Empowering students of Tanzania
to learn, lead and thrive

Tanzania Education Fund Supporters provide the foundation for
Nianjema Secondary and High School and the success of its students

Timeline

History

1999

  • Purchased 15 acres of land designated for a school by the Bagamoyo Town Council.
  • Tanzania Education Fund is founded to support the development of the first secondary school in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

2000

  • Built 7 buildings without the use of electricity and by making the sun-dried bricks from sand and well-water on the premises. The first seven buildings were: administration building, four-classroom building, library, science laboratory, dining/assembly hall, and two toilet/shower buildings.
  • Groundbreaking of Nianjema Secondary School Campus

2001

  • Opened school with 90 students, 7 teachers, 1 headmaster, 2 cooks, and 1 night watchman.

2002

  • Enrolled a second class of students, with 129 students and 9 teachers. A second four-classroom building, dispensary/storage building, and one staff house were built.

2003

  • Expanded school to a third class of 174 students. A third large classroom and another staff house were built. The first national tests results were received placing Nianjema in the top 20% of all schools in Tanzania.

2004

  • Graduated 45 students in December. There were 11 teachers instructing 225 students in four grades. A computer lab, storeroom/shop and two additional staff houses were built. Construction began on a classroom/workshop building.

2005

  • High school classes began in April for 45 students. With the increased enrollment, 16 teachers were hired for the entire school.
  • First USAID grant to build 5 faculty/staff houses

2006

  • The Form 4 students placed in the top 15% in the country of smaller sized schools on the national examinations. The school continues to grow with 308 students and 22 teachers. Five more staff houses are being constructed this year.
  • USAID grant to build two dormitories that allowed girls to board safely, within the school compound

2007

  • Nianjema celebrated the graduation of its first 12 students in January of 2007. The girls' dormitory was completed and the girls moved in.
  • First group of students enter Nianjema High School classes
  • USAID grant to build the High school complex, enabling the addition of a high school/college prep curriculum

2008

  • On the national exams, the Form 4 students scored in the top 5% of the country, and the Form 2 students were in the top 10%. The boys' dormitory is under construction and will be completed in April.
  • USAID grant to build four new dormitories and an all-purpose educational building, under construction

2009

  • Nianjema has grown from 90 students in 2000 to over 300 students today. Both the girls' and boys' dormitories have been built and occupied, and four more are planned for the near future. The high school complex is under construction and will be completed by December of 200
  • Nianjema nursery school founded for Nianjema teachers and local children
  • First Nianjema High School students graduate

2010

  • Nianjema celebrates first 10 years
  • New High School dedication planned for spring 2010

2011

  • New Headmaster Antony Nysenshile rejoined the staff in July, as he formerly was a history teacher who took 3 years off for advanced studies.  Completed the new library, two classroom buildings, and high school science lab.

2012

  • The completion of the four dormitories will be accomplished in March.  Expanding the primary school through the third grade.  First group of safari tours for Nianjema donors was highly successful.

2013

  • Our outstanding Form 4 students performed in the TOP 6% of all 747 Tanzanian schools! There are now six dormitories for both girls and boys completed. Our teacher exchange program with Ega Gymnasium from Denmark has been outstanding.

300 students today