements/outcomes

• 18 Teachers from the ECDs and formal primary schools support successful transtion of children to formal schools.

• 24 Childen from the ECDs have succeessfully transitioned to the formal primary schools.

• 25 Village and Ward leaders are now aware on how to encounter challenges surrounding the ECDs.

School committee members, village, Ward and District leaders on SAM orientation meeting at Mvomero District Council in November 2016