Empowering students of Tanzania
to learn, lead and thrive


1999 - 2004

Purchased 15 acres of land designated for a school by the Bagamayo Tanzania Council. Built 7 buildings without the use of electricity and by making the sun-dried bricks from sand and well-water on the premises. In 2001, opened school with 90 students and 7 teachers, enrolled a second class of 129 students and 9 teachers, and expanded the next year with 174 students. The first national tests results placed Nianjema in the top 20% of all schools in Tanzania. In 2004, 45 students graduated in December.

2005 - 2009

High school classes began in April for 45 students for the two-year program. The first USAID grant supported the building of 5 faculty/staff houses on a 15 acre plot near the school. The school continued to grow and a USAID grant was awarded to build two dormitories for the girls. In 2007, Nianjema celebrated the graduation of the first 12 high school students. The Form 4 students scored in the top 5% in the country. A boys' dormitory started construction under a USAID grant. Nianjema nursery school was founded for children of Nianjema teachers and local children.

2010 - 2014

Mr. Anthony Nyenshile, a former history teacher at Nianjema, became the Headmaster of Nianjema Schools. New buildings constructed were a new library, 2 classroom buildings, a high school science lab, and 4 dormitories. There were over 400 students. 50 volunteers worked at the school.

2015 - Present

Tanzania Education Fund and Nianjema initiated TEF Scholars, a new program to attract girls to Nianjema and to convince them to continue their education. An annual English language immersion class was created to recruit outstanding girls in the Bagamoyo area and expanded to Nianjema students. TEF Scholars perform at the top of their classes. Enrollment reached a total of 500 students at Nianjema Schools. Groundbreaking for Modern Medics Clinic which will open its doors to students, faculty and the surrounding community in 2020.