Sawala Secondary School

Sawala Secondary School

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Sawala Secondary School was the second school built by Village Schools Tanzania. Parents in Sawala and the 5 surrounding villages were inspired by how quickly Madisi Secondary School had been built and decided that they wanted to have their own secondary school. It opened in October 2005 and has grown rapidly, providing today an education to nearly 600 students. Located high in the hills of the Mufindi district of the Iringa region, Sawala is built at a crossroads in an area famous throughout Tanzania for its paper mills and tea plantations.

Students at Sawala have worked together since 2005 to build an additional twelve classrooms, two science labs, and three houses for teachers, as well as to build a water system using a ram pump to move water from the bottom of the hill to a storage tank and then to gravity feed back down to the school and to the teacher houses. Their project this year is to install a generator to provide electricity for the campus and to work together to build a 5400 square foot administration building which will include a library and an assembly hall as well as offices for staff.

Graduates from Sawala have served through our system of schools, traveling to the Ruvuma, Rukwa and Mbeya regions to teach English, oversee the building of additional classrooms, and work with students on clean water projects.

Since 2005, twelve missionary teachers have made the village of Sawala their home and have served at this school. Sawala was one of the few VST schools which have ever been led by the female principal; Sophia Mkonokulima served from 2006 until her death in 2010. Sawala has been designated as one of the four schools in our system where VST would like to offer advanced-level studies, hopefully as early as 2014.

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Sawala Secondary School