Mayoka Primary School was established in 1973 to serve the children of this isolated village. The school provides education from pre-school to Grade 7. After free primary education was introduced in Tanzania in 2001, school enrolment significantly increased, especially in the poorer, more rural areas. This saw classes grow in size and pressure put on resources and teachers. The school has 12 classrooms and an enrolment of 557 children (excluding pre-school), every class has an average of 56 children. The classrooms are dilapidated as a result of accelerated depreciation caused by overcrowding and overuse of facilities. A fully equipped kitchen and dining hall is currently under construction.
Africa foundation are seeking funding to refurbish all 12 classrooms. Refurbishing the classrooms will make them safe and it will provide an environment conducive for both teaching and learning.
Mayoka is a rural community in the Manyara region of Tanzania, just close to Lake Manyara. Mayoka community has approximately a population of about 8,213 residents and just under 900 households. Like most of rural Tanzania, the community is dependent on subsistence farminga and rearing livestock. Because of its proximity to Lake Manyara, tourism provides the only formal employment to the community.
Through Africa Foundation, in partnership with andBeyond and a number of generous donors; a double classroom block for the pre-school, ten classrooms, an administration block, ablutions and teacher’s accommodation have been built and refurbished. Desks (manufactured at andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge workshop) have been also been donated.
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