Give a man a fish, and you feed him for today;
teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
The Tanzania Teaching Foundation (TTF) was inspired by a ministry of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church that supported volunteer Nancy Winters to teach at Manow Lutheran Junior Seminary for the 2001 school year. She recognized the largest hurdle to secondary education in Tanzania was command of the English language. During her year of service, Nancy developed a culturally focused curriculum to help students develop the language skills they would need to be successful at the secondary school level.
In 2009 TTF began a program to improve student readiness for secondary school by providing an intensive English course (Pre-Form 1 English) for students entering secondary school. Our past, present and future projects focus on supporting prosperity for Tanzanian individuals, families and communities by increasing access to high quality education for as many Tanzanian students as possible.
Since 2009, the Pre-Form 1 English program has graduated almost 500 students. Most of our program graduates are successfully navigating secondary school. Those who have graduated from Form 4 have continued in Forms 5 and 6 and a high percentage have entered and completed university degrees in fields such as medicine, engineering, education, accounting, business and finance, and agriculture. Each year five to seven of our Pre-Form 1 English graduates attend Manow Lutheran Junior Seminary (MLJS), our sponsoring school. The teachers at MLJS have expressed sincere appreciation because our graduates, with their greater English proficiency, have raised the level of interactions in their secondary classrooms.
In 2014, TTF became a recognized non-profit organization. Read what we have been doing in our annual reports:
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