I was privileged to join Shimbwe Secondary school in 2005. After acquiring the certificate of Secondary Education, I decided to become a tour guide, so I attended college and studied tourism to acquire the required skills. I am now a qualified tour guide with special interest in Kilimanjaro National Parks’ eco system, Mount Kilimanjaro trekking and navigating safari tours around Tanzania’s magnificent national parks
The education and experience I have acquired has enabled me to start a Tour Company, Shimbwe Tours. Now I’m putting the skills I’ve learnt into showing people the beauty of the area I grew up and providing much needed employment to some of the young people in the area, contributing to the Tanzania’s economy in a small way – Victor Kinyaiya
In 1999 we were one of the lucky ones to enroll at Shimbwe Secondary School. We were really pleased and very excited for the opportunity, as before 1998 only very few ex-primary seven Shimbwe pupils got a chance to pursue secondary education. This was due to the few day and boarding Secondary Schools available in Tanzania. This meant most of our older friends and family missed out on this golden opportunity.
“The construction of the school was a stepping stone as it enabled us to continue with our studies. After obtaining a certificate of Secondary education, we got a chance to pursue further studies in other institutions and attained qualifications. – Tibruce Senya
Tibruce graduated from Teacher Training College and is now a Secondary School teacher, and really thriving in his role. His wife Nice is now a qualified nurse working in the local community.
We got married in 2010-and have being blessed with two healthy lovely sons. As we are both working, we are also able to give some practical and financial support to our beloved extended family. Furthermore, with the gift of easy access to safe clean water and electricity, we have had the luxury of enjoying tap-water and electricity – Nice Fraterne
The new catering facility has been in operation now for two weeks to the delight of school head chef who is now able to prepare meals on new stoves without filling the entire room with smoke.
“We are really privileged to be working in such a good facility. I really do no know how we managed without it all these years. As preparing meals in the old kitchen was physically more tasking, particularly when cooking the labour intensive staple food ugali, which requires a lot of mashing and mixing. The huge pans just sat on bare bricks, therefore the pans would slide around quit a bit. While using the old open kitchen, we had to use more fire wood , therefore it was more expensive and which means we can spare more trees.” Mr L. Seleto, School Cook
The catering building consists of a kitchen, store and office. The Trust also commissioned six wood using stoves, four massive stainless steel pans, complete with fitted lids, specially designed to fit tightly on the stoves, to contain the fire and smoke and a few cupboards. We have also made future provision to extend the catering block to accommodate a dining hall.
The construction of the much awaited science laboratory has been completed and has been fitted out with all the amenities expected for a fully functional classroom; desks, gas and water faucets, sinks, cupboards, shelves, approved practical drainage and waste disposal systems.
Since the school opened in 1998, pupils have been unable to pursue science subjects mainly due to the lack of science teaching facilities and running water.
The pupils are very excited and overjoyed that they will be finally able to take one of the three sciences; physics, chemistry and biology. We look forward to seeing some pupils graduate utilising these qualifications to pursue further education or a career in science.