Connecting Classrooms Project

Tanzania Connecting Classrooms 2013



Questions and Answers!

Miss Green:
1. What are the children learning about?  One class were learning about the life cycle of a butterfly
2. What do you eat at lunch? Spicy rice and fish usually
3. How many children in your school? up to 1200 in a school and 120 in a class
Miss Bishop:
1. What have you been doing at school? We have been watching the children learn English, Maths and French and also visited some primary classes that are learning about life cycles and others that are learning maths.
2. Are you having a nice time? OH YES!
3. Do they have a swimming pool like ours?  There are some swimming pools but the children learn to swim in Lake Victoria, it's a very warm country so the Lake is perfect for learning to swim.  Can you think why we would not be able to do this in our county? Similarities that we both swim but differences in the place that we learn!

Miss Milton:
1. What is in Tanzania? So many things, there are houses, lions, elephants, schools, bumpy roads and lots of fish and rice!
2. What is it like in tanzania?Hot and rainy, but the rain is warm!
3. What are you eating in tanzania? Tilapia fish and rice and beef curry and spicy rice.
Miss Heveran:
1. What food are you eating? Tilapia fish and rice and beef curry and spicy rice. Fish rice pineapple, paw paw, banana although our packed lunch today
was samosa, cold chips and cold chicken wings with a cake and banana and they put the cake in with the chips! Not my favourite meal!!
2. What do the people take to school? Bags, fly swats made from leaves and sometimes some food for their break
3. What language do they speak? Swahili
Miss Rixon:
1. How many people have you met so far? More than 3000 pupils! And lots of teachers!
2. How large are the school/classes? Largest school was 1200 pupils and 10 teachers! You can work out how many a class!
3. What is the time difference and school day times? About the same but they go home at 2.30 because the sun gets too hot


Mr Mount:
1. Where do you sleep/sleep on? In the hotel, it's very nice and the bed is comfortable but this morning we had no water! :(
2. How many lessons in a day? 5
3. What do they have for school dinners? They go home so there aren't any!
Mrs Thomson/Mrs Mcparland:
1. Harvey - Have you seen any lions, giraffes or other animals? Yes both! Wonderful! Have lots of photos to show all.
2. Dylan - What equipment (eg pencils) do they have in school? None of those they borrow a pencil and write in a book and that's really it!
3. Amy - Do they go swimming?  There are no swimming pools so they go to swimming in Lake Victoria
Mr Wilson:
1. What kind of animals have you seen? Lions, giraffes, elephants, zebra, rock hyrax, mongoose, antelope, buffalo, wildebeest, and lots more...
2. Is it hot there? What temperature is it? About 28 degrees and very hot in the middle of the day!
3. Do you like it? Love It!

Mr Hardwidge:
1. Do you have computers? No! Although one school are getting them!
2. Do you watch television?
3. Do you play football?The children play football all of the time and they love the English teams especially Chelsea and Man U
Mr Dilling:
1. What do the children have for lunch? They eat lots of rice and Ugli rice meal and also plaintain with tomato and chilli sauce. This is very tasty! The parents get their fish fresh from the markets every day and they also buy chicken and beef.  This is mixed with vegetables such as okra, avacado, peppers, chilli, tomatoes, garlic, onions, Yams, Plantain, casava and they eat mango, banana, pineapple, watermelon and green oranges!


2. What animals do you have as pets? Goats, chickens and cows! 
3. What homework do you have?It is hard to give homework as many children do not have pens or paper sometimes and the schools can not afford to buy them for the children, the government do not provide these things for children, their parents are meant to but if the parents do not do this, the children have to go without these things at school.  Schools also struggle to have enough books for children to work from.
Miss Speed:
1. What is the weather like in Tanzania? Hot hot hot! But sometimes windy!
2. What fruit grows there? Pineapples, pawpaw, oranges, watermelon, abaca do, tomatoes and banana
3. What are the schools like? What kind of lessons do they have? 3 english reading, counting and writing subjects until they are 11 and then 7 and then 11 when they are 16! One class were learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.
Miss Barber:
1. What toys do the children play with? Hardly any, they play with things that they pick up or people throw away like plastic lids being frisbees and sticks to pass stones to each other a bit like hockey.
2. How do they talk in africa? Swahili, I have left you with some books in school, get your teacher to read them to you! Also some speak English too!
3. How many children are there in a class?  We have seen a class with 120 children in it - all sharing seats.  One teacher for 120 children! 120 is the average.

Miss Ostoloza:
1. What kind of fruit do they eat? Pawpaw, pineapple, orange and banana
2. What kind of houses do they live in? Houses made from mud some of them and others of bricks, they have little electricity and rely on the heat from their tin roof and the fire. They cook on that too!
3. Is it hot and sunny in Africa? Very but sometimes there are thunderstorms! At the moment it is the rainy season so it can rain very hard and fast for a few hours a day! We have only been caught once in the rain. We have had to use sun cream every day!
Questions from Woodbrook Vale Students:
  1. What subjects do you do? Swahili is one of the languages but they do the same lessons as us but the focus is not on creative arts at all and yet they all seem to be able to sing and dance which comes from their tribal villages.




  1. What age do you start school? 4-11 and then if they pass their exams they got to secondary which they have to pay for so many leave and do not come back after primary.
  2. Is your school inside or outside? All assemblies are held outside but there are in door classrooms, they don't have window panes and can be very dusty.
  3. What is your favourite subject? So far we have watched the children learn alot of English but lots of children seem to enjoy maths and science
  4. How long does it take to get to school? Children can walk more than a mile and sometimes more so it depends on whether the road is muddy or not as some children have not been able to get to school this week because of the mud and the rain fall.


  1. Do you have a school uniform? All children wear a uniform with pride, it doesn't matter to them if their uniform is not new it is still their identity and I have told all about out new smart uniform and they think that it is a good idea to have this identity, as it promotes them.  Also they sing a school song, maybe we should write our own?
  2. Do you go on trips? The visting teachers have and only students that win competitions get to go out of their school on a trip, many children do not leave Musoma as it is very expensive to travel and even the teachers and head teachers can not afford their own cars.
  3. What is the highest grade in school? A level like us
  4. How long is school time? 8.30am until 2.30pm but boarding school works all day, they don't have lunch at school.
  5. What are you studying in your school subjects? As above



  1. How many students are there in your class? Up to 150 in one class, 4 children to a seat in some classes.
  2. What is school like? Simple single story buildings made from brick with no displays and only chairs desks and a long black board that they write on with chalk
  3. Is there a specific religion you have to follow? Christian and Muslim
  4. How many students are there in your school? The largest school was 1200 pupils and 10 teachers! Do the maths!
  5. Do you have a reward system (Goals or Merits)? No there isn't but they do have school cleaners that are children and prefect to monitor the classes when the teachers are not in, the children are expected to learn if the teacher is there or not!





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Feedback from Woodbrook Vale

To Miss Morjaria, After reading the page/blog about Tanzania these are my comments:  It was really interesting to find out about the kind of life the students lead… and I was really surprised at the number of students per class in ratio of the teacher; the pupils must be very mature and keen to learn! Although I think that the children are unlucky to not have the resources we have, it must be fantastic to be able to life so close to the animals, and living in such a hot climate!!! It would be very exciting to meet some of the children and experience their everyday life. Angelina Chesnokova, Year 8

I have read the Tanzania blog , these are my comments, I was shocked that there were about 120 children in a class, we always have 30 or under. It sounds like the children are very keen to go to school and wear the uniform with pride, they are very mature. Tanzania must be a very hot place and this is shown because they have to leave school at 2:30 as the sun gets too hot, I think we could do with some of that sun in Britain (but maybe not as much as there is in Tanzania)! Katie Leck, Year 8

Dear Miss Morjaria, Having read the blogs I am very surprised about some of the differences between the school in Tanzania and WBV. I was really surprised when I read that some children leave after primary school as it is either too expensive to pay for secondary school or you fail your exams! It was interesting to read and find out lots of information from the blogs. Sarah Bryan, Year 8

Dear Miss Morjaria, I have read the Tanzanian blog and these are my comments, It was really interesting to read the blog! I find it nice that all the children really want to work so they can have a better future where as some students in Britain don’t care about education. I was really surprised when I read that there are 120 children per class! That is a huge amount compared to WBV. The lake near where they live must be nice for them as they probably don’t have a lot of water sources around. The food looks rather nice and very different to what we eat. I liked finding bout more information about Tanzania and it looked like you had a great time! Faye Lynam, Year 8

I think that the Beacon Academy website is really good, I like the questions and to see how different their life’s are compared to ours. I can’t believe that they have to pay for secondary school. Oliver Howard, Year 8

I feel very privileged and lucky, I never knew the classes were so big! Sometimes I feel cramped in a class of 30! The school must be very lively. The students seem very mature and well behaved plus seem to enjoy school. It’s different that they leave school early because of the sun, we hardly ever have hot or sunny weather. I think it would be very fun and amazing to visit Tanzania. The thing I would like to see the most is the animals and to see the beautiful lakes. From Rhiya Vaidya, Year 8

Wow I didn’t know that people in Tanzania struggles so much to get facilities in school, and I didn’t think that there would be 120 students in the school it must be hard for the teacher to be able to teach all of them. The food that they eat must be tasty although I’m not a fond of fish, I thought that people would struggle finding food there but luckily not! I didn’t know that four people had to share a seat must be very squishy because in Wood brook we have our own chairs to sit on! There are many different things that are different from Tanzania schools and Wood brook like: We have a library and I don’t think they do. We have computers but they don’t although they might get some which is lucky! I think that people in Tanzania are very lucky to have a school. And some other differences to!  It’s amazing that the rain is warm that means you could go outside and you wouldn’t feel very cold! I think the rain is warm in India to. I think Tanzania is a very interesting place to learn about when I grow older I would love to go to different countries and find out more about them! From Karishma Patel, Year 8

I find it amazing that there are 1200 per school and 120 per class! We only have around 30 a class and 500 in a school. It’s different that they don’t have lunch at school but we do. We wouldn’t even be allowed to go swimming in a lake and it would be too cold in the UK, I understand why they don’t use a swimming pool because it costs money to make whereas the lake is free and natural. The children have goats, chickens and cows for pets and we use them as farm animals for food. We have more exotic animals as pets like lizards but people mainly have cats and dogs. They speak the language Swahili but I haven’t ever heard of it! Houses are made from wood and mud. We are extremely lucky to have houses made from brick. I can’t believe it takes 1 mile to get to school but it takes around 5 minutes for me. From Josh Willshee Year 8

Tanzania seems like a lovely place. I can’t believe that your school has approx. 120 pupils per class, the maximum we have is 30! The food in Tanzania seems so exotic and nice. I can’t believe that it’s so hot there that you have to leave school at 2.30pm, we leave school at 3, it’d be amazing to have heat like in Tanzania.  The houses seem really eco-friendly because they are made from mud and other natural resources where as our houses are made from bricks. We should be extremely lucky to have electricity and heat where ever we are and for people in Tanzania it’s a luxury. We have our assemblies indoor; it’d be really cool to have them outside. Also, I can’t believe that you have cows, chickens and goats as pets; we have really boring animals like cats and dogs From Ravi Vara, Year 8


12/04/2013 - Day 6

This morning we got a wonderful welcome from the pupils and staff from Kamunyonge Primary School, Warren Hills' linked school. From the bus the staff called to us with their tribal call of welcome and a group of children greeted us with a wonderful tribal dance that we enjoyed a lot. The children lined the path, singing the school song, all of the way to the head master's office where we signed the book. Mr Burrows has married 4 more wives since he has been here, he now has to build 4 huts for his wives and assign jobs for them on their return to the UK.  Lucky he has building work going on while he is away! We observed the children's passion for learning in this school and were blown away by the enthusiasm of all teachers and pupils even when there were up to 160 pupils in one class which is almost as many as Warren Hills and more than Thringstone. The assembly was very special where a poem had been written for us and presented by the children using actions which is something that they learned from us. We have a video to show you all which is very special and we will share this with you. We moved to Nyashu Secondary School where we observed a lesson in English and French which was brilliant to watch. Children at this school speak in English but most have come from non English speaking primary schools and find the first year hard. We led an assembly where the children sang their national anthem with pride and their school song, Regina spoke about Ghana and we kept to time for once as the tropical rainstorm cut her short and soaked everyone! We then had lunch and finally managed to get to an internet cafe who kindly offered to upload and send the photos back so we hope that this has arrived. So you should see more of our photos on here today and see more of the people we have met. This afternoon we went to the secondary senior boarding school Mara Linked with Thringstone and the boys sang and filled the church with music that was emotional and engaging. Ghana led their assembly with information about their country and informed the young men about how they need to focus on the future and never look back and how the UK/Ghana and Tanzania are now linked in the global village and through our partnership. We are all very tired but every experience is something that our memories will be made of and that we will all impart to you over the next year when we try to make more of a partnership with our schools over here and in Ghana. The long journey home starts on Saturday and should end at Birmingham Airport on Sunday morning - please keep your fingers crossed and hope that the bus does only take 5 hours and not the 7 that it took getting here!



11/04/2013 - Day 5

So day 5 arrived and we set off at 5:00am for a 3 hour bus trip to the Serengeti National Park. The roads are very dusty and mostly sand and they are very very bumpy to the point where you lift up off your seat! We all felt that we could have been on a fairground roller coaster! When we arrived we got back on the bus and set off down more bumpy roads, through rivers, streams, mud and through the grasslands for 5 hours! On our way we managed to see lions, zebra, monkeys, a vulture and hyena eating an antelope (yucky), buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and loads of birds and trees. We even found a cloud in the shape of a face but we will show you this when we get back home! We had a very unusual lunch at the centre in the middle of the park, it was a picnic of cold chips, meat samosa, cold chicken, a cake and bananas! This was probably our least favourite meal since we have been here! We got back on the bus and set off back to the hotel on a back road which was more like a dirt track and it took 4 hours! We didn't get back to the hotel until 9pm and by then we were very tired and hungry and were happy to see the spicy rice, fish, beef curry put on for us and they'd even done some carrots and green beans for us which we loved! After a 15 hour day we were worn out but...Mrs Brierley saw a giraffe run which she desperately wanted to do, Mrs Kinsey saw a hippo, Mr Burrows got a Serengeti rock for his collection we finally got to see a lion in the wild so we returned with smiles (very tired ones) but we had a wonderful day! We are learning about our friends in Tanzania all of the time and are desperate to tell you about them and show you our adventures! Two more days to go until we return on our long 2 day flight to Birmingham! Keep watching the blog, you can find out what more we get up to tomorrow!



10/04/2013 - Day 4

We are having a wonderful time.  We are currently in the middle of the Serengeti National Park and have seen lions (wow), elephants, giraffes and are having trouble keeping the flies out the of the bus.  They are very dangerous if they bite you. In the schools we have meeting children, looking around and meeting the staff too.

09/04/2013 - Day 3

This morning we visited the school with a visually impaired unit.  They have 75 boarders who are taught to read Braille and once they are able to read move into the inclusive mainstream.  They sang a wonderful song of welcome and did some traditional dancing, we will show this to you when we get back. Then we visited Nymatre Primary School, where we did our assembly!  We told the children the story of the enormous turnip with puppets and face masks and also taught them the community song with makaton actions. Then we went to a third school which was a private primary school - this had an Australian missionary volunteer working there in the computer room.  They are hoping to get internet next week and will be in touch when they do! After a buffet lunch of fish heads and beef curry with spicy rice and spinach, we were offered a juice of avocado and banana (this looked interesting)! 



This afternoon we collected 30 children from the schools and visited the museum of the President of the country when it became independent and his family still live there.  His Mum and Dad were the tribal chiefs of the village and the chief had 22 wives and more than 40 children, one of which became president.  The Preseident's place of rest was paid for by Nelson Mandela (South African) and they are trying to make the Pope in Rome see him as a saint. The President's wife had noticed the children and although she does not personally greet visitors anymore, she came out to talk to us and this was a real honour for us and definitely the Tanzanians. On our return we had a buffet, and again were offered fish heads, fried or boiled!  There was also sweet noodles, spicy and plain rice, spinach, beef curry and chicken.  The pineapple and bananas are so fresh, they are harvested daily.

08/04/2013 - Day 2

Day two arrived swiftly and throughout the day we visited lots of schools and told them about the children back in England and how proud we are of our school and all of the children - you lot! Football is a big aspect of life here for the children and most of the boys which is a similarity to many of the children back in England. Most boys support Chelsea Football Club. Children play football as much as they can...all of the time! We were taken to the government building and introduced to the director of education who gave his permission for us to visit the schools! We visited schools for 6 hours and one school we visited had 1200 pupils but only 10 teachers! Each teacher had 120 children in their classroom. Mrs Kinsey brought her class bear 'BumbleBear' with her, he's been very popular with the head teachers of every school!! Can you spot him on his adventure? All children are taught in classrooms without glass windows! To name just a few, some of the schools we visited were Mara Primary School, Mwisenge Primary School, Buhare Secondary school, Mshikamano Secondary School, Kigera B Primary School and Kiara Primary School. As for food and drink, we are eating a lot of fish and rice. Rice is grown by the people of Tanzania and the fish we are eating is called Talapia and is caught fresh from Lake Victoria. We also had fruit, papaya, pineapple, watermelon with chapattis (The Tanzanian version of pancakes) toasted salty sandwich, something similar to donuts without the hole and sugar, potatoes and fish and plantain stew all for breakfast! To top off the day, at sunset we walked down to the lake and saw the fishermen loading the fish from their boats to the shore, they serve the fish with its head on and bones still in so we have to be careful when eating. We have to drink lots of water because its very very hot here so we have to keep ourselves fully hydrated.


07/04/2013 - Day 1

We arrived in Mwanza at the airport on Sunday morning and we then caught a morning taxi at 3:30am and were on the flight from Dar A Salam at 6:00am. At Mwanza airport we picked up guests and Josiah met us. We had a drink whilst we waited for all guests and visitors to arrive from Ghana. Once all guests had arrived we then took a bus to Msoma, it was a very bumpy drive, VERY! We then stopped off at a cafe and had rice and fish for our lunch which was very nice.



The roads were not of the best quality and we drove through pot holes and over broken bridges! As we we driving along the police stopped us for a lift! They can get a lift from anyone they pull over which is very different from what happens back in the UK. As you drive along the roads in Tanzania there are many lay bys with Tanzanian people in them selling goods such as fruit. We stopped in a lay by that was full of people selling things and we bought a bus full of monkey nuts! They were fresh off the trees - yum! The monkey nuts that you get in the UK are dried the these we ate were still moist and very fresh! We then carried on driving and we passed the entrance to the Serengeti national park and saw baboons and a few zebra and wildebeest, weaver birds, cranes and antelope! At 7:00pm we finally arrived at our destination and hotel, Hotel Setavin. Tea was the same as lunch...more rice and fish but it wasnt too bad. after this we then went to bed. However, we have to put mosquitoes nets up on and over our beds to prevent us getting bitten but however, for some of us the mosquitoes had already bitten!!


06/04/2013 - Flight

The flight to Tanzania was from Holland so we caught a plane from England to Holland where we then boarded the aeroplane and took a the flight to Tanzania. We landed and arrived in Mwanza airport the morning of 07/04/2013 and day 1 was reading to begin!