Nankanga Secondary School

Nankanga Secondary School

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Located in Nankanga, in the Rukwa region of Tanzania, Nankanga Secondary School is in VST Director Godfrey Hiari’s home village. The people there had heard of VST’s work in the Mbeya, Ruvuma, and Iringa regions and they decided that their four villages should work together to build their own secondary school for their children. Work on building the school has progressed nicely -- already we have six classrooms completed, along with two teacher houses and a huge multi-purpose building with offices, a science lab, a library and an assembly hall.

Across the country, the majority of our students are girls -- 54% actually of the 5513 students enrolled this year in our VST schools are female -- in large part due to the special scholarship fund we have for girls. At Nankanga, however, not even 1/3 of our nearly 100 students are girls, but we consider each and every one of them to be a victory. Our students and teachers continue to hold town meetings and to visit individual homes in the village of Nankanga and in the neighboring villages as we seek to change people's attitudes about girls going to school.

In 2011,our students were involved in a very successful water project, digging trenches and laying pipes to bring water more than 7 kilometers from a mountain stream all the way to our school. That water was sufficient to meet the needs of the school and of our teachers, as well as to provide enough water to enable our students to make more bricks to build more classrooms. A more extensive project involving funds from the World Bank has meant that we now have even more water and our students are now working to turn the 12 acres of land on which the school has been built into a "Garden of Eden" with fruit trees and flowers.