EducationNg'aroni Primary School
Moving Mountains is working in partnership with Ng'aroni School and the local community to improve educational facilities and infrastructure for this rural school, located on the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The school previously shared facilities with Mbahe Primary School nearby, meaning classrooms were very crowded and Ng'aroni teachers and pupils lacked their own school buildings and equipment. Children also had a long distance to travel to school and in challenging weather it was dangerous.
We began working with Ng'aroni on a community project over the summer of 2014 when we constructed a new classroom with support from an Africamp group from Writhlington School, Bath. The summer of 2015 & 2016 saw construction of an additional classroom and a toilet block plus we supplied desks and benches for both classrooms, all of which was only possible thanks to fundraising by Leeds RAG and Wolverhampton Rotary plus students from Leeds University who came out and helped with the build.
The work continued in 2017, thanks to funding provided by Round Square and a large team of students from Round Square schools across the world who travelled to Tanzania to work with the local community and our Moving Mountains work team on the construction of a new classroom complete with desks, chairs and teachers equipment and a kitchen with an eco-stove installed.
Video: A big thank you from the local community and staff and pupils at Ng'aroni Primary School
This is a benchmark in the legacy that we hope to complete in the coming years when we build more classrooms, staff room / office block and a library and teachers homes on the site of the school. Thank you to everyone who has helped to date from Writhlington School, Wolverhampton Rotary, Leeds University, Leeds RAG, Round Square, Mike Boyce, Alison Blofeld, Joe Kennedy from Causeway Media Solutions and all the students and pupils who've worked hard to raise money and rolled up their sleeves to give a better and life changing level of education in Ng'aroni.
The continued development will allow Ng'aroni to expand and improve their own school and facilities on their community land whilst simultaneously reducing classroom numbers at Mbahe Primary School, thereby improving quality of education for both primary schools in the area.
2014 – Moving Mountains started working in the school in the summer of 2014 after many months of building ties with the local community, project identification visits by our experienced Kenyan staff and meetings and joint planning sessions with the school management committees of Mbahe and Ng'aroni and with the local community.
2015 - Construction of the second classroom at Ng'aroni Primary school completed, links strengthened with the local community and meetings to determine continued direction of the project. Next stages are to build desks and benches for prospective students, and to install toilets on site, followed by continuing construction of classrooms.
2016 - Desk sets designed, built and delivered to Ng'aroni Primary and the first set of toilets built.
2017 - In 2017 we celebrated the official opening of the Ng'aroni Primary School! Moving Mountains has been working in partnership with Ng'aroni Primary School and the local community to improve educational facilities and infrastructure for this rural school, located on the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro since 2014 and the opening is thanks to the hand work of the local community and previous volunteers over the last 3 years.
2017 - Another classroom and kitchen complete with eco-stove were added at the school
Writhlington Secondary School, UK
Africamp volunteer groups (Adventure Alternative)
Wolverhampton Rotary Club (Mike Boyce)
Leeds University RAG
Africamp - school and group trips to Tanzania allowing volunteers the chance to participate in building projects whilst participating in social activity camps with young Tanzanians. This is often combined with a safari to somewhere like Manyara, Ngorongoro or Serengeti and also an adventure challenge such as climbing Mount Meru or Mount Kilimanjaro.
Charity Volunteering Trips - small groups of interested people can offer to come out and do refursbishments on the school or help run a school camp, provided it fits in with the school needs. Contact us for further information and to discuss options.
Future projects at Ng'aroni will involve construction of more classrooms, toilets, wash facilities and banda accommodation for teachers. Projects are implemented by our Moving Mountains Trust Work Team alongside locally employed Tanzanian labourers, community members and volunteers, all under the oversight of MMKenya Projects Manager Francis Kioni and part of a wider joint strategy for sustainable community development.
We hope to develop further projects at Ng'aroni in the summer of 2017 through our partnership with Leeds University RAG and Round Square, and in 2018 with Lomond School in Helensburgh, Scotland and King Edwards School in Bath.