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!

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    Shelter

    In order for children to be able to work and focus effectively, they must be provided with good quality classrooms.…

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  • Peter Otieno

    Peter Otieno

    “Our school motto is education is light. Education is the beginning of everything. You have to go to school to…

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  • Munanka Mpuunka

    Munanka Mpuunka

    Munanka is 11 years old and is in Class 7 at Maasai Academy in Olorte, a remote village on the…

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  • Damas & Condrada Fussi

    Damas & Condrada Fussi

    Damas and Condrada are siblings and next door neighbours, living in a village called Litisha, close to Songea in southern…

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