Mtazamo Secondary School

Mtazamo Secondary School

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Located in the village of Ulolela, in the Ruvuma region of Tanzania, Mtazamo Secondary School was started because a Catholic priest heard about VST's work in other villages of the region and wanted to get a school built in his home village. He spoke to the leaders of the village, they invited us to come hold a town meeting, and work began soon after on building the school. People worked hard to haul foundation stones, make bricks and carry sand and water, and as we do everywhere else, we provided the metal roofing and the cement and other construction supplies to turn their hard work into classrooms.

Mtazamo Secondary School is one of the few VST schools built by a female building supervisor. She has succeeded wonderfully in coordinating the six villages working together to build this school in a particularly isolated area where transportation is quite difficult. We have only occasionally been able to send one of our dump trucks to help them, but both our students and their parents have simply worked all the harder in order to ensure that the buildings would get built.

They now have more than 200 students at Mtazamo and are preparing for a huge influx of new students this coming September. We have tried each year to send a missionary teacher to live in this village and to help with teaching our Intensive English to the new students who are just coming from the primary school. We hope to do so again this year.