Please refer to our page PRIMARY SCHOOL 2013-2019 for earlier content
Please see LATEST UPDATES for information from May 2020 onwards
PRIMARY SCHOOL UPDATE JUNE 2019 to MAY 2020
We have had a great 12 months of progress on Namelock School thanks to some generous donations from individuals, from Bunnik Travel, the Lang Foundation, fundraising by our hard-working TANZEED volunteers and our child sponsors:
- Classroom 3 and 4 have been completed allowing increased student numbers
- Rotary (Burnside) funded desks for staff and students for the new classrooms
- We now have 163 children attending that previously were walking approximately 15 km each way to the nearest Government school
- We have employed a cook and 6 trained, local teachers, including a principal
- The school self-initiated the development of a school logo, uniforms, a school song and hosted parent days
- We are in the final stages of attaining registration approval with the Tanzanian Government
- We have had a dining hall and kitchen built and students receive a daily hot meal at school
- Our local school board is well established and has representatives from the community, parents and village leader
- We have launched our child sponsorship program and have 10 children currently sponsored
- We have commenced construction for classrooms 5,6 and an office
- TANZEED members visited the school (self-funded) in Jan 2020 to a warm Maasai welcome. This visit also included the Mt Kilimanjaro TANZEED fundraising climb and the running of teacher training workshops.
GOALS for 2020-2021:
Developed in conjunction with the school, school board and community:
- Finalise our registration with the Tanzanian Government
- Complete the construction of classrooms 5 and 6 for our older students and a much needed office
- Furniture, stationery, resources and teaching staff for the new classrooms
- Water tanks, as there is no running water in the community and it is a 2 hour walk to collect water in the dry season
- The COVID19 pandemic has resulted in the Tanzanian Government closing schools on March 17th, 2020. In line with this, Namelock School is closed until restrictions are lifted.
- Teachers are continuing to attend work with the aim to prepare lessons plans, resources, develop student home study materials and COVID safety education information
- Additional safety measures are being explored and implemented to keep our teachers, students and the community safe
SCHOOL RE OPENS 29-6-20 POST COVID CLOSURES!
We are pleased to be able to welcome back the 163 current students to Namelock Primary School following the Tanzanian Government lifting the school closure advice that has been in place since March 17th 2020.
Education and practice of safety and hygiene strategies will be undertaken to keep our Namelock Community as safe as possible. The challenges of no running water, electricity or a local health care service make education imperative on how to stay safe.
BUILDING WORK PROGRESS FEB 2021
Building work is progressing on classrooms 5, 6 and the office for our 2021 staff and students.