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 four years, graduates from Hoja Secondary have achieved the highest results in the Ruvuma region of 181 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 & santiation, food, sports & recreation and entrepreneurship.

COCO is partnering with eight communities to develop Schools for Life; Hoja Secondary, Kindimba Secondary, Mercy Primary, FOCUSSA Primary, Elimika CentreMaasai Academy, Hoja Teacher Training and Learning Centre and MLASEO Nursery.  These eight cover the whole spectrum of education - from nursery education all the way through to pupils becoming teachers themselves!


  • 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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  • How Much Does a School for Life Cost?

    How Much Does a School for Life Cost?

    The areas we work in are so diverse that we're unable to give a general figure of how much a…

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  • Earth Bag Kitchen

    Earth Bag Kitchen

    COCO operates in rural areas in East Africa. Working in rural areas presents a diverse array of challenges, one of…

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  • Augustino Ndonde

    Augustino Ndonde

    Augustino is a 19 year old student at Hoja Secondary School in Tanzania. Augustino lives in the boys' dormitory at…

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  • Hoja Solar Classroom

    Hoja Solar Classroom

    One way in which Hoja Secondary has set itself apart from other schools in Tanzania is through the use of…

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