Watch this four minute video to see Nianjema's story and campus.
English Immersion Class Recruits Girls to Nianjema
Identifying and educating the best and brightest girls is a new Nianjema Schools initiative supported by TEF donations.
Eighty primary girls benefit from an 8-week English immersion program each year. At the end of the program, 20 girls are offered four-year full scholarships for Nianjema Secondary School. Last year, 12 girls accepted and matriculated.
“Encouraging bright girls with good leadership skills is critical,” says Charlie Sloan, school manager. “Many families make the choice to not send their daughters on to secondary school. A full scholarship means that a girl gets a chance.”
This year’s Girls Initiative Program is in October and November at Nianjema Schools. Click here to support talented girls.
Girls Benefit from Aid for Africa Scholarships
Aid for Africa Scholarship students Joyce Joseph, Suzana Juma, and Nasrat Mahuridi
Aid for Africa is a charity alliance of U.S.-based nonprofits and their African partners working to help children, families, and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nianjema Students Rank High in National Exams
Nianjema students were in the top 10.5% of all students in Tanzania in the latest national exams (2015). Nianjema students ranked 122 out of 1162 schools nationwide and there were no failures.
“All of our Nianjema students qualified to go on to high school and university or to teaching colleges," says Headmaster Anthony Nyenshile.
Support Our Nianjema Teachers
A Tanzanian Education Fund initiative will raise $6000 to support the children of Nianjema teachers who need financial assistance.
“The Fund will help the teachers and their children. Our teachers are eager to have their children at Nianjema, and 18 children qualify. The teachers have feelings of pride and dignity and would be very gratified by this assistance,” says school manager Charlie Sloan.
Nianjema School Bus Around the Town
Imagine 6 people riding on one motorcycle to school.
This was the dilemma of many parents at Nianjema. The problem has been solved. A new school bus with Nianjema Secondary School on one side and Margery Wolf Kuhn Primary School on the other. As the bus goes around picking up students more distant from the school, they advertise the school they are proud of. Students who live closer walk or ride their bicycles to school.
Solar Power Brings Consistent Water and Light
Solar panels are essential to student success at Nianjema. The campus community transformed with the addition of solar panels to the large central Dining Hall. Students can now study at night in groups as well as eat in a lighted hall during the rainy season.
Students and faculty from Egaa, Nianjema’s Danish partnership school, worked with Nianjema students and staff on joint projects in January. Egaa provided funding to purchase and install a solar water pump. The project was a great learning experience for all and is now producing a reliable source of water. Before the pump, the school experienced almost daily outages due to loss of electricity on the town grid.
Adding additional panels to school dormitories, the library and buildings throughout the campus is a key fund raising goal. Interested in helping? Click here to see how.
Nianjema Schools Continue to Improve Campus
SLovely bougainvillea, coconut trees, mango trees, exotic plants and beautiful walkways grace the Nianjema campus, making it a joy for students, staff and visitors. The landscape is an almost 20-year project of on-site gardeners.
Two new basketball courts are among the most popular additions to the Nianjema campus. Located near dormitories and the soccer field, the courts are side by side and can double as tennis courts. A hop-scotch keeps the little children busy.
Indoors, beautiful new Terrazzo floors have replaced the concrete floors in all classes, staff administration building, dining hall and science buildings. The floors are beautiful and safer.
A New Library Building and a Generous Donation Our students outgrew the originallibrary, one of the first buildings at Nianjema. The library is important. Students rely on the library to study and work together and, for many, it is the first time they have free access to a variety of books.
To accommodate increased usage by students and teachers and the growing collection, Nianjema built a new library building. and collection, including a 4,000 book gift from The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation increased the collection with a gift of 4,000 books. The Nianjema library, with more than 15,000 volumes, now houses more books than any other school in Tanzania.