Transforming Lives Through Free Adult Education

In the tourist hub of Moshi in Tanzania, being able to speak English can be the difference between getting a job or not.

Being able to communicate in one of the world’s most widely spoken languages is key for success in Tanzania.

But, when 70% of children in Tanzania don’t make it to secondary school, how do you help these children succeed when they reach adulthood?

In 2014, African Impact began offering free English language classes to any adult who was eager and willing to learn.

The program started with 8 students, but now has an average of 50 students from all over Tanzania and Zanzibar attending classes each year.

Some students want to further their careers, some are young mothers, some are students who want to improve their grades, and some have never been to school.

 

Meet Melkior, Community Class Graduate

Volunteers support local teachers, like Melkior, and help to lead classes that teach different levels of English. In these daily classes, issues such as gender equality and conservation are also addressed through discussion.

But Melkior is not the only success story from our Adult Education Classes…

“I carry other peoples’ goods in a wheelbarrow at the market. Before I started class, I used to miss tenders because I could not read or write where they were going. If I asked the storekeepers to help me, they used to tell me to leave the warehouse and let more serious people do the job. Since I joined class, these challenges have started to disappear. Recently, I went to ask for a tender and the people at the warehouse asked if I had someone to write for me. I told them to give me the form because I’d do it myself. I was so proud to be able to do that.”
– Babu, student.

It’s been five years since we opened our doors to the community of Moshi and waited, eagerly, for our first students to arrive. And what a time it has been.

Each and every volunteer and team member from across the years has helped transform the lives of hundreds of adults in this special part of Africa, and should feel very proud. We certainly do.