Baraa Primary School (BPS) is a government school that has a consistent enrolment of approximately 1700 students. The school services students from age four through fifteen in pre-school (Awali) through Standard Seven. In 2010 BPS students in Standard Seven ranked There are 194 schooldays per year. Each day a pupil should receive between three and four hours of school learning per day (that is, eight lesson periods of 40 minutes each for Standards Three to Seven and 30 minutes each for Standards One and Two).
The Tanzanian primary school curriculum is very rigid and all-encompassing and the main method of teaching is ‘Talk and Chalk’. Most teachers are open to different methods of teaching but the curriculum is a constraint to what can be done. You will work with students in standard 1, 5-6 years old) to Standard 7 (13 years old). The Baraa Primary School run book clubs, storytelling and art classes with the younger children. You are free to take initiative in finding easy Arts and Crafts projects. Besides teaching the children Arts and Crafts lessons the school buildings itself need some extra paint as well. Are you good with a pencil and a paintbrush? You’re welcome to make some informative drawings at the school buildings.
There is also a sports programme. Every Friday afternoon is committed to sports. You can organize a nice sport lesson together with other volunteers or teachers. The children are excited for any kind of sport game but especially football, basketball, cricket.
Another activity at the school is remedial reading. You’ll be reading with the student’s English books and try to improve their pronunciation, grammar, understanding of words and motivation in reading books.
- Volunteers can stay for a minimum of one month up to one year, depending on the skills.
- Proactive thinking and self- initiative expected
- Mastery of English language
- Adaptability, independent working
- No smoking and drinking when at the project
- It is important to cover knees and shoulders at school at all times.
- Male: t-shirt and long trousers (no jeans) is recommended.
- Female: t-shirt (no low-neck line or singlets) and trousers, skirts or dresses that cover the knees (no high splits in the skirt or dress that would reveal the knees or upper leg)