Empowering students of Tanzania
to learn, lead and thrive

How We Are Unique

Nianjema’s vision is to provide an educational experience grounded in Tanzanian culture and tradition that will graduate individuals ready to fully participate in the continued development of their country.

Equal Education for Girls

The Nianjema Schools are dedicated to providing equal educational opportunities for both genders in a region where education for girls is given low priority. All entering classes have an equal number of girls and boys. The school administrators and teachers work to create a productive climate for girls to succeed. Tanzania Education Fund, Combined Federal Campaign, and international sponsors offer scholarships to encourage girls to begin and complete their studies.

Expanded Educational Opportunities

Nianjema provides after school programs and athletics that enrich students’ education and provide a productive, safe place to be outside of school hours.

Nianjema also provides computers, a first class science laboratory and a large library with areas to read and study, all achieved with generous grants from TEF donors.

Participation in the Local Economic Life

Nianjema is committed to building a sustainable Tanzanian – run institution. All planning, building and purchasing are done within the context of the community using local labor, and in a way that is harmonious and beneficial for the local community.

For example, the first seven buildings were made by hand using local materials. The school furniture is handmade by local artisans.


As Nianjema grows, it does so in a way that creates a total community.

When teachers, delighted with the quality of their housing, began to bring their families to campus, Nianjema created a self – sustaining nursery for their children. Local children also benefit from the nursery school.

Nianjema is cooperating in the building of a full – service clinic, which will serve students, staff and the surrounding area.

Sustainable Building and Growth

Nianjema buildings are built by local labor with local materials. The buildings, created with the people who will use them in mind, are environmentally friendly and designed to minimize dependence on electricity.

Traditional techniques cool the buildings—thick walls made of clay brick and additional floor level open windows allow students and teachers benefit from the flow through of sea breezes. The finished buildings are colorful celebrations of the school and its country.

In those early start-up days, School Manager Charlie Sloan supervised construction of the first seven buildings and eventually oversaw the construction of additional 30 buildings. Bricks were made of sun-dried bricks from sand and water from a well on the premises.