In 2014 African Initiative and CASEC agreed to work with Karatu, Mbulu and Kilolo district councils to improve the quality of education in 45 rural based schools. The schools included 15 secondary and 30 primary schools. The programme included the establishment of school health clubs, teacher’s training and support to Quality Assurance Department at zonal and district level. The work went well and made remarkable achievements. However one of the main challenges was the school infrustructures.In most old schools the classrooms, toilets and teacher’s houses were in a bad state.

School buildings at Laja Primary School

Laja Primary School was built by the Laja community. However whilst the equal rights to quality education project was in progress it was evident that one block with two classrooms and a staff room was almost collapsing. One classroom the walls had fallen, one side of the building the old rusty roof was almost falling down. The windows had no frames as well as tops, and there were no cement floors. The floor was just dust, and one could not differentiate the doors and windows. Therefore pupils also used the windows as doors. The fourth class in this block had collapsed while the other blocks which had three classrooms, which was seen as the best block, the walls had cracks big enough to allow snakes to go through. Therefore at Laja it was normal for children when cleaning the classes to find snakes hiding in the class rooms.