Frequently Asked Questions
Do Nianjema students have access to a good library?
The library, one of the first buildings at Nianjema, provides a place for students to study and work together. More important, for many students it is the first time they have access to a variety of books. To accommodate the growing collection and student population, and increased usage by students and teachers, Nianjema built a new and larger library. With more than 15,000 books, the school offers more than 100 times more books than any other school in Tanzania. The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation - Nigeria presented 4,000 books to the school in 2015. TEF supporters continue to donate books, which ship from United States annually.
In what language are the classes taught?
All secondary and high schools are taught in English, while the Nianjema primary school is an English-medium school teaching in Kiswahili and English.
What about AIDS and HIV?
Nianjema students do attend classes on how to prevent AIDS, HIV and other diseases and conditions such as TB and diabetes. It is a goal of Nianjema Schools and the Tanzania Education Fund to bring a major medical clinic to serve the school and the surrounding neighborhood. Dr. Mastidia Rutaihwa, MD and an administrator at the local hospital, will direct the clinic. Rutaihwa is the wife of Charlie Sloan, one of the school founders.
Are there girls in the school?
Yes, half of the entering class are girls.
Do students pay a tuition?
The non-boarding secondary day students pay $650 and the boarding secondary day students pay $1300.
What kind of transportation do they have to get to school?
In 2016, a special school bus was purchased to pick up the students who live far away from the school. The brightly signed bus is also an advertisement in the community. Most of the students walk to school, but a few have bicycles.
What percent of eligible students in Tanzania attend secondary school?
As there are so few government-sponsored secondary schools, only 20% of children can attend.
Does the government support the school financially?
There is no financial support from the Tanzanian Government. The US government supports Nianjema through USAID grants for buildings and infrastructure.
- The dormitories and library need solar panels. Solar panels so far have provided the school with lights and a guaranteed water source. When the electricity often goes out, the students must walk off of the campus to find water in a public well. The students need lights at night to study, especially during the national examinations.
- The new medical clinic is built and standing, with a bright red roof. The inside walls and furnishings (tables, chairs, toilets, sinks, etc.) are yet to be completed. Additional funding is needed to stock the pharmacy and purchase laboratory and diagnostic machines. Drug supplies are a critical need: Students often need to be treated for malaria, which is the number one killer in East Africa.
- Scholarships for our students who are in need.
- Scholarships for the teachers' students, who want to attend, or continue attending, Nianjema Schools.
Is there an endowment fund?
We welcome discussions about named gifts, including endowing programs or scholarships at Nianjema. Large gifts can also be directed toward building a medical clinic for the school and community and to adequately equip the science laboratories and continued support for building the library.