Cotinuing on with our Tanzania update, our Year 10 students spent the day trekking on the edge of Arusha National Park taking the opportunity to enjoy the unique local flora and fauna and visiting local beauty spots. They travelled through local villages and had the opportunity to observe how the local people live in this area. Later, they continued on to Dolly Bush Estate where they pitched tents and prepared for a night under canvas cooking their own food over open fires.
The next day students contributed to the building of the new classrooms, kitchens and bathrooms at Imbaseni Primary School ensuring the perfect continuation of our projects in the area which last year saw us help to build a new nursery school with special needs unit. They have been busy digging foundations, laying floors, building brick walls and plastering, as well as learning the necessary skills to do this alongside local craftsmen. Great effort Team!
On the last day students helped to build 5 classrooms on the southern side of the school at Imbaseni Primary School. The new buildings will reduce the pressure on the current classrooms considerably as there are 22 teachers currently teaching 906 students in 11 classrooms. Seeway Tanzania were asked by local and Ministry of Education officials to increase classroom capacity as much as possible to provide a better learning environment for their students.
The students had the opportunity to travel through the stunning scenery of northern Tanzania on specialist off-road trucks to the Tarangire National Park, home to one of the largest populations of elephants in the world. With a year round supply of fresh water, Tarangire contains the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti which makes it an ideal place to spot almost all of Africa’s famous wildlife, in its natural environment, including wildebeest, buffalo, lions, leopards and zebras, as well as spectacular herds of up to 300 migrating elephants and an incredible array of bird life. With 550 different breeding species Tarangire boasts the greatest variety of birds in one habitat in the world.
Our students learnt about the vast array of native flora and fauna whilst carrying out an animal survey and had a once in a lifetime opportunity to camp in the Tarangire National Park making the two day Safari a truly unforgettable experience.
The life changing experience of the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the local communities and villages around Maji ya Chai, in the Arusha region of Tanzania, has come to an end for our Year 10 students. They have actively contributed to a legacy of almost 2000 Nord Anglia students who have already made substantial contributions at Nazareti and Kitefu primary schools.
Thank you to Year 10 team and Mr. Walder, Ms. Ellis and Mr Daniel for all their hard work raising funds then implementing the projects in Tanzania. The local community is definitely a happier place as they have been given basic tools to be able to help themselves through our student's hard work. Well done to all!
Chris Kinlan & Kari Ellis
SENCO, Head of Year 7 & Assistant Head Pastoral / KS3&4 Humanities