The Faraja Primary School opened modestly in 2001 with 15 students entering the school and only three teachers. Since then, the school has reached its full enrollment, with approximately 95 students and seven teachers in grades Kindergarten through Class 7 (7th grade).
All students have a physical disability, either from birth, disease or injury. However, all students are
tested prior to admission to confirm that they have intellectual capacity to complete the standard Tanzanian Primary School curriculum.
Since 2008, a class of approximately 15-20 students graduates every other year. Student expenses for
tuition, housing, and food are donated by our generous donors, many of whom sponsor an individual student.
Faraja follows the standard governmental curricula for primary schools and is fully accredited by the
Ministry of Education. Extra training is provided in English and computer skills.
Each student also is assigned daily chores, from dormitory maintenance to kitchen duty. In addition to
helping make Faraja more self-sustaining, these responsibilities give students a new-found confidence
that contributes to their growth as contributing members of Tanzanian society.
All teachers and staff are Tanzanian with full credentials for their positions as required by the government. More importantly, they bring extraordinary care and compassion for the students.
The academic performance of the school is outstanding, evidenced by the fact that each year the graduating student test scores are in the top 5% of all primary schools in the district. This extraordinary achievement is testimony to the capabilities of the children and the commitment of their teachers and staff. See Our Campus for more information on the Primary School facility.