In the area surrounding Baraa Primary School some families live in absolute poverty and to be able to afford the basic needs, food, water, school books, is a challenge for each family. Most families, due to the poverty level in the area, have multiple children attending Baraa Primary School.
The moment Ithemba stepped into the school the goal was to transform the school into a top-ranking school in the area. They renovated the school, built new classrooms, added windows, added electricity, built a library and stocked the library with books, introduced inclusive participatory education programs, extracurricular activities, hiring additional teachers so that the ratio between the students and teachers was improved. The foundation introduced extracurricular programs, hiring teachers for arts and sports, Through the Volunteer Program, they introduced art classes to enable the children to learn through pictorial languages.
Primary school is mandatory in Tanzania and starts from the age of five. When a child arrives at the school then it is mandatory for the school to accept that child into the school irrespective of the school’s capacity and ability to cater to the demands of a growing population. Due to the quality of the education, the volunteer program, academic improvement program, the sponsorship program, and the feeding program, there are now over 2000 students attending Baraa Primary School. As the standard of education rose in the school, the sponsorship and feeding programs were introduced, the reputation of Baraa spread far and wide in the Arusha community.
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