School Laboratory Expansion
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Info about the School Laboratory Expansion
Within the broad, national goal of increased secondary school and university enrollment in Tanzania is the narrower goal of increasing the number of students enrolled in science and mathematics tracks. This emphasis on science and math education has been met with a reciprocal lack of science and mathematics teachers and facilities nationwide.
A private, co-educational boarding school opened in Southern Tanzania in 1990. There are currently 310 students attending the school, which is completely self-reliant, subsisting on students’ school fees. The school has outgrown its original niche and now accepts students from as far away as Dar es Salaam and the cities of Tanzania’s far north.
The school’s goal is to expand in the 2009 academic year, and three laboratories have been built in preparation. Two have been built as dry laboratories and will not have running water. They are currently unused because they lack the laboratory benches and storage space necessary for regular lab work. The third lab is intended to have running water and a septic tank. Neither sinks nor pipes, however, have yet been installed and a septic tank has not been constructed. Refuse from lab work is currently discharged directly onto school grounds.
We are requesting funds to complete our laboratories—to construct tables and cabinets for two and to install running water, sinks and a septic tank in the other—in order to advance the quality of our science education. The necessity of completing the laboratories in order to increase our capacity for the teaching of hard sciences cannot be overstated, especially given the fact that we intend to initiate A-level teaching in the 2009 Academic year.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.