iThemba is a Belgian charity organisation aiming to improve the education, health and future of the pupils of Baraa Primary School.
Every child has the right to receive proper and good education. This will give them a chance in life to build a secure and better future.
We are continually trying to improve our school. If you want to know our plans and how you can contribute to them, check out our future projects.
President of iThemba
“Helping Baraa Primary School is a Challenge but also a Blessing”
I consider myself very lucky in life. Growing up in Belgium, I never had to worry about food, education or general good health.
Not everyone is that blessed in life so in 2006 together with a few close friends we created the iThemba Foundation. Via our partner Onsea House in Arusha we were put in contact with Baraa Primary School. I will never forget my first visit to Baraa: no proper classrooms, a horrific smell from the few latrines, children in standard six who, according to their size, would be in Kindergarten in Europe. Pupils in government schools often come from very impoverished families affected by poor health and malnutrition. In iThemba’s opinion the pupils of Baraa were not getting the opportunity of a good education to create a better future.
Our cooperation with Baraa started in 2009 and we can honestly say that the school now has all the necessary facilities to make a difference. Good classrooms, decent latrines, proper school benches and a big vegetable garden.
However, the biggest challenges are yet to come. We are aiming to improve the overall education and create a good foundation to give our pupils the chance for a better future. The level of education at Baraa Primary School has improved over the last couple of years, but we still have a long way. Compared to other government schools in Arusha our annual school results are up but they don’t yet reach the level of the private schools. Therefore we have as of July 2013 volunteers teaching permanently at Baraa. With these long term investments, our short term volunteering program and our cooperation with Belgian Schools and Universities, we believe we can make a difference. The logo of iThemba is a tree just like the one at Baraa Primary School. In order for it to flourish we will have to provide nourishment. What water is to a tree, education is to poverty.
Miguel Van Hoof
Head Teacher of Baraa
I feel honoured to have been appointed as Head Teacher of Baraa Primary School in October 2017 after working as a teacher for the past 28 years.
Baraa Primary School is one among of the best government school I have worked in despite the large number of students. However, this would not possible without the support of the iThemba Foundation.
I am eager to improve the school further in cooperation with the iThemba Foundation to make the school a role model for academic and non academic matters by improving results. To achieve this communication and cooperation between the school, its supporters and the community will contribute to an excellent working and learning environment.
Further, I believe the sharing of information, team spirit and good listening are other factors which will enable the school to become a role model in the district region and throughout Tanzania. I am also happy to take on advice/feedback given.
For the period I have worked with the iThemba foundation I have realised they are supportive and want to improve education in Tanzania. This is a unique chance worth appreciation despite the challenges met sometimes.
Mr Ozwin Mosha