Schools for Life

COCO's Schools for Life programme seeks to replicate the success of Hoja Secondary School across East Africa. Through partnership between COCO and The Hoja Project, Hoja Secondary was developed from a disused tobacco factory into one of the best performing schools in Tanzania.

For the past five years, graduates from Hoja Secondary have achieved the highest results in the Ruvuma region of 185 schools. Further to academic success, Hoja Secondary is also operationally self-sustainable owing to careful cost reduction and innovative income generation strategies.

Six key elements combine in the Schools for Life programme; shelter, power, water & sanitation, food, sports & recreation and entrepreneurship.

COCO is partnering with 13 communities to develop Schools for Life in three countries. In Tanzania: Hoja Secondary, Kindimba Secondary, Elimika Centre, Mshangano Secondary, Kids are Kings Nursery, Litisha Nursery, MCODE Nursery, MLASEO Nursery, and Hoja Teacher Training and Learning CentreIn Kenya: FOCUSSA Primary, Maasai Academy and Mercy Primary. And our first School for Life in Uganda: Fremosa Primary. These 13 cover the whole spectrum of education - from nursery education all the way through to pupils becoming teachers themselves!

  • Aika

    Aika

    5-year-old Aika Baraka is the eldest daughter of Malaika, the director of Kids are Kings learning centre. Within her family,…

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  • Anusiata

    Anusiata

    Anusiata is 7 years old and lives in the village of Mbinguni in the Nyasa region of Southern Tanzania. She…

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  • Flora

    Flora

    10-year-old Flora lives in the village of Mbinguni in the Nyasa region of Southern Tanzania. She doesn’t currently go to…

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  • Michael

    Michael

    6 year old Michael lives in the village of Mbinguni in the Nyasa Region of Southern Tanzania. He is currently…

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  • Jessica

    Jessica

    Jessica is 9 years old. She lives with her parents and four siblings in Mbinguni village in Southern Tanzania. She…

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  • Malaika Milinga

    Malaika Milinga

    Malaika is Director of the Kids are Kings Nursery in Songea, Tanzania. The centre runs a nursery school that teaches…

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  • Rosemary Jeremiah

    Rosemary Jeremiah

    7 year old Rosemary attends Kids are Kings Nursery in Tanzania.  Rosemary's favourite subject at nursery is English, and she…

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  • Hoja Sustainable Agriculture Training

    Hoja Sustainable Agriculture Training

    COCO, alongside partners The Hoja Project, has been providing sustainable agriculture training to members of the community since 2011. Sustainable agriculture training…

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  • Justin Shrima

    Justin Shrima

    Justin is 6 years old, and attends MLASEO Nursery.  He lives with his mother, father, and three brothers and sisters.…

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  • Lack of Teachers

    Lack of Teachers

    Unfortunately, not all schools perform as well as Schools for Life. We would like to spread the impact of Schools…

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  • Education Gap

    Education Gap

    Whilst the Schools for Life programme offers an exceptional standard of education, it does not offer the final step for…

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  • Agnes Mbunda

    Agnes Mbunda

    Agnes is 15 years old and studies in Form 1 at Kindimba Secondary School. Prior to Kindimba opening, over 80%…

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