identifying the problem
Educational deficiencies of the Maasai Tribe
Tanzania is a country in eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region and the home of 120tribes.
The Maasai tribe is a popular African clan with a long-preserved historic culture and despite several Western cultural influences, the tribe has adhered to its traditional lifestyle establishing itself as a proud symbol of African heritage.
However, due to the modernization of urban Africa the children of the tribehave now reached a "crossroads" in terms of their educational and cultural development.
While Tanzania prides itself on the tribe’s historical customs, urban legislation in cities cannot offer them equal access to education as they do so for children raised in the urban cities thus creating an educational gap between them.
These children usually have to walk many kilometres through dangerous wildlife areas to reach the available schools and the majority of them have no access to books, educators or electricity.
The surest way to end the social, economic and political marginalization of the tribe is to create educational opportunities for their upcoming generations.
finding the solution:
Our School and its impact
The construction of a fully functional school has already started at Makuyuni village, a rural organized Maasai community outside the city of Arusha.The first classroom is complete and already accommodates for the educational needs of 60 Maasai children.
Once the construction of the 3rd and final classroom is complete the school will be able to educate all of the children of the local Maasai community.
A football field will also be fitted so the children can interact and play. Football allows children to foster a spirit of cooperation, develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility and supports the children’s social and emotional development.
Furthermorewe have made the appropriate studies and solar panels will be installed so our facilities can have electricity and lighting and thus be able to accommodate the educational needs of the children who can only attend school in the afternoon because they have to work in their family fields and with cattle in the morning.
The establishment of a fully functional school within the Maasai territory has the power to bring about enormous changes and benefit the whole community by broadening the perception of the upcoming Maasai generations. The youths can then enter urban cities and work for the benefit of their own tribal community. They will be able to read contracts, explore land rights, take up business and work in the tourism sector to support their families and their community's economic development.