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Project information

Student Secondary School Books for 2014 Year

Students need texts books! This year we need 140 texts books for the 42 students who Umoja is supporting to attend Secondary schools. Without texts books students will struggle to follow in class and not be able to do their homework. Text books are a necessity to learn.

January 2014 - December 2014

Charity information: Umoja

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  • Need


    In Tanzania most schools face extreme shortage of textbooks, desks, chairs, toilets, water supply, and hand-washing facilities. The pupil:qualified teacher ratio stands at 49:1 meaning that teachers struggle with large classroom sizes and cannot adequately cater for all student needs. To make matters worse for every 5 students 1 text book is available. Many of the books are in poor conditions from over use, incomplete and often outdated.


    It is Umoja's objective to ensure that all the students we sponsor have the appropriate texts books to be able to achieve their bests during their education. Having the correct text book for themselves means that they can study independently at school or at home.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure that every student sponsored has the appropriate text book.


    » To purchase 140 new text books for our current and future students to attend Secondary schools.

    What success will look like

    All students studying will possess the correct and current text book used at the Secondary School or institution they attend.

  • Impact


    Without appropriate materials and text books to learn from how are students expected to learn? With the aid of these resources we wish to ensure that sponsored students will have the best opportunities to attend school and receive the best education possible. It is a fact that young people who complete secondary school have a greater chance of gaining employment than those without any formal education. Our success will be measured by those who complete school and go onto find employment.


    Should students not receive the correct text book then it is likely that they will not be able to follow lessons in class and fall behind. Once students fall behind in class it is often demotivating for them and failing often becomes a common reality. Sponsored students from Umoja will always receive the correct materials for study and through our life skills training they should be motivated and confident enough to complete their studies.


    This project will be closely monitored by the Grants Manager and reports of progress will be regularly sent to the donor. This will include progress reports and copies of receipts of payment of the text books purchased.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £610

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      Amount Heading Description
      £215 Sciences Secondary school texts level 1 to 4 for biology, chemistry, physics and maths
      £142 Arts Secondary school texts level 1 to 4 for civics, geography, history
      £74 Business Secondary school texts level 1 to 4 for commerce and bookkeeping
      £47 Language Secondary school texts level 1 to 4 for Kiswahili
      £132 Nature Trees, shrubs and animal texts for tourism studies
  • Background


    The city of Arusha, where The Umoja Centre is located, is in Northern Tanzania at the base of Mount Meru and is the capital of the region. Tanzania’s urban population is rapidly increasing with 92 per cent of the urban population living in slums (UN-Habitat). This is one of the highest rates in sub-Saharan Africa (more than 6 per cent per year). All our students are from backgrounds of extreme poverty, living in the urban slum areas and are among the most marginalized in their society.


    We have 42 students who we are currently sponsoring to attend secondary schools, 2 are in vocational training institutes. They will directly benefit from this project. It is hoped that once they complete their education they will be able to attain full-time skilled employment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There are few education schemes like Umoja in Arusha. Existing education opportunities all charge fees for courses and are beyond student means. At Umoja, students benefit from free education and extra curricular activities, medical checks, health information, counseling, guidance and support. These young people are consistently neglected by both the government and other relief agencies. Umoja has provided this support since 2009 and has a good track record with students and the community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ms Caroline Goody

    Founder and Programme Director

Student text books are essential for learning

Student text books are essential for learning


Per month will pay for a childs school needs

Michael Gombe, Umoja Class 2011

"I knew that I wanted to be somebody, but I didn’t know what…now I want to be somebody who can help society.”