Volunteers and interns can work in Nursery, Primary and Secondary schoolsteaching mathematics, Englishand other subjects. Not only do they provide much needed support for the staff in the schools, but they also help to promote modern methods of education for the benefit of both students and teachers. This is also a good way for the teachers to learn new things from volunteers, which improves the quality of the education. Volunteers and interns also provide various Adult education courses, including computer training and English. Teaching, Skills Training, Activities There is much need for extra help in Tanzanian schools. However, it is very important to know where and how to give support. We do not support government schools as this interferes with the local education system and may reduce the incentive for the government to improve its own educational system, while also disrupting the work of the local teachers. In general we support locally based schools that are trying to provide education to those that otherwise could not access this service. We currently have volunteer positions for nursery, primary or secondary schools. The nursery schools are run by local organizations that try to prepare the children for primary school entrance by teaching them basics such as reading, writing, Math’s, Swahili and English. The primary and secondary schools provide the opportunity of schooling to orphaned and disadvantaged children who otherwise would not be able to attend school. For the schools we have chosen to support, we try not to impose on their structure, but add to them. We do not agree with placing unskilled people into teaching positions, replacing local teachers or disrupting the work of the local teachers. Local teachers are teaching at all of these schools and rather than replace them, we try to add to their work by taking extra classes and activities, splitting a large class (and thus helping to give more individual attention to the children) or helping with some one on one tuition for children falling behind. One of the common difficulties for children in Tanzania is that primary school is taught in Swahili and then secondary school in English. This is obviously a difficult transition for them therefore much assistance is required to help the primary school children build their English and secondary school children catch up (if their English is not as good as their fellow class members). Along with formal teaching and running activities, there are also opportunities to pass on other skills to children, such as drama, singing, music, gardening, knowledge on climate change, hygiene, human rights etc. We run skills training and health/life skills tasks at a couple of projects. You do not need to be a teacher to help with teaching positions. You can still be a valuable asset when volunteering as a teacher’s assistant, activities director, or offering one on one tuition etc.
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