The Meirowa community is situated near to the famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, close to the border with Kenya. A relatively new community, it has very limited infrastructure. With no ‘village hub’ to speak of, the primary school, established in 2006, acts as the community centre.
Africa Foundation has been working with Meirowa Primary School since 2010. At that time the school only had two classrooms, in which Grades 1, 2 and 3 were being taught – thereafter children where commuting to school in the next village of Ololosokwan.
Enrolment at Meirowa Primary school has been on the rise, from 180 children in 2010 to more than 450 students in 2019. To manage the demand the school needed to recruit more teachers and in 2017 Africa Foundation assisted this process through the construction of two teachers houses to supplement the accommodation already there. The existing 5 classrooms are however insufficient, creating a student to class ratio of 90:1. In 2019 Africa Foundation supporters enabled the completion / renovation of an additional two classrooms – which had been part built through community contributions – increasing the total to 7 – one for each primary school grade. The pre-school children remain outdoors.
In 2020, 85 pre-schoolers enrolled at Meirowa School. Africa Foundation is hoping to assist with a further two classrooms at Meirowa School, specifically for the formal creation of the pre-school.
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