Mti Mmoja- School Solar panels and upgrade program
The Ahlul Bayt College at Mti Mmoja ( a rural area in northern Tanzania) was established 18 years ago. The school has grown and now serves over 400 students. The school offers the local community the only opportunity for quality education- both Islamic and academic.
A week into our journey through Kenya and Tanzania, we travelled to a school that was near the border of the two countries. Upon reaching this school we were informed about the history and background behind the school. We were educated about the culture of MTI MMOJA, it was comprised of students of all ages who stemmed from a local tribe called the ‘Massai’ tribe. Those children were taught how to speak the Arabic language and also learned the teachings of Islam. The students ranged from kindergarten all the way to the 12th grade.
Where were met by one of the teachers by the name of Mohammed, who happened to be an alumna from the same school. He and his co-workers showed us around the facility and highlighted to us the needs that the school lacked.
We were escorted to the science labs in which they held chemistry, biology, physics and IT. The state of the vicinity was at a poor standard, it required an immediate refurbishment. The room facilitated for all the science disciplines, which is not expedient to maintain a healthy teaching environment. Thus projects were incited to improve the quality of this sector of the school such as, upgrading the laboratory equipment and also refurbishing the interiors of the room.
Further down the trek, the teachers showed us dormitories for both the teachers and the students who were in the 9th grade. These dorms were lodged for the teachers and students who happen to live far away from the school. Similar to the aforementioned laboratory, the state of the dormitories was at a poor living standard. There was congestion in each dorm and also a poor supply of electricity generated to each room. Also the feedback form the teachers was that the conditions in winter were terrible due to the lack of electrical supply to generate light and warmth. A complete refurbishment of the dormitories is a major priority in hope to improve their living standards.
Our organisation saw the issues with the dormitories and the low living standard and offered to install a commercial gas stove within close proximity of the living quarters as it will most definitely support their daily needs and also increase their living standards dramatically.
Also a major issue was electricity, and the lack of it. We noticed that the school and the community have taken a step in the right direction by installing solar panels, however there was not near enough panels to generate enough electricity to meet their power needs. Since they have taken initiative and installed a few solar panels, it was suggested by the group to add on to this assignment by increasing the solar panel count which should cater for all their power needs.
Manifestly, MTI MMOJA had a great sense of community and a great learning environment in which could help improve the education standards of the Massai people, whom will be the future of this blissful country. The school is in dire need in improving the quality of its education and living standards, and with the help of external funds they have the potential in reaching exceptional heights.
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