Gongali Village School

Gongali Village School
children at the Gongali Village School, built by Primary Schools for Africa in Nov/Dec 2010

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


Construction Update - 12 November 2014

EDITH GVORA HIGH SCHOOL, Gongali Village – First Phase; 4 Classrooms, Administration Building, Toilet Building

PATRICIA ELIZABETH PRIMARY SCHOOL, Qameyu Village; 4 Classrooms, Administration Building

Hi All

Director Peter Daniels visited both sites from 21 – 28 October to inspect the halfway point of construction of both projects and provided the following information.

Our two current construction projects are well under way and the construction quality is excellent thanks to the skills of our builder, Mr Restus (Rusti) Ernest, a former teacher who decided his passion and abilities were more suited to construction. That is fortunate for us as we are now benefitting from his construction expertise as well as his knowledge of school needs.

Edith Gvora High School: Gongali Village

All buildings including the two 2-classroom buildings and the toilet building are approximately 70% complete, with wall plastering, ceiling construction and roofing underway. The administration building has offices for headmaster, vice head, and bursar, a staff room and storage and electrical rooms. The administration building will be the first point of access for the high school complex, when the new road access is completed.

Admin Building on left; 2 2-classroom buildings in centre,
toilet building on right
Administration building

The locals are also excited to be involved in the project; even good-spirited Mayor Peter Hayshi has spent many hours working on the concrete pours. The first teacher residence building, a village initiation project, is in the final stages. And local laborers are currently working on clearing the land for the new road.

roof framing in progress on the classroom buildings
concrete slab on roof of toilet building
will support  water tanks

loading roof trusses
ceiling framing

Local laborers are also filling in the large erosion gully between the buildings. Since machinery is being available, they are resorting to lots of manpower and simple hoes to hack away at and redistribute the hard-packed clay.     

filling in the erosion gully with hoes
wall plastering with cement

Patricia Elizabeth Primary School: Qameyu Village

Peter Daniels and project manager Mathew Sulle travelled the bone-rattling road to Qameyu Village west of Babati to witness good progress at this site as well. This phase of the project includes two 2-classroom buildings and an Administration building. Future phases will add the remaining 3 classrooms as well as the dining hall and library buildings.

Trenches have been dug, and reinforced concrete footings are being placed. Due to the upcoming rainy season and its effect on road conditions, Restus ensured all heavy materials were pre-delivered to the site. 
start of trench digging

finished trench

Mathew inspecting
trench footings

Peter and Mathew with District Education Officer (red)
and Councillors

Peter, Mathew with
Councillor Paul Margwe

And more good news; the local councilors advised additional land has been assigned to the school for future sports playing fields and teacher residences.

End of Update