As part of the Community College of Qatar’s continued commitment to be a beacon of community service in the region and beyond, CCQ has formed a development partnership with a secondary school in the small village of Makunduchi, on the south coast of Unguja island, Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Between January 26th and February 2nd 2018, faculty members from the Community College of Qatar traveled to Zanzibar to engage in this special community service project. During this most recent visit, CCQ faculty worked with staff and students, delivering stationary supplies, teaching English classes and helping to paint the older classrooms, many of which stand at over 100 years old.
Since the partnership was formed in April 2017, funds have been raised to improve the physical attributes of the school. Enough money was raised to construct a block of 3 brand new classrooms, which were formally opened on January 29th by Mr. Idrissa Kitwana Mustafa, the District Commissioner of Southern Zanzibar, and his accompanying delegation. The addition of bigger, brighter study areas will have a lasting benefit to the school for many years to come, where it is often the case that 50-60 students crowd a classroom, hoping to access the taught material in the best way they can.
In addtion, with extra funds from Phase 1 of our project, we were able to purchase Makunduchi's first-ever projector for their IT room!
We have now officially initiated Phase 2 of this project! The 3 new classrooms that CCQ donors funded are ready to be outfitted with electricity! This means that the school can hold evening classes to further help their Form 4 students prepare for their standardized tests. The majority of the funds for Phase 2 will be used to fund these evening classes. This is monumental news as it will increase the physical and intellectual resources available to the students of Makunduchi Secondary School, and ultimately more students will successfully pass their exams and have access to a higher education! We're making real, tangible, positive change in the Makunduchi community.
Please consider donating to this noble cause. Your generosity will be felt for generations!
(*An itemized budget of expenses is available.)
Phase 1 Summary:
From April 28th to May 5th 2017, members of the Community College of Qatar's ELC Community Service Committee and several faculty volunteers worked in Zanzibar, Tanzania, offering assistance to teachers and students at the Makunduchi Secondary School in Makunduchi, Zanzibar. The college volunteers spent the week working with students and teachers, providing instruction for students, professional development opportunities for teachers, and generous donations from the greater CCQ community. During the week, the ELC faculty members were able to experience life in a small village in Zanzibar and better understand the challenges that students and teachers face in developing countries. Specifically, they were able to get a sense of the barriers that exist between the needs of public education systems and the successful implementation of educational programs in economically disadvantaged regions of the world.
Makunduchi is a small, economically disadvantaged town on the Southern coast of Zanzibar’s Unguja Island. The town has little by way of industry, natural resources, or other sources of income for Makunduchi’s residents. In spite of this, people in Makunduchi continue to persevere and do the best with the resources available to them. They are accommodating and congenial toward visitors, and there is virtually no crime of any kind in the area. It is apparent to outsiders, however, that Makunduchi’s residents are not well off in a material sense. This was particularly evident (for the CCQ team) at the local secondary school, where more than 8oo students attend daily in facilities that are barely able to contain them.
Makunduchi Secondary School has stood where it is currently located for more than a hundred years (the school was founded in 1903), and it has been well maintained. The school lacks basic modern infrastructure, however; there is no access to the internet, there are only a handful of computers for students to use, the classrooms do not have electric power, and basic resources for students’ classroom use are scarce. Although they expected this, the ELC volunteers were surprised to see the extent to which the school had fallen behind those of its counterparts in wealthier countries of the ‘developed’ world.
Despite the lack of resources, however, both the students and the teachers displayed a high level of enthusiasm and warmth toward their guests from CCQ. They were eager to learn and were very receptive to the presence of the volunteers and what they had brought to Makunduchi. The team was able to adapt quickly to the school environment and gain a greater understanding of teaching in a completely different context. We all benefitted a great deal from our teaching experience in Makunduchi both on a professional and personal level and it will forever stand as a testament that the community service remit of CCQ can stretch far and beyond the shores of Qatar.
Please help us to bring back a sense of pride to the students of Makunduchi Secondary School, where curious minds will grow for generations to come. Your invaluable donation will help to build a new class block, which contains 3 classrooms. This will alleviate a great deal of congestion in the classrooms, where often times 50-60 students crowd into a single classroom, with every 2-3 students sharing a chair and a desk.
Help us open more doors for more students to enter.
(*An itemized list of expenses is available.)
- ELC Faculty
- Erum Arshad
- Abdulla Al-Nuaimi
- Hamad Alobaidli
- Nayef Al-Muhsin
CCQ ELC Community Service Committee