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Beginning a Pre-Primary Education Program in Naitolia, Tanzania

Maria Yaani in front of the Naitolia Pre-Primary School with two of her young students

 

Forced by her parents to drop out of secondary school and marry young, Maria Yaani retained a strong belief in the power of formal education to help people better understand the world and overcome life’s challenges. Saddened that most Naitolia children were unable to read, write, or speak Swahili, Yaani requested approval from the village council to start a local pre-primary school. In 2007, under a shady tree, without desks or exercise books, Yaani voluntarily held Naitolia’s first pre-primary class. With community support, in 2016, TPP secured funds to build a pre-primary classroom in Naitolia. Yaani continues to teach pre-primary and now receives monthly compensation. TPP is happy to continue to collaborate with Yaani on education initiatives.

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