Brief description of the project
What is the purpose of the project?
To empower youth who are in school to master science subjects and those out of school to gain expertise in agriculture with the aim of making them self sufficient and reliable members of society.
What will the project achieve, i.e., what are the immediate expected results of the Project What changes are directly attributable to the project activities?
- Increased performance in science subjects in schools
- Increased expertise in agriculture to youth outside school
- Decreased number of unemployed youth
- Improved standards of living as youth in the society become more self sufficient
- Increased skills in the areas of science and technology as well as agriculture
- Increased interest in science subjects among students
- Increased interest in youth engaging in agriculture as a result of successful agricultural business
Over what period of time will the project be implemented?
This is a pilot project for approximately three years as we complete the construction on a modern centre. The pilot will commence early November 2013 to October 2016 however this is a long term project aiming at educating the society in Mtwara region.
What are the main activities of the project (in point form only)? Actions to be undertaken to gain outputs?
- Hold classroom lessons to broaden students ‘knowledge in science studies
- Hold Class room lessons to broaden students’ knowledge of agriculture
- Conduct science practical lessons
- Training students with knowledge in Information and Technology
Actions to be under taken to gain outputs
- Secure a place that can be used to conduct training
- Purchase computers
- Purchase necessary teaching materials
- Employ experienced teachers
- Raise Funds to run the project
Currently there are no major risks contemplated except that the challenge could be incooperationfrom the local community and reception of the project due to the fact that the level of education and awareness towards science and technology in Mtwara is relatively low. To tackle the challenge we have included several awareness and sensitization meetings usingtop down approachwith the local government authorities , school administrators and parents, none the less we shall have branding materials that will make the society easily aware of the project so that the project can be accepted by the community.
Describe other features of the project which you consider important.
- The project’s objectives have a strong linkage to Tanzania’s vision of Kilimo Kwanza (directly translated- Agriculture first). 80% of Tanzanians depend on agriculture for livelihood and it is the Government’s priority to see all involved in the sector gain the appropriate knowledge and skill set. This project will be supporting the Government’s vision
- This project will impart necessary skills required in the growing oil&gas sector. Gas to the tune of 41 trillion cubic feet has been discovered in and around Mtwara region. The community in Mtwara needs to get ready to offer much needed services and expertise in the sector. This project intends to increase interest of students towards science subjects so that they can eventually get employment from the sector and empower those outside school to offer services to the sector.
Describe any possible environmental impacts or benefits the project might have.
Environmental benefits of the project include:
Recycling: The project intends to impart knowledge and skills to small holder farmers in engaging in farming of short term high yield crops such as vegetables and lentils that will be highly demanded by companies involved in the growing oil and gas sector in the region. Readily available fertilizer will be needed to ensure the land is fertile. The project intends to encourage farmers to engage in livestock keeping in order to diversify their risks, and at the same time get fertilizers from keeping cattle, chicken or pigs.
Trees planting: Project intends to teach best practices in farming which also includes encouraging farmers to engage in tree planting to ensure constant supply of rain.
Alternate crops: To ensure the land remains fertile, the project will encourage farmers to alternate crops after harvesting and have period’s of refertilising.
The project has ample land to use on the agriculture practical’s and also two classrooms that are readily available for the pilot plan to start this November 2013. The classrooms are now under
Renovation to meet our requirements.
Origin and Context
Describe the region and community where the project will be implemented and the reason motivating the request for assistance.
Mtwara is among the regions of Tanzania mainland. It is located at the southernmost part of Tanzania. It borders LINDI region to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east and separated by the Ruvuma River from Mozambique in the south. To the west it borders Ruvuma region. MTWARA’s social and economic situation is deteriorated and unsustainable especially in the rural areas. School enrolment rates are low, food production is very low, there is high level of unemployment, to mention a among many problems facing the people of Mtwara. Due to these problems there is a mass migration of youth from rural into already crowded urban centres.
- Looking onto the statistics from 2009 to date of the form four results, these have been worsening with 60 per cent declared failure for the year 2012 alone (NECTA 2012).
- Nkwamira Sustainable Life Trust believes in education as a crucial tool for bringing development through empowering individuals with relevant skills for utilizing of socio economic resources available and creation of more opportunities for sustainable development for generations to come. Science and ICT, for that matter, pose as primary stimulator for development to take advantage of the growing oil and gas sector in the region.
- The Project is expected to contribute to Cluster One goals of the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (NSGRP), popuraly known by its Kiswahili abbreviation as MKUKUTA (Mkakati wa Kukuza Uchumi na Kupunguza Umaskini) which aim at increasing growth by increasing the ability of the tertiary education subsector to provide relevant, high- quality graduates, especially in science, technology, and engineering disciplines which the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT) is also working on eradicating poverty, providing education to all and creating a self-reliant society.
Beneficiaries and Participants
- Who will benefit from the project and how will these benefits be realized? (Total number of recipients and number of women/children.)
Primary and secondary school students of class 5, 6, 7 more than 5,691 students
-Out of school youth more than 800
-Women: marginalised women in the rural areas of Mtwara region
- Were the beneficiaries involved in the decision to seek funding and the planning and design of the project? If so, how?
Nkwamira Sustainable life trust has done extensive consultation during the planning and design phase of the project. Meetings were held with Director of Mtwara City Council, District Commissioner, and the Director in charge of the thirty (30) schools- primary and secondary schools in the entire region of Mtwara . Direct beneficiaries such as students were consulted through questionnaires which were used research for the need analysis of the project. Feedback obtained from the research is that the project is much needed in steering development in the region.
- How and to what extent will the beneficiaries participate in the implementation of the project?
There is a schedule of classes to be attended by students agreed between the thirty schools in Mtwara, this is still being developed in consultation with teachers. It involves teaching class five to seven and later secondary school students in science disciplines. The timetable indicates the pickup point of students from a certain school and class and the drop off point from the centre. The schedule also states lesson taught in the week, month and quarter including dates for examination. At the end of the course, certificates of attendance and progress reports will be provided to parents and teachers and some results shared with the ministry of education.
- When the project has been completed, what will their future participation be?How have you considered the differential impact this project will have on women and men, boys and girls in the community?
- Students who have completed their courses successfully will be in a good position to be absorbed into higher learning institutions
- Higher learning institutions will have students with a good science background in primary and secondary school level therefore they will produce quality graduates
- Companies will benefit from having a group of quality grandaunts’ join their workforce therefore will absorb them in the various departments requiring their knowledge and skill sets.
- How have you considered the differential impact this project will have on women and men, boys and girls in the community?
After providing training to students in schools and those outside the school structure this project will have a spillover effect to the community, improving the lives of women, men, boys and girls in the following ways
- Improved standard of living as students qualify, get absorbed in the workforce and become self- reliant
- Reduction/eliminating dependency as those employed in the agriculture and oil& gas sector become more self- reliant through employment and self employment and are therefore able to take care of their families.
- Improve Equity as those less advantaged are provided with opportunity to learn and take advantage of resources and opportunities available in the agricultural sector as well as the growing gas sector
- Boost disposable income for the society as they get involved in agricultural business as employment
- More job opportunities