Providing Educational opportunities to underprivileged children and women
in Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania.
It all started with an idea in the minds of founders Seif Sakate and Catherine Ryan- to build a kindergarten in Seif’s hometown of Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania.
However, with the support of the local Port Fairy community, this plan quickly changed and it was decided to build an entire primary school instead!
Women's Project Participants
Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania
[ translates to ‘River of Mosquitoes’ ]
You can find us in Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania. This small town is on the main tourist road from the regional city of Arusha to the famous Serengeti National Park and other game reserves.
Located at the bottom of the Rift Valley, this is a farming area due to the availability of irrigation water. It adjoins Lake Manyara National Park – in fact, animals from the park sometimes stray into the village.
Surrounding it are rangelands, largely occupied by Maasai tribespeople who, in addition to having numerous permanent settlements dotted around the plains, graze their herds and flocks nomadically, chasing the grass wherever it grows.
What you can do to help
sponsor a child
Give the gift of a brighter future and in a small way, make a big impact.
Make a Donation
Support the ongoing running costs of our project.
Support a project
Volunteer, help spread the word, or fundraise.
Give the gift of an Education
Our Educational Philosophy
Optimise teaching effectiveness and outomes
Class sizes are restricted to 20 per year level to maximise interaction, optimise teaching effectiveness and outcomes. This is in contrast to class sizes of over 100 students in local state schools.
Encourage reasoning, problem solving and inquiring minds
Our teaching style incorporates as many elements of Australian teaching methods as possible, while still following the Tanzanian curriculum.
We steer away from rote learning and encourage reasoning, problem solving and an inquiring mind. Our classrooms are bright and engaging.
Teach English language skills
English language is taught from Prep level, at the Bandari Project, in contrast to state schools where only Swahili is used in primary levels and then English in secondary schools (for those that make it). We believe that English language skills enhance future employment and business opportunities for our students.