of Tanzania's poor live in rural areas where poverty is highest.

Only 7%

of students reach the international literacy benchmark.


of 14-17 year olds are not enrolled in secondary education.



The Quentin Junior Academy was established in 2009 in a suburb of Dar es Salaam where 13 pupils received free pre-primary education. It proved so successful that numbers quickly grew and in early 2018, they moved into a brand new, purpose-built nursery school that has capacity for up to 100 students.

A young male student wearing a purple shirt, with his finger in his mouth!

Many families in Dar es Salaam work in local quarries where they grind stones into gravel – often working for less than 1 US Dollar per day. In a country with no state-funded pre-primary education system, children frequently accompany their parents to work where they spend hours watching them work in an unsafe environment. Sadly, they are often eventually lured into working themselves by unscrupulous quarry owners.

The Quentin Junior Academy offers a safe learning environment for these children, standing them in good stead for the future, with plenty of time for play, music and physical education to improve their self-confidence and help build relationships.

Your donations help us to support the nursery by providing educational materials, paying the salary of one of the teachers and ensuring the children receive a nutritious Uji porridge meal each day. We have also helped the nursery to develop a vegetable patch which supplements the porridge meal and helps teach children basic gardening skills.

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£10 per month will provide stationery for the Quentin Junior Academy ensuring that the pupils at the Quentin Junior Academy receive the best possible start to their education.

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Two teenage girls in Tanzania sitting behind desks with sewing machines, with the programme leader standing in the middle between them.

In Tanzania, secondary education often comes at a price. Children who do not pass their Form 4 examinations at the end of primary school (aged around 14) will not be offered a place in a state-funded secondary school. The only opportunity for continuing education is to attend a private fee-paying secondary school. For families living on the poverty line, this is simply not an option.

In the pastoral community of Mateves, just outside Arusha, Mfuko Wa Watoto's Youth Network Programme opened its doors in 2012 and provides a 1-year vocational training programme – combined with lessons in mathematics, English and business studies – to teenage girls who are not able to afford to attend fee-paying secondary schools.

As well as the progress the girls make academically and vocationally, we have been pleased that the course has had a positive impact on the students’ confidence and self-esteem. It has also shown the wider Maasai community in which they live that opportunities are available for young women while also driving a change in perception in child marriage by providing a new option to those girls who cannot continue with their secondary education.

I am participating in the sewing programme because it is the only stepping stone I have to my future. I have made friends who share the same background stories and together we are making a very bright future.
— Lydia, 19 years-old.
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It costs just £30 per month for each participant in the Youth Network Programme. Please donate so we can give more young people like Lydia the opportunity for learning and income generation.

Click here to donate £30 per month