Sponsor A Pupil

Whilst secondary school fees in Tanzania are now paid by the government, there are many other insurmountable costs that have to be met by individual pupils. Further education has to be paid for in full, along with all other associated costs. Because of the remoteness and poverty of the Meserani District, young people in this area are not able to go to secondary school, further education or higher education. The Meserani Project is sponsoring pupils from the Meserani District to attend a secondary school for their full four years of secondary education, and also sponsoring pupils who achieve a place at high school, college or university. There are three options for potential sponsors:

1. You can sponsor a pupil to attend Moita Secondary Boys Boarding School, or Kipok Secondary Girls Boarding School. If you sponsor a pupil to attend one of these schools, not only will you be providing them with their four years of secondary education, but you will also be providing them with accommodation, food, books, paper, writing equipment, a mathematical set, a dictionary, full school uniform and footwear every two years, sports kit, casual clothes, a metal security box, a mattress, blanket & bedsheets, a mosquito net, a towel, gardening & cleaning tools and sanitary protection (Kipok School). Part of your sponsorship money is also used to buy vital equipment and resources for the school that they attend.

  • The cost to fund a pupil through their secondary education is £160.00 a year (£640 for the full four years) – equating to £3.07 for each week of the year – a pint of beer or bottle of wine each week!

2. You can sponsor a student to study A’ Levels for two years at a high school (these are pupils who have achieved the necessary pass marks in their final examinations at secondary school). High schools are residential, so you will be providing them with the same resources as those being sponsored through boarding school. Students at high school also require substantial extra resources such as expensive text books, transport and specialist equipment.

  • The cost to fund a student through two years of further education is £320 a year (£640 for the full two years) – equating to £6.14 for each week of the year – two pints of beer or a decent bottle of wine each week!

3. You can sponsor a student to study a Degree or Diploma Course at University for three years (these are pupils who have achieved the necessary pass marks in their A’ Level examinations). Universities are residential, so you will be providing them with the same resources as those being sponsored through boarding school. Students at university also require substantial extra resources such as expensive text books, transport and specialist equipment.

  • The cost to fund a student through three years at university is £320 a year (£960 for the full three years) – equating to £6.14 for each week of the year – two pints of beer or a decent bottle of wine each week!

Selecting Pupils: The pupils who are selected to be sponsored are originally identified by a committee of people who work voluntarily on our behalf in Tanzania, (teachers, village elders and community leaders.). The criteria is that the personal circumstances of the pupils are such that they simply would not be able to afford to go to secondary school, further or higher education, and would be left with no future once they had finished primary or secondary school – many of the pupils selected have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS or malaria. The pupils identified by the committee must be good attenders, be personally motivated, and have achieved the necessary pass marks in their final year at primary school, secondary school or A’ Level studies. Once a number of pupils have been identified by the committee, we will make a final decision on who should be sponsored dependent on the number of sponsors that we have. The secondary school year begins in January, A’ Level studies begin in July, and university courses begin in October.

If you do wish to go ahead and sponsor a pupil through their four years at secondary school, through their two years of further education or three years at university, please let us know. There are currently 172 young people being sponsored, all by individual people, families or social groups who have become aware of the project and what it does. The young people who are being sponsored love to know everything about their sponsors, so we do ask sponsors to provide us with photos and letters about themselves, which we take over with us when we go to Tanzania. We visit Meserani at least twice each year to monitor the progress and attendance of everyone, and we bring you back a copy of their school reports when available. We keep in touch with teachers throughout the year, and we also have a contact in Meserani who acts as a link between us, teachers, and everyone being sponsored.

Anyway, a bit long-winded, but at least you have the full picture. If there is anything further that you wish to know please do not hesitate to contact us at: meserani@hotmail.co.uk