News from TZ – graduation

As ASC helps to support a secondary student’s education (Auzelia, photo below), you might be interested in reading a report from one of its former students (now attending university in engineering) about a visit to the school during its graduation ceremony.

Auzelia


The big issue is that: we had a very wonderful day on 28-29 at Farkwa!! It was really nice.  I called up my team ( THE FFKF X-STUDENTS) to go there as normal. Then we contributed for some of them who were so far and had no money for their  transfer. The event on 28/10 was graduation for Form Four. […]

We were greatly welcomed by the Headmaster and the whole school. They gave us a chance to talk to the mass, we introduced ourselves and everyone of us had something to speak to the students on the mass of graduation. Then we had our main speaker who represented the whole aim of why we went there, he was Hamisi S. Salum. The speech seems to impress all the parents who were there, Form Five students too, and the whole students were happy of the speech (the speech have been kept in our records as a memory, I’ll ask Stella to send to you if u will need to see it!). He finally talk about our plans and strategies which seems to touch some of the government leaders, who encouraged us to press on because of how we change students thinking and attitudes…….

Many of Form Five students came to us and appreciated the school, because they thought the school had never produced university students, they felt encouraged to keep on, they said. This  was when me and Hamisi said where we are, studying bachelor in engineering and Samweli with Andrew are joining university this November. Also they were so happy to see Hawa as a x-student girl who went to encourage them. After all things were done we had some pictures with some students including Form Five students. Then we had a small meeting with Mr. Patric, he extremely appreciated and he gave us some advice to make our community as an organization known by government. Then we stayed until the next day to talk to Form Four who have the national exam on 2/11 (today) and Form Three who are still coming to their last year.

After there we returned to our places….! I have attached some pics you can have a little view. A little rain is falling here in Dar es Salaam  and some coastal area, but also the environment is a bit hot. But in Dodoma is so dry, sun is shining everyday!. I’ll be getting back to college on 9/11 for the other semester

Wishing you a nice day, kindly receive regards from my fellows.

Regards : Erasto

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Background on FFKF

ASC has been supporting students at Farkwa Secondary School since 2007 when the Tanzanian Field School first visited it.  As of 2012, ASC has provided a portion of a student’s boarding fee through Fostering Futures for Kids in Farkwa (FFKF).  The article, Fostering African Futures, from Gippsland Magazine, Winter Edition 2015, provides the background to FFKF’s origin.  It describes how friends and family of Rosie Broughton came together to support Farkwa students.  Rosie married into a Farkwa family and after living in the village became aware of the challenges faced by those seeking a secondary education.  Through FFKF, students are sponsored with a day or boarding scholarship.  The majority of sponsors are Australian (living in Gippsland).

Visit ffkf.org for more information.

Update from Farkwa Secondary School

As has been mentioned, ASC has raised funds to support Farkwa Secondary School since 2007.  Last year FFKF (an NGO) made ASC aware that one of the students needed assistance with boarding costs.  Here’s the mid-year report regarding the student:

Can you please pass on this report to the Anthropology Students club.  If you recall from last year, they have come to the rescue of Auzelia who needed extra assistance to pay for boarding costs.

Results for Auzelia:    Academic Progress –  satisfactory.     Attendance – excellent.

It is very hard for the secondary students as the medium of instruction is English language; and while they do learn English at primary school, they know very little when they start secondary school. In fact, English is their third language, after their tribal language and then the national language of Swahili. It can be a real struggle for them in the first year or two of secondary school.

Few students are given more than a satisfactory or good for progress. So at this stage I think Auzelia is doing OK.

As well, here are some photos illustrating the contributions made in supporting the students and the school.

Plot and "green house" for vegetable seedlings.

Plot and “green house” for vegetable seedlings.

School garden (2)

School garden to provide better nutrition for lunches.

 

School library

School library showing many of the books provided by FFKF, which ASC has helped to support with its fundraising.