Gongali Village School

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

Friday, 21 July 2017



Work is now well underway for the new VET Centre in Bashay village, near the town of Karatu. It will serve the northern region of Tanzania. Construction started in mid June with a scheduled completion on 10 October 2017.
The first phase of the development of the Centre includes an Administration Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Tailor/Sewing workshops, a computer classroom and library and a Cafeteria.

first course of concrete bricks on cured slab

Restus (L) with local Member
of Parliament Willie Qambala
foundation trenching

walls rising

walls at full height
forming lintel beam on top of walls

District Commissioner (centre woman) with village officials 
Our builder Restus Sanka was delayed a week or so when trying to find a grader contractor (very rare) to do the site levelling. And when he did, the work progressed quickly, and is now on schedule. 

Restus is excited!  He promised that it will be built with to a high level of quality as would be expected for a facility that houses training for the building trades where its example of superior construction practices can be useful for the students there. 

The community is excited too. There are regular visits by the District Commissioner, the village Mayor and the local Member of Parliament. They believe that this facility has been too long in the waiting to help solve the youth unemployment crisis in this northern region of Tanzania.

21 October 2017. That's the date of the Centre's official opening that will be attended by a number of us from Canada including two of our Directors, Don Gordon and Peter Daniel, as well as Africa Book Box Society's Anne Pearson and Ruth James. We look forward to what should be an amazing unprecedented celebration hosted by the District and village officials and community members.


Thanks to the generosity of Victoria's Africa Book Box Society, the "meal in a mug" food program is well underway at the school, with a lot of smiling pupils showing off their big shiny stainless steel mugs that provide a mid day meal of maize and nuts porridge.


Congratulations to Debora Christian, a student at Edith Gvora High School in Gongali Village, who has been selected to participate in the 2017 Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi. WiSci is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State, Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, and other private sector partners. WiSci is implemented by World Learning and Girl Up. 

Outstanding student Debora Christian
The selection process for this program was very competitive, with many highly qualified applicants. Due to her outstanding application and academic potential, it is believed that she will be an exceptional addition to a growing generation of female leaders in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) fields. 

Debora being congratulated by the District Commissioner

Project Funding Needed Now:

Tidivi Primary School - 2-Family Teacher Residence Building - $38,500
As of 8 March 2017, we have $19,000, but we need another $20,000, so please help us with your donations.

Please make out cheque to "PSFA Primary Schools For Africa Society", and send to:

Primary Schools For Africa Society
3301 Wordsworth Street, Victoria, BC, V8P 4B9

or with credit card, click on DONATION button on website www.PrimarySchoolsForAfrica.com

A tax receipt will be provided.

Asante sana sana (Thank you so much).

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