When we met Teacher Glory, she was working in a small, grassroots school, in an underprivileged area, as a Teacher. Despite each day, showing up and working to give as many children as she could, a fair education, she was under-qualified and did not possess the skills to manage a class of 40+ children. The school she was working in was owned and run by a local member who had established the school to provide some form of education to impoverished children in the area. The learning environment was not capable of supporting 40+ children, there were little to no resources, and Teacher Glory had no access to training or support services.
In Tanzania, it is estimated that 60% of all teachers are under-qualified, with a large number also not having completed standard schooling. Teachers play a key role in the success of a child's education and prospects, with many great minds often putting their success down to a particular teacher during their school years. We believe getting children in school is one thing, however being able to support educators across East Africa in their work, can create broader, long-term change for thousands of disadvantaged children.
The Kutamani Foundation works to support and upskill the 60% of under-qualified educators working in grassroots schools across Tanzania, by providing professional development courses, on-going access to resources and by promoting collaboration through workshops, PL with other teachers in the region, promoting parent-teacher engagement sessions, and community/school management sessions.
We believe every child deserves a fair chance at an education and a fair chance at a future.
Education remains a fundamental building block in each individual's life, and their chances for success, as well as in an entire country's development, both economically and socially. Equal access to education has the power to end the cycle of poverty, and our program is designed to ensure children have the adequate skills to stay in school, so they have the best chance at a future.
We want to help support the next generation of Tanzanians to be incredible leaders, innovators, inventors, thinkers, collaborators and researchers!
According to the 2014 Tanzanian assessments, only 8% of grade two pupils could read properly. Through our programs, we are working to change this.
By focusing on grassroots schools in disadvantaged areas first, we are working to close the gap in access to quality education, as children from these areas are proven to be the least likely to have the opportunity to continue with schooling, forcing many to drop out at age 7 and find work.
Our programs are designed specifically to encourage and empower Tanzanian education, by upskilling teachers with concepts that are relevant to them, and can be applied in any classroom setting, with locally attainable resources. We do not want to 'Westernise' Tanzanian schooling, we merely want to enrich the work of incredible local teachers.
For every teacher we support, that has the ability to impact over 60 students.
Our Core Values
1) Community > Foundation
At the Kutamani Foundation, we do not consider ourselves to be 'service' to the communities we work in, nor do we believe as outsiders, that we know best. We are partners in the development process. Any initiatives, decisions, or actions we take as an NGO are always led by the opinions and advice of our in-country communities and stakeholders first.
2) Sustainable, Tanzanian development
We aim to ensure that all our support is designed to be self-sufficient and sustainable within the local community. We do not want our initiatives to upskill teachers in a way in which they must continuously rely on the foundation or 'western resources' for ongoing support. We ultimately want the communities we work in to have systems in place, so they are self-sufficient in teaching and professional development. We believe strongly in empowering the local community and culture, to focus on 'Tanzanian development' not 'westernized development'.
3) Removing 'systematic misconceptions' of the African continent
As a foundation working in a developing country, we have a responsibility in the way in which we choose to represent Tanzania and Tanzanian people. Unlike many NGOs and mainstream media sources, who choose to misrepresent the African continent as a predominantly sad place, with little hope without outside influence, we refuse to contribute to this false image. Tanzania and the local community is one of the brightest, most vibrant places, which is full of potential, and so many already amazing developments. We want to show Africa for what it is, a dignified, happy, friendly, prosperous place, and to end the systematic, racist, misconceptions of Africa and African People.