Run down schools, crowded class rooms, lack of resources and virtually no sport are all part and parcel of a young persons life in Tanzania, Africa.
Irish volunteers Aisling Quigley and Anna Moore have set about changing the experiences young people are faced with in everyday life. Their work is delivered via Camps International and the core project is based around improving educational infrastructure at the local primary schools and improving village life as a whole.
The main focus currently is on building a classroom for students with special educational needs. Presently they are learning alongside mainstream classes and they are unable to succeed, as their educational needs are so different.
Desks and furniture making are also a high priority here with more than four students trying to squeeze onto one desk so making plenty for all students to sit comfortably will bring great advantages to their learning.
In Tanzania, structured sports education and inter-schools competition is virtually non-existent due to a lack of resources and time. The main issues are sport and P.E. are not part of the National Curriculum, lack of sports teachers, run-down or non-existent school and community sports pitches and facilities, lack of school sports equipment and student kit and gender inequality. Aisling and Anna will be working on sports development and hope to try and develop an area to facilitate their needs.
As a result of the donation Rosie and Jim, Ballybrittas’ made Aisling and Anna can now carry out volunteer work in Tanzania, which will make a real difference to communities.