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One Caring Family Makes For Eight Happy Students

Seven of the eight students with their school supplies at Ninajema's Marjorie Wolf Kuhn Primary School who are supported by Jim and Liz Newton of Toronto, Ontario.

Jim and Liz Newton discovered Nianjema Schools in a roundabout way. When Jim’s sabbatical came up six years ago, he and Liz, Abby(12) and David (10) headed for Africa for three months of sightseeing, hiking and volunteering.
The family volunteered in a Bagamoyo pre-school and loved working with the kids, especially Alex and Sada who were very bright. Unfortunately, they didn’t have much of an educational future beyond pre-school.
“Our question," Jim says, “Was what can we do with limited resources? We decided that education is the key giving them the opportunity to do better.” The local teacher put the Newtons in touch with Charles Sloan, the Nianjema Schools manager.
The story is a happy one. Alex and Sada have just finished Grade 5 at 1st and 3rd in the class respectively and the Newtons now sponsor eight students in all, adding two each year. When asked what they would say to those considering supporting a child, Liz replies with a smile, “Just do it! What do you have to lose?”

Scholarships like those provided by the Newtons offer a future to deserving children. 

Boarding Gives Students
A Place to Study and Grow

Living in dorms makes a real difference for students planning to study beyond secondary school. It offers a quiet and predictable place to study, receive help, and join in peer study groups. They are ensured of electricity, running water and regular meals.

Girls in particular benefit from boarding. Living in the dormitory compound provides an environment of higher achievement expectations, relief from time intensive home duties and a safe environment.

Boarding is possible for many students only if they are sponsored. For $700 a year, a student has access to a brighter future. To help go to Support a TEF Scholar.

Meet Six TEF Scholars
Who Would Love to Board

Pictured are TEF Scholars Tamelela, Rose, Mariam, Jeniphe, Regina and Jane.

Nianjema’s TEF Scholars come from a variety of cultural and geographic areas and homes to benefit from the school's outstanding educational opportunities. They aspire to future careers ranging from teaching to medicine and accounting.

Here are the stories of some of our Scholars who would love to have the opportunities that boarding offers:

Tamelela is from the Barbeig tribe near Arusha, Tanzania and would like to become a doctor. In her third year as a TEF Scholar, Tamelela has all As and Bs. After school she must work on the family farm plot.

Rose dreams of becoming a dentist. With all As and Bs, Rose loves to read, play basketball and eat chicken with chips and pineapple. She lives in Bagamoyo with her mother and sister. 

Mariam,15, lives with her mother, father and two brothers. She cleans the house every day after school, leaving little time to study and do better in classes. She likes to dance, sing, watch movies and play basketball. Her wish is to become a doctor.

Jenipher is a B student and wishes to be sponsored as a boarding student so she can put more effort into her studies. Jenipher would like to be a teacher. She loves to read books, draw and play sports.

Regina lives with her aunt, uncle and 10 cousins. She has many chores after school and sleeps with four cousins on a small bed. She would like to become a doctor. Her favorite study time is when she can study while eating an apple!

Jane, 16, is a practicing Lutheran. Her father is a farmer and he expects her to work on the farm during her free time. In their small house, she sleeps with her sister in one small bed. Jane would like to become an accountant.

A Note on Coronavirus
Many of you have asked about the impact of the Coronavirus on Nianjema Schools. The school is currently closed until April 20th, when the national school shutdown will be reviewed.

The students are all at home. The lack of computers in most homes means that teachers are unable to continue lessons. Luckily for students' education, the shutdown time period includes the normal two-week spring break.

The teachers and staff remain in the Nianjema Schools compound, in their homes and practicing the safety measures we know so well by now. 

Before the students left, Dr. Mastidia Rutaihawa initiated educational activities on behalf of the Modern Medics Clinic, working with teachers and students about how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Thank you for your concern. We will provide updates as we have them.

Check Out Our
New Website 

New photos, new information and current news! To view updates and changes plus a new map of the school complex, go to 

Many thanks to Design for People for redesigning the TEF website and to LowCus, LLC for web expertise and hosting.

Nianjema Students Excel In Exams
Congratulations to Nianjema Schools’ Form II students (10th grade) who ranked second highest in the Tanzania Coast region in the most recent national exam. Form IV (12th grade) also did well.
The good results reflect Nianjema’s intensive and inclusive approach to education which includes emphasis on English proficiency, STEM subjects, the arts and extracurricular and community service activities.
“Much of the change is driven by our TEF Scholars Program,” says School Manager Charlie Sloan. “They are selected on the basis of need and their promise and their performance drives their fellow students.”
Volunteer and Partner with Nianjema Schools

Volunteers onsite in Tanzania are invaluable. Volunteers are needed to teach English, primary levels, computers, arts and sports.

School, organizational and congregational partnerships allow you to be actively involved in Nianjema's future and influence the lives of Nianjema students and staff. Organizations have supplied lab equipment, school books and supplies, scholarships and exchanges.

Do you want to volunteer at Nianjema?  Does your school or congregation want to explore a partnership with Nianjema Schools? To volunteer, partner and for more information click here or contact School Manager Charlie Sloan. 
You Can Support Nianjema Students
Help a student get a good education and/or support them to board at school. 

$700 provides a year’s scholarship. The same amount allows a student to board and benefit from all that Nianjema Schools have to offer.
Donations of any amount benefit students. Education is the Key.
Your Donations
Make a Difference

Three ways to donate:
1. Donate directly through Paypal on our donations page.
2. Send a check to:
Tanzania Education Fund
      223 Walnut Lane NW
      Vienna, VA  22180
3. Chose TEF (CFC # 73512) through the Combined Federal Campaign. 

For more information about Nianjema Schools or to discuss giving, contact Daphne Sloan, TEF Executive Director

Tanzania Education Fund
223 Walnut Lane NW
Vienna, VA  22180

Or go to:

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