Change A Life – Educate A Deserving Child In Zanzibar, Tanzania
Education is Change
At the Creative Education Foundation of Zanzibar, our mission is to provide a quality education to orphans and children from low income backgrounds, who would never otherwise have such a chance, whilst building the capacities of local teachers.
On this beautiful tropical island average wages are about $1 – $1.50 per day, adult literacy is low, and children from low income backgrounds attend schools where due to lack of resources and over-crowding in classrooms, the majority will fail at school and only a minority will pass. It just doesn’t seem right to us.
The end result is that school drop out rates are high, and local youth rarely have the skills needed to be employable in the island’s blossoming tourism industry.
We want more people to break out of this poverty cycle – by offering a quality, free education to just one child in a family, we figure that child can grow up to help their whole family. Not stopping there, our curriculum is designed to produce socially and environmentally young adults, capable of becoming agents of change in their own communities.
Our class sizes are small, teachers have access to daily mentoring, and attend training courses, and students benefit from an availability of learning materials.
This all costs money & being a grassroots organization we do not really qualify for international aid, so we survive on help from our friends – our expenses run at $100 per month per child. We are pitching to cover half of the year’s expenses in this campaign – currently, of our 42 students we educate 37 children who are either low income or orphans. In 2015 we expect our school to grow to 60 children.