HOME VISITS & INFO
Going on home visits, listen to problems and provide information, might seem a small effort but it makes a world of difference. Our health and feeding program depend on a good outreach program.
Micro-finance gives people the opportunity to set up their own business. We guide them, make a suitable refund plan to get self sustainable.
A Helping Hand Reaching Further than the Pupil
iThemba is aware of the many factors that contribute to poor academic performance: poverty, lack of involvement of the parents or caregivers, poor cooperation with the local authorities, little involvement in the children’s learning progress or poor health and malnutrition.
Improving the well-being of our pupils cannot be done in isolation. It needs to involve the local community and other stakeholders. That is why iThemba created an outreach program. We need to develop ways that will engage other stakeholders to improve the learning environment, which in turn will enable the children more opportunities to advance their learning process.
We are reaching out to parents, village leaders, religious leaders and teachers, the city education and health officials and even other NGO’s. Working together we can make a big difference. These stakeholders will be reached via home visits, training sessions, school tours and group meetings such as teacher-parent conferences.
The outreach program consists of two pillars. On the one hand, we focus on home visits to parents of children with particular needs such as children with malnutrition, health problems or special education needs. We listen and give information so that the learning process of the pupil can improve. On the other hand, iThemba created individual sponsorships and livelihood grants. The sponsorships aim to provide food at school, uniforms, or other needs such as sports equipment. It can also aim to secure the future education for one of our brightest pupils. A lot of families can’t afford the fees of secondary school and we would like to ensure that their education doesn’t end when they leave Baraa Primary School. The livelihood grants are loans for the family of a Baraa pupil who wants to set up a small business in order to increase the income of the family.
Child Protection Policy
Government schools in Tanzania do not have a Child Protection Policy.
We are looking for $6000 to fund the implementation of the Baraa school’s CPP through the training of teachers, students and caregivers and the funding for the social workers and other officials we work with to implement our policy.