Its one month into the new term for students in Tanzania. At this time, Saving Grace has 22 students enrolled. However, our retention of students is lacking. Because we do not offer grade 1, a few of our best and brightest students have moved on to other schools, including beloved Bakari, and future teacher Gift. We are excited that they have the opportunity to continue their education, but are saddened to see them go.
We are on our way to expanding educational opportunities for Saving Grace students by hiring more teachers. This will, of course, depend on funding, as we cannot currently provide a full salary to another educator. Although the salary for a teacher in Tanzania is approximately US$1470, current sponsorships and donations will not cover it.
A school library is also in the works. Presently, the student’s only reading material is their workbooks. They have no stories to read, and therefore get little practice. Grace has been in touch with the local carpenter who built the desks; he has started working on building bookshelves to line the library walls. We hope to also procure a few chairs and a desk.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve the school so that our students recieve the best education possible, but we can’t do it alone. It is only with the help of our donors that we have come this far.