Project information

Brighter Futures Beyond School

Students growing up in poor, remote regions of East Africa are at a huge disadvantage. We believe that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Your support will provide secondary school leavers with the opportunity to continue their education to a higher level and train quality teachers.

We aim to open the centre in 2019.

Charity information: COCO

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  • Need


    There are two major issues that the project will help to overcome.

    1) A severe lack of qualified teachers. Of 278 secondary schools in the Ruvuma region in Southern Tanzania, none have a qualified science teacher.

    2) 270 of these schools only go up to UK GCSE equivalent, leaving the majority of students with no opportunity to further their education, especially those from poor backgrounds who cannot afford fees for the few available places.


    Your support will provide a unique, affordable, and accessible place for pupils to continue their education to college level.

    Students will gain the skills and competencies to access top jobs and lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. Building on the success of our Schools for Life programme, trainee teachers will be taught to a high standard; creating a pool of qualified, motivated and inspirational role-models to benefit thousands of students across the region.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide the opportunity for school leavers to further their education.


    » Ensure at least 60% of places are offered to students from poor backgrounds.
    » Provide a range of academic and vocational courses to cater for a wide range of skills and interests.
    » Ensure accessibility for disabled students.

    What success will look like

    Improvement in exam results across the region within five years of the centre opening.

    Aim 2

    Improve the quality of teaching across the Ruvuma region.


    » Provide teacher training for 150 teachers each year, in a two-year course.
    » Provide marketable skills and quality training so qualified teachers can access the job market.

    What success will look like

    Track student progress and analyse data from student satisfaction surveys (formative and summative). Benchmark courses against sector provision.

    Aim 3

    Train highly-motivated, competent teachers by delivering high quality courses.


    » Ensure excellent quality training in the centre.
    » Include practical sessions on teaching methods.
    » Promote gender parity across trainee cohorts: to address equality issues (e.g. leadership/ inclusion) in classes they will teach.

    What success will look like

    Improvement in student teacher ratios in schools across the region five years after opening, monitored by partners in Tanzania.

    Aim 4

    Improve student to teacher ratios across the region.


    » Training 150 teachers per year at full capacity to provide more teachers for available jobs.

    What success will look like

    Increased number of Schools for Life leavers continuing education after secondary school, monitored by partner schools.

    Aim 5

    Create a sustainable centre that will run free of external support


    » Generate revenue: establish an onsite food forest allowing excess to be sold for profit and hire out the facility during holidays to provide income.
    » Have a small number of fee-paying students from wealthier backgrounds to offset the fees for students from poor backgrounds.
    » Promote links with employers to ensure skills match labour market need and cultivate mutually beneficial business relationships.
    » Use sustainable solar energy to power the centre.

    What success will look like

    Increase in income resultant of income generation strategy. Hoja HE able to cover operational costs, monitored using the centre’s accounts.

  • Impact


    Within five years of operating at full capacity, Hoja HE will positively impact on the lives of over 200,000 people (including skills, knowledge and services passed onto the next generation by teachers and patients treated by nurses). This will continue to grow each year as more students qualify. Graduates will have better job prospects and be able to break the cycle of poverty they were born into. The positive impacts by individual graduates will help with the development of the whole region.


    Project risks include: the community not being engaged; lack of funding and the centre not catering for the poorest students. To mitigate these, from the outset we have worked closely with the community, who have helped clear the land and see the benefits to the local economy the centre will bring. An agreement has been reached following careful planning and discussions with the government to open on a smaller scale to begin with. Income generation strategies focus on sustainability.


    Donors will have access to reports that show the difference their support is making. For example, our website will have photographs of the facility and case studies of students who are directly benefitting from the project to illustrate progress; and stories will be shared by email/ social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Building a classroom Building one of two classrooms needed for opening
      £1,000 Finishings Windows, doors and paint for the classroom
      £2,000 Rainwater harvesting Rainwater harvesting to collect water for cleaning, watering plants and cooking.
      £2,000 Furniture Desks, chairs and cupboards to furnish the classroom.
  • Background


    Hoja HE is being developed in the remote village of Mpandangindo, in Ruvuma, Southern Tanzania. In Southern Tanzania, 28.5% of people are vulnerable to poverty and 24.5% of the region live in severe poverty. These numbers are higher in rural areas. Our programme works with some of the most economically vulnerable people in the country, who are trapped in a cycle of poverty and would otherwise not have the opportunity to access quality education.


    Each year, an average of 277 students will enrol at the centre to study teacher training, nursing, academic subjects or a range of vocational courses. Teachers graduating will benefit thousands of students, nurses will benefit thousands of patients and other graduates will benefit the local economy with their marketable skills. Each graduate’s family will benefit from their improved livelihoods. It is estimated that within five years, over 200,000 people’s lives will be positively impacted.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    COCO has been working in this area of Tanzania since 2006. Along with our implementation partner in the region, Hoja Project, COCO has a wealth of experience working in education to create/ improve provision. Our Schools for Life programme is currently providing quality education to children from nursery through to secondary school level successfully. Expanding the SfL programme to provide further education is the natural progression that gives students the chance to break the cycle of poverty.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Oswin Mahundi

    Oswin is COCO's East African Programmes Lead and Director and Founder of Hoja Project. Oswin is managing the programme in Tanzania.

    Jess Hamer

    Jess is COCO's Partnerships and Communications Manager. She connects donors in the UK with the programmes in East Africa.

    Malaika Milinga

    Malaika works with Hoja Project to implement programmes within communities. She will provide student support and library training after opening.

    Geoffrey Magama

    Geoffrey was supported through school and teacher training by Hoja Project. He is now fully qualified and will teach science when the centre opens.


£100 will pay for a door for the classroom.

"I would like my children to continue their education on to form 5 and 6, so that they will be able to get the qualifications they need to be able to get a good job in the future. At the moment there is no opportunity for this in the area."

Parent of a student at Kindimba Secondary School.