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Project information

New School in Zanzibar

To raise funds to build a new school for Zanzibar Learning 4 Life Foundation for disadvantaged children in Tanzania. Demand for our educational services has grown - we need new premises. The government has agreed to extend our remit so we can educate more children if we have space.

December 2017 - December 2019

Charity information: Brighton & Hove Soiree Rotary Settlement (Zanzibar Learning 4 Life Foundation)

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  • Need


    A World Bank report outlines shortages of classrooms and qualified teachers in Zanzibar due to increased enrolment. This has negatively impacted student outcomes. English is the medium of instruction for all subjects in primary and secondary schools, and is crucial for future employment in Zanzibar however, most teachers are ill-equipped to teach English with disastrous consequences for education of young people. This Foundation has a successful track record of addressing these shortcomings.


    The exisiting school will continue to teach 250 students but the new school will more than double capacity and expand the curriculum offering. It will be self-sustaining, using small businesses run by the students to pay the teachers. We anticipate that the results of this school's innovative educational methods will offer an alternative, more successful model to other schools on the island. The young headmaster is uniquely motivated to train teachers to achieve highest standards of tuition.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build a new school where youngsters receive a great education as well as learning practical skills


    » Raise funds to purchase land and build a new school building. Enlarge current sustainable businesses to pay teachers salaries

    What success will look like

    We anticipate that more young people will pass Primary VI examinations and will progress to Secondary Education.

  • Impact


    The Zanzibar government is very interested in this project and we hope that they will look at the reasons for our success and use this school as a model for others on the island.


    The project relies on the headmaster and his leadership team. He recently turned down a well-paying job elsewhere in Tanzania as he is so committed to this project in Zanzibar. He has recently attended the Tanzanian Headmasters management course run by the Goodall foundation and is working to develop a strong management team which will ensure a strong team for the future not reliant one one person.


    We provide regular reports to donors in the form of presentations and newsletters. We plan that this will continue.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £120,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Land purchase Purchase 3 acres of land in the South West of Zanzibar
      £90,000 Build and fit Build and fit out 10 classrooms, staff room, library and computer room

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Rotary Club of Zanzibar, Stone Town £15,000 Guaranteed
    Daraja Foundation, Canada £8,000 Guaranteed
    Rotary Clubs in the UK £8,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Zanzibar is a semi autonomous island, part of Tanzania, one 25 poorest countries in the world. 90% of the population live in rural areas where education, healthcare and employment opportunities are limited. The average annual income is US$250. About half of the population lives below the poverty line. Infant mortality is 54 out of 1,000 live births; child mortality rate is 73 out of 1,000 live births. Only 1 in 10 primary teachers have sufficient knowledge for the job and absenteeism is 1in 4.


    Approximately 700 children and young people will benefit from the project. As they become better educated, more positive and leave school with prospects, their families and the wider community will benefit too. We hope this becomes a model school that can inspire other educationalists around the island.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are partnering with Zanzibar Learning 4 Life Foundation, an NGO based on the island with an excellent reputation of delivery. We work with local people who understand the best way to solve local problems who are well-connected and well-respected in the community. We have experience of teaching on the island and have in-depth, practical experience of what's feasible and what's needed.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Shafii Mwita Haji

    Headmaster and director of Zanzibar Learning 4 Life Foundation. The project is his vision and he will work with his local team to make it a reality.

    Ann Dieckmann

    Trustee of Zanzibar Learning 4 Life Foundation and regular teacher in Zanzibar. Fund-raising and liaison with stakeholders.

    Caroline Richardson

    Project finance