Hoja Secondary School is the inspiration behind our Schools for Life programme. We started working with the community in Songea, Southern Tanzania in 2008. What was once a disused tobacco factory was transformed into Hoja Secondary School, graduates from which have achieved the top results of 183 schools in the region for four years running! The school is now operationally self-sustainable, providing education for 320 students and employment for 15 members of staff.
In the last year, new beds for the dormitories were bought to increase capacity, staff visited other schools to improve teaching methods and a water filter was bought to improve the safety of drinking water. Two computer tablets were also bought as a trial, with the hope of buying more in the future to teach the children IT skills and provide an easy place to keep all notes and materials.