Schools for Life
Quality Education for All
Listen, Learn, Sustain
We listen to the needs of the community. Continuously learn from the communities we work alongside and implement strategic income-generation strategies to allow communities to sustain themselves in the long-term.
Currently, COCO is dedicated to supporting communities in East Africa. Present operations are across Kenya and Tanzania, with hopes to extend into Uganda shortly. Any communities in East Africa seeking to partner with us are encouraged to return our Partnership Application Form.
Empowering Farmers to Educate Their Children
COCO has supported partners The Hoja Project to provide sustainable agriculture training to farmers in rural Tanzania. The farmers are taught innovative techniques, which enable them to boost crop yields.
Having received the training, Bahati Nungu (pictured) increased her crop yields from 5 to 20 sacks of rice, allowing her to provide sufficient food for her family and sell the excess. Her income has doubled as a result, with funds being used to provide education and healthcare to her five children.
Having benefitted from training herself, Bahati now teaches other members of the community, allowing others to share her skills. You can read more about sustainable agriculture training here.
Sustainable agriculture training and other programmes would not be possible without COCO's partner organisations. By working alongside our partners, we are able to pool our expertise and ensure that our impact is as significant as possible.
Making Education Accessible81% Before the construction of Kindimba Secondary School, 81% of graduates from local primary schools were unable to continue their studies.
Sustainable Provision of Education£20 Since 2007, small loans of £20 have been distributed by The Hoja Project to start small businesses, by early 2015 3,500 small loans had been distributed.
Schools for Life
Allowing Students to Reach their Potential
At Hoja Secondary School in Tanzania, COCO supported the community to construct separate boys' and girls' dormitories.
Augustino Ndonde is staying in the boys' dormitory, which has eliminated his one and a half hour journey each way to school; "When I finished in day school, by the time I got home I was tired and did not have time to study. In the mornings, I was so tired that I could not concentrate on school. Now I am staying in the dormitory, I have more time for studying. Before I was averaging grades of 40%, within a year of staying in the dormitory these increased to 60%, aiding my chances of becoming a lawyer."
Six Key Elements Combine
The Schools for Life programme aims to replicate the success of Hoja Secondary School in Tanzania. In 2013, graduates from Hoja Secondary achieved the highest grades of 173 schools in the Ruvuma region. The school is also self-sufficient in terms of operating costs, meaning that it can continue to benefit students independent from external support.
COCO aims to support communities to construct 8 Schools for Life across East Africa before 2020.
In order for children to be able to work and focus effectively, they must be provided with good quality classrooms and somewhere safe and secure to sleep at night.
Did you know that as few as 2% of people living in rural Tanzania have access to electricity? Taking advantage of the abundant African sun, solar power can provide light and computer skills to students.
Access to clean water prevents illness, saves time which would previously have been wasted travelling to collect water and also enables cultivation of crops.
Implementation of sustainable agriculture provides schools with an abundance of nutritious food for teachers and students, as well as enabling the school to sell excess produce to generate income.
Recreation cultivates friendships, motivates students and encourages a healthy lifestyle. Promotion of sports and recreation through pitches and equipment contributes towards students being happy and healthy.
Entrepreneurial skills are essential for the leaders of tomorrow. Innovative teaching methods, training in vocational skills and access to income-generation programmes equip students for the competitive job markets.