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Improving the Quality of Education

Although Carpenter’s Kids has an educational focus through enabling vulnerable children to attend school, St. Paul’s has also concentrated on the overall quality of education in both the primary and secondary schools in Mwitikira by working with teachers and other village leaders.  This focus is crucial to improving the life of the next generation in the village.  A variety of approaches to meeting this goal have been used.

  • In response to the village’s first request, St. Paul’s members donated money to provide 300 additional wooden desks.  The gift meant that students no longer sit on the floor and are in a better position to learn.
  • Working through St. Paul’s, a donor recently provided funding to allow the village to complete 2 new primary classrooms to alleviate overcrowding.
  • St. Paul’s members and friends have visited for extended stays to teach English to primary and secondary students, to help secondary students especially with science, and to help adults learn or improve their English.  Modeling ways to teach English has been inspirational to some village teachers.
  • Typically Tanzanian schools have 1 textbook for every 8 students; the situation in Mwitikira was worse than that.  Through donations from individuals, St. Paul’s has provided textbooks for every primary school student in grades 3-7, and for every two students in grades k-2.  A remarkable aspect of the campaign to get textbooks was the project of the Woodville Elementary School’s National Junior Honor.  Collecting small change from fellow students, the Honor Society raised $1000 for textbooks for Mwitikira.  Learning of their project through a newspaper article, another anonymous donor matched their gift.  The Honor Society received the Youth Philanthropy Award in 2013 from their national organization.
  • St. Paul’s has donated additional school supplies for students, teacher’s aides. 
  • Visitors have worked with villagers to paint the blackboards, improving their legibility.
  • St. Paul’s donated $250 to begin a science laboratory at the secondary school.  This “seed money” led to the Tanzanian government providing funds to build a laboratory wing and equip it.
  • St. Paul’s provided funds to build a new kitchen required for the village’s participation in the World Food Program making it possible for 1000 students at the primary school to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch on school days.

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