The earliest schools in East Africa were built in the 19th century by European missionaries but the number of schools has not kept pace with the high population growth.

Demand for education is highly competitive which means that many children are left out.

The SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools strive to create secure and caring environments in which children of different abilities can experience success and achieve their full potential within a broad and balanced curriculum.

Our aim is to prepare children to become respectful and contributing members of the communities in which they live.

Characteristics of an SOS Hermann Gmeiner institution in east Africa
- Provides an holistic programme of activities
- High quality teaching and learning
- Child-centered teaching programmes
- High standards of skill-based training
- Moderate class size of 30 – 35 students
- Sensitive to plight of every child
- Composition - 10 to 20% SOS children and 80 to 90% community children including those whose rights to education are violated for various reasons
- Regular monitoring and evaluation to enhance and sustain quality SOS educational Institutions in Tanzania and Zanzibar:
• Kindergarten - 3 (Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar)
• Primary - 2 (Arusha and Zanzibar)
• Secondary - 2 (Arusha and Zanzibar)

Local National Curriculum is offered. The Curriculum has 7 years of basic primary education, 4 years Ordinary level secondary education, 2 years of Advanced secondary education 3 years and above of tertiary education.


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