Education satisfies hunger

 

 

A better future for pupils and teachers

Maisha Salum Hasani is a first year pupil at the TTC – Teacher Training Centre in KIUMA. The educational facility of the wortundtat projectpartner, which opened in autumn 2015,wants to actively counteract the extreme shortage of teachers in Tanzania. But this is not all. “Education opens doors to a new more carefree life also for me. The best about KIUMA are the three meals a day!” This is the verdict of the 20-year old teacher shortly after starting his training.

Small chances in rural areas

Maisha comes from a small village in the Nanyumbu District in Tanzania’s rural south. To reach the main road from his home village, one has to cover a distance of circa 50 km on sandy paths – the distance to the next larger community is about 22 km. Maisha’s father is a farmer, who works a small piece of poor farmland, which gets far too little rain. His mother is at home, looking after five children of whom he is the eldest. Recently, the word of the value of an education – and the prospect of a regular and better income associated with it – even spread to this remote village, after a boy, who completed a vocational training course, had returned from KIUMA.

As Maisha had always found it easy to learn, the then 15-year old should be the first in his family to go to the secondary school (term 8-11) in the next larger village.

Hunger was a constant companion

“Hunger was a constant companion during my school days.” The young man remembers the circumstances of leaving his village five years ago very well: “My parents rented a small room in a simple grass-covered house for me.They then put me on a bike and sent me on my way. They gave me a small tin of corn flour and beans to take with me. That is all my parents could afford. They told me to ration this small portion wisely so it would last the long weeks until the next visit.”

Apart from that, preparing meals took a long time. Maisha tells us: “After I had returned from school and done my homework I had to start by collecting firewood and fetching water from the Ruvuma River, which from June onwards is pretty shallow. During the mango harvest, I was sometimes lucky and found some fruit on the trees”. However, more than once he had to go to sleep on a fairly empty stomach. But Maisha is a realist: “In our stretch of land, going to bed hungry is not usual.”

Students at the TTC are learning in smaller classes. This lesson is dedicated to teaching them how to deal with problematic pupils or to solve conflicts with parents.

Students at the TTC are learning in smaller classes. This lesson is dedicated to teaching them how to deal with problematic pupils or to solve conflicts with parents.

Success, plans, dreams

All his efforts were well worth it. Maisha completed his secondary school education as the runner up of his year. Now he wanted to become a teacher. And due to the fact, that this course of education was now also available at KIUMA, he decided to go there.

It is now his dream to complete his education as a primary school teacher as quickly as possible. Once he is a teacher, he intends tofund the education of his four siblings; he also plans to go to university and to study parallel to working. About half the students at the TTC are using the opportunity to gain further education whilst already working as a teacher.

Maisha already has a vision for his later future: following his training as a teacher, the government assigned him a job in his underdeveloped home region. His wish: “I want take this opportunity to motivate my pupils and acquaintances to get pleasure out of learning and to go to school regularly!”

 

 

During a visit to the project, Susanna Deichmann, deputy wortundtat chairperson, spoke to Maisha, who had just started his training at the TTC.