In October 2013 I visited Chanzige Primary School in Southern Tanzania. Many Schools in Tanzania are horrendously under resourced and have little access to basic needs such as pens, pencils and paper; all the things that our own children take for granted. The families of the children have to provide their offspring with exercise books, and find providing this basic necessity difficult.
Chanzige school has no electricity and struggles to deliver even a basic curriculum.
Despite these hardships, the children at this school are some of the happiest children I have ever met. They are desperate to learn and consider any sort of education a privilege.
On my return, I set out to try and make a small difference to these children by setting up Champion Chanzige. The charity will remain small and will have minimal overheads with no salaries or rentpayable. You can therefore be assured that any donation that you make will go directly to the school.
If you think you would like to help make a difference, the children of Chanzige would be very grateful.
In October 2015, 12 people made the trip to Chanzige and spent 10 days there.
A member of the group of a 16 year old student who had aspirations to attend Brit School. He needed to produce a piece of work to impress at his interview.
Brandon Jenkins produced this documentary about the charity, I think you will agree it is an astonishingly proffessional film, one that I am very proud to be able to post on this website.
Another member of the group, a primary school teacher - Andy Dobson, took lots of video footage. On his return to the UK he used this footage to produce a film with his year fives and sixes. The final 45min film made observations about the difference in culture and in education between the two schools, raising awareness among the children in the UK.
Below is a link to a much edited version that gives you a glimpse of what life and education in a Tanzanian school is like.