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Polish Mission for Education – handicapping education chances of children from Ulyankulu refugee camp through constructing a preprimary and primary education centre as well as conducting a round of workshops for children and trainings for teachers in Tabora region

The project addresses the deficiencies in proper educational infrastructure and in opportunities for professional development of teachers, particularly perceptible in the Tabora region where Ulyankulu is situated – one of the first camps in the world for refugees from Burundi, which has expanded into the size of a 40,000-inhabitant town.

The Caritas Tabora Report on the needs for Ulyankulu, prepared in 2016, points out the inability to ensure adequate education for its inhabitants, as a result of historical factors, among other things. In Ulyankulu there is a kindergarten run by the St Louis Parish, but there are no suitable facilities at the primary school level. The existing facility is struggling with overcrowding. There are 1,000 children who should start 1st grade in 2018. The local authorities and institutions do not have adequate funds to develop the essential school infrastructure.

Accessibility and the right standard of education are the basis for a child’s development from the very beginning. In addition, the slowly progressing integration between Tanzanians and the refugees requires supporting activities. It becomes necessary to create an educational base, improve the quality of education and the skills of teachers. Integration with the local community can be helped with supporting activities.

Polish Mission for Education – handicapping education chances of children from Ulyankulu refugee camp through constructing a preprimary and primary education centre as well as conducting a round of workshops for children and trainings for teachers in Tabora region

The general aim of the project is to raise the standard of living of the inhabitants and create better prospects of development through improved access to education for the people of Tanzania. Under the project, a building complex is to be built for the needs of early school and primary education, with a total area of 496 m2. In the beginning, 175 children will be using it and as a target goal – 300 children, of both refugees from Burundi and native Tanzanians.

Another element of the project will be raising the professional skills of the local teachers. Training teachers of the English language with the use of theatre techniques will improve their competencies, while the teaching material will help them organise creative activities.

The new school infrastructure and space for creative and artistic activities will contribute to better integration of the residents and to overcoming of stereotypes. The integration meetings will be attended by about 100 persons, including members of families of the students, but they will also be open for all those interested. Information on the dates of the meetings will be generally accessible (e.g. on Facebook).

Polish Mission for Education – handicapping education chances of children from Ulyankulu refugee camp through constructing a preprimary and primary education centre as well as conducting a round of workshops for children and trainings for teachers in Tabora region

The project provided for the creation of an architecturally innovative pre-primary and primary educational centre for children. The centre has four classrooms, a theatre building, an administrative building and a sanitary facility with the total area of 440 m2. The classrooms were equipped with 120 sets of furniture for children (chairs and desks), designed with the school in mind. The school also received some equipment (three laptops, a printer and a CD player), which will help teachers to apply modern and attractive teaching methods.

Over 91 hours of training courses and workshops on drama techniques in teaching English were provided to teachers, which helped to improve the professional skills of three teachers and the principal of the school. There were 79 children who participated in 98 hours of workshops on the English language, which were conducted by Polish experts.

The teaching methods incorporating drama techniques served as the basis for developing, producing and delivering to the Ulyankulu school education materials in English, which consist of 10 teacher scripts, 10 CDs with songs and counting rhymes for learning English, 10 sets of picture cards and 8 hand puppets.

Thanks to the project carried out at the Ulyankulu school, run by the Roman Catholic Parish of St Louis in a former camp for refugees from Burundi, 140 children began attending school regularly at the beginning of 2019, and 79 of those children participated in educational workshops in 2018.