Dedicated to Sustaining the Development and Success of the Margery Wolf Kuhn (MWK) Schools
The Tanzania Education Fund works to enrich the lives of young people better. TEF supports the development and success of the Margery Wolf Kuhn (MWK) Preschool, Primary, and Secondary Schools which serve the children of Eastern Tanzania.
TEF relies on individual, organizational, and government contributions and maintains a low overhead. 98% percent of funds go directly to MWK and the students it serves.
Provides 80 full scholarships and supports 22 boarding students annually
Educated more than 7,000 Tanzanian students since its inception in 2001
Employs 74 Tanzanians as teachers, administrators and supporting staff
Built a two-campus complex with 32 buildings that supports a pre-school, primary and secondary school in Tanzania
Established a 25,000-book library that provides a study and meeting place for students
Built Modern Medical Clinic Tanzania, a collaborative TEF project, to serve the students and staff of MWK Schools and the surrounding community
Improved existing infrastructure, including new solar lighting in buildings and better ventilation in classrooms
Provide a broad educational experience grounded in Tanzanian culture and tradition that prepares graduates to participate fully in the continued development of their country.
Make education accessible for the young people of Tanzania who would not otherwise have the opportunity.
The TEF Board works with the MWK Trustees, a Tanzanian board that directly supervises the schools. TEF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is based in Vienna, Virginia, U.S.A. MWK schools are in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.
Carl L. Biggs
Michael S. Carney
Margaret K. Carson
Mary Dollar Hughes
Charles W. Sloan, Jr.
Mary Dollar Hughes
Daphne D. Sloan
Technical and Solar Design Consultant
Gary Koopmann, PhD
Tanzania Board of Trustees
Charles W. Sloan, Jr.
Aidan Njau (Dr)
Allan K. Okoth
The MWK Secondary School scored among the top Tanzanian schools in their National Exam. TEF Scholars scored 1st or 2nd Division, achieved by one percent of students in Tanzania.
Administration reorganization improves student development and education.
Our Creative Arts Teachers and Formal arts program provides writing, singing, dancing, drawing, acrobatics, acting, and traditional dance and art. Quarterly talent shows demonstrate student achievements.
First student yearbook published. School closed for 2 months due to Covid, and reopens with social distancing and special health education classes.
Continued addition of solar lighting throughout the campuses.
2015 - 2019
Margery Wolf Kuhn Primary School students graduated first class.
The new bus provides transportation for students and field trips.
The extracurricular program offers multiple sports for girls and boys, Explorer’s Club, and community service activities. Our regional interleague sports initiated.
A continuing grant from St. Mark Catholic Church provides individual student textbooks. Students sport new uniforms.
Ongoing partnership and cultural exchange with Danish Egaa School.
Extra sessions for intensive English language classes begin.
2010 - 2014
Nianjema Schools celebrated its 10th anniversary.
TEF Scholars, a program to attract girls and convince them to continue their education initiated.
The annual English language immersion program was introduced.
Eight new buildings: library, high school science lab, 2 classroom buildings, and 4 dormitories.
More than 400 secondary and primary students matriculated.
Fifty international volunteers provide expertise in English, sports, science, and primary education.
Grants from the W. O’Neill Foundation and the Carney Clan Foundation provide the basis for the Modern Medics Clinic.
High school classes began in April for 45 students for the two-year program.
The first USAID grant supported the building of 5 faculty/staff houses on a 15-acre plot near the school. The school continued to grow, and a USAID grant was awarded to build two dormitories for the girls.
In 2007, Nianjema celebrated the graduation of the first 12 high school students.
The Form 4 students scored in the top 5% in the country.
A boys’ dormitory started construction under a USAID grant.
Nianjema nursery school was founded for children of Nianjema teachers and local children.
1999 - 2004
Purchased 15 acres of land designated for a school by the Bagamoyo Tanzania Council.
Built 7 buildings by making the sun-dried bricks from sand and well-water on the premises without the use of electricity.
In 2001, the school opened with 90 students and 7 teachers, enrolled the second class of 129 students and 9 teachers, and expanded the next year with 174 students.
The first national test results placed Nianjema in the top 20% of all schools in Tanzania. In December 2004, 45 students graduated in December.
Where are the Margery Wolf Kuhn Schools?katherine2022-08-08T18:37:46+00:00
The school resides on three campuses with 37 buildings and a large, multi-purpose playing field. Buildings include girls’ and boys’ dormitories, teacher housing, and classroom buildings. The third campus houses the Modern Medics Clinic in Tanzania.
How did MWK Schools start?katherine2022-08-07T16:40:15+00:00
After graduation as a mechanical engineer from Virginia Tech, founder Charlie Sloan served with the Peace Corps in Tanzania. While he was there, he saw many children that were not in school and vowed to return to build a school for those children. He returned to build the schools that became MWK in 2000, using funds he raised plus a legacy from his aunt, Margery Wolf Kuhn.
How are MWK Schools funded?katherine2022-08-07T16:39:53+00:00
MWK built a new library in 2011 to accommodate the growing book collection and increased usage by students and teachers. It also houses the computer lab. For many students, the library offers access to a variety of books and a place where they can study quietly for the first time.
With more than 25,000 books, the school offers more books than any other school in Tanzania. The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation of Nigeria presented 4,000 books to the school. TEF supporters continue to donate books.
In what language are the classes taught?katherine2022-08-07T16:38:58+00:00
Girls are underrepresented in Tanzanian secondary schools. Dedicated scholarships can make the difference between education and no education. MWK prioritizes the recruitment and development of girls through the TEF Scholars Program.
Do students pay tuition?katherine2022-08-08T18:33:44+00:00
The TEF Scholars Program provides scholarships for tuition and boarding, each offers $700/yr., intensive English classes, mentoring, and tutoring. The program was originally designed to enable girls to continue to secondary school in an area where they were encouraged to stop their education after elementary school. In 2020, this opportunity was extended to boys in need.
Does the school offer transportation?katherine2022-08-08T18:32:30+00:00
Yes, our school bus picks up students who live too far away from the school to walk and provides transportation for field trips, community service activities, and competitive sports events. The banner sign on the bus promotes the school to the community.
What percent of eligible students in Tanzania attend secondary school?katherine2022-08-07T16:36:33+00:00
At the secondary level, 49% of boys and 39% of girls attend school according to the most recent statistics from the Education Policy and Data Center. Only 31% of Tanzanian boys and girls graduate from secondary school.
Does the government support the school financially?katherine2022-08-07T16:35:36+00:00
We welcome discussions about named gifts, including endowing programs or scholarships at MWK. Large gifts can also be directed toward the science labs, the library, computers, or the Modern Medics Clinic Tanzania. Find out about giving opportunities.
How can I volunteer at MWK Schools?katherine2022-08-08T18:31:10+00:00
Modern Medics is a TEF collaborative project that will offer access to medical services for students and staff as well as the surrounding community. TEF raised the initial funding and continues to support the development of the clinic.
The Tanzania Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Vienna, Virginia, U.S.A. and supporting the development and success of Margery Wolf Kuhn (MWK) Pre-, Primary, and Secondary Schools in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.