Since the beginning of our partnership in 2011, We have seen the number of children able to access education at the Queen Elizabeth Academy more than triple.
The school is currently educating 203 students, from Nursery up to Primary 7 level. In 2011, it was educating a total of 65 students.
The mission of the school is to provide equal access to quality education in Mlali, with a particular focus on supporting those children in the village who live in poverty and/or those who had been affected by HIV/Aids. It runs on a 2 to 1 model i.e. for every two children who can pay the affordable school fees, one child from a family who cannot pay is sponsored by the school.
Thanks to this innovative model, 65 students impacted by poverty or HIV/Aids are able to access free education at the school.
By investing in people, We have also seen the quality of education increase
In partnership with the management team on the ground and thanks to the donations of our supporters, The Mlali Community Trust pays staff salaries at the Queen Elizabeth Academy - the 13 teachers, 1 school nurse, 2 cooks and 2 watchmen who are at the heart of the life of the school and are the people ensuring the students have all that they need to thrive.
The school has a low turn over of staff which is unusual for a rural school in Tanzania. A consistent income to pay salaries, dedicated local leadership, a strong team spirit and a common vision for the future combines to provide important consistency, a positive environment for the students and ultimately a better education.
Below are pictures of the school in 2011 and in 2018.
Many of the students pictured in 2011 have now gone on to secondary school. Some are part of the current Primary 7 class at QEA (pictured below). The whole of P7 passed their national exams in October 2018 and placed QEA as the top school in the ward, and the 6th best in the district - the school’s best ever placing! Their hard work and that of their teachers - who often teach extra classes and tuition outside of working hours - made sure of this success!
The school’s ultimate aim is to be be able to pay salaries and other running costs Entirely with local income
Along side salaries, we have been partnering with the team to meet this goal by funding school infrastructure, which allows them to increase the quality of education and the number of paying and supported students they have. In partnership with Mama Hope - an organisation based in the US - we have also funded income generating projects that provide local funds for the school. These projects have all been designed and managed by the local team.