THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO BOOST DEVELOPMENT
LEARNING TO READ, WRITE AND DO MATHS IS A KEY STARTING POINT
The Kamitei Foundation (“Kamitei”) is a non-religious charity that aims to make an effective contribution to the education of children in rural Tanzania through small scale investments in facilities and teaching aids and through the granting of individual scholarships.
We currently support 8 primary schools and 2 secondary schools in 4 rural communities in Northern Tanzania (Kilimatembo, Kainam, Irkeepus and Oltukai), reaching 3,500 children. Our Scholarship program has assisted close to 100 students so far.
Ageeth visited Tanzania again in the spring of 2017 to assist Bill in his ongoing efforts to teach trainers and support the development of the schools in the communities we support.
Last March Kamitei visited them at school to check how they are doing. In the national exams at the end of 2016 almost all of them were in division I and some of them in division II out of five divisions. Only a couple are not doing great. Together with their teachers...
A day after the event in Amsterdam, Jeroen, Jane and Ageeth travelled to Belgium at the invitation of Hugo Levecke, who had organised an event at the Royal Hockeyclub in Leuven, where over 20 guests attended. Kamitei is now also an officially recognised charity in...
Our focus on education is based on the following beliefs:
- In the longer term, education has a strong positive impact on the standard of living of individuals and their communities;
- Education has important indirect benefits in areas such as health, birth control and empowerment of communities;
- The benefits of education tend to be structural and long lasting: it creates a virtuous circle.
Our field activities are based on multiple years of on-the-ground experience in rural Tanzania as to how education can be structurally improved in the most effective and efficient manner, whilst keeping overhead costs to a minimum. We use multiple approaches to reach our aim; we build school facilities, we supply desks, books and teaching aids, we provide housing, training and incentives to the teachers, etc. We don’t offer a ‘free ride’, however: the communities have to contribute themselves as well. This matching principle ensures that the communities are really committed to make things work.
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