Joy School is the only English Medium Primary school in Lindi. It is a private school owned by Alice Kituku. Our sponsored children attended the school from pre-school. Primary education currently finishes after Grade 7. Currently 3 of the children, all girls, are boarding at St Mary’s International School, Tabata in Dar es Salaam. This enables the girls to study more effectively as they do not have to undertake household chores which are duties for the girl child in most homes in Tanzania.
As an ex-music teacher, Susan became involved by introducing music making in Joy School. A donation of a set of recorders enabled pupils to learn beginners tunes and they enjoyed performing at graduation day. One of the teachers, Teacher Daniel, has taken on the task of running the music club since we left in 2017.
Another production was Right to be Loved, used with the permission of Song Academy in the UK. This is a great song and the lyrics are so poignant given the absence of child rights in much of Tanzania. Our friend Phip Bornschlegl, a german paediatrician working in Lindi for GIZ, also happened to be a budding filmmaker. He combined his photographic skills with the musical skills of Susan and the children to produce the video below.
See our Facebook page Friends of Joy School for more information on our work with the school. The aim was to create a centre of excellence in the southern region of Tanzania.
Great strides forward have been taken by the school and teachers. We tried to move to a system of education by rewards rather than punishment. The Head Teacher Mr Said Nassoor has been making good progress to eliminate corporal punishment by teachers. This is the scourge of education and society in Tanzania.
Donations helped with buildings, loans for a school bus, laptops and provided hundreds of reading books and sports training and equipment. Training seminars for staff were also funded.
Joy School is now a thriving Pre and primary school in Lindi. The dream of Madam Alice has been realised although work still needs to be done to raise levels of teaching and to widen the curriculum.