Project Description

School Infrastructure

There is overwhelming need for additional classrooms and other infrastructure such as labs, libraries, dormitories, etc. at schools across East Africa. In many schools, lack of infrastructure causes class sizes to reach 75-100 students per teacher in rooms that are small, badly ventilated, and often unsafe. With such limited capacity, it is especially difficult for schools to offer needed services such as tutoring or extra-curricular skills for their students.

Global Partners responds to the infrastructure and educational development needs of primary and secondary schools in poor, rural areas across East Africa. Examples of completed infrastructure projects include the construction of dormitories, teacher housing, classrooms, laboratories, and water systems as well as assistance with purchasing school supplies and equipment.

Recent Projects

Obisa Primary School


Due to a previous Vineyards to Villages grant for a borehole at this school, the community was able to construct a new classroom for students with special needs and renovate three classrooms using the newly available water to make bricks.

Oduwo Primary School


At Oduwo Primary School, classrooms were structurally unsound and posed a danger to its 525 students. The project represented a complete overhaul of the current infrastructure with six new classrooms replacing the dilapidated ones, completion of two partially constructed classrooms built by the community, and installation of electricity.

Nkongola Nursery School


This project funded the construction of a nursery school in eastern Uganda serving 170 households through a partnership with SPARK MicroGrants.

Otondo Primary School


Otondo Primary School project renovated nine classrooms and constructed a building for early childhood development classes. Their existing borehole was also renovated and a community kiosk was constructed in order to provide water to the community and make the project sustainable for the school.

Sigoti Primary School


At Sigoti Primary School, many of the students met outside because their classroom was uninhabitable following a recent storm. The current classrooms were built in 2005 by the community out of materials from other condemned classrooms. The school serves 305 students and the area has a population of approximately 6,500 people. Despite these challenges, the school has ranked among the top three schools in the sub-county in the last few years. The latrines dug by the community were in bad condition and full, and they have collapsed frequently in the past. Through a partnership with GPFD, four classrooms were renovated, five classrooms were constructed, and new sanitation facilities were built.

Village Health Works Teachers College


GPFD funded a portion of a new teachers college in rural Burundi through Village Health Works. The goal of this college is to provide high-quality education to future teachers who will then improve the quality of education in local public schools for children in rural Burundi.

Emanyata WiFi Project


Emanyata Secondary School is a community boarding school located in a predominantly Maasai region of Northern Tanzania. This funding was used to develop the infrastructure needed to provide wireless internet to the school.

Kakrigu Mfangano Primary School


At Kakrigu Mfangano Primary School, classes from 1-4 met in classrooms made of old iron sheets. The school only had 3 shallow latrines for girls and 2 for boys that were constructed by the community without ventilation. This project funded the construction of 3 new classrooms to replace iron sheets as well as 4 girls’ latrines and 3 boys’ latrines.

Nyamuga Primary School and Nyamuga Special School


At Nyamuga Primary School and Nyamuga Special School, 228 students collected water from the lake for drinking, and the sanitation system did not include hand washing stations due to the lack of water available. Funding was used to construct a borehole and distribution to the primary school, special school for children with disabilities, and a community water point, in addition to a hand washing point for all students on school grounds.

Nyamuga Primary School


The Nyamanga Primary School project renovated five classrooms, repaired their roofs, and updated the gutters for rainwater harvesting with two new tanks and tap stations. Prior to these repairs, students could not attend school in their classrooms during heavy rains. By completing their rainwater harvest system, students no longer need to collect lake water for drinking. Additionally, GFPD funded a total of 7 latrines for girls, boys, and young children.

Historical Projects

The following are examples of education projects completed by Global Partners for Development from 2000-2012 in East Africa. For more information on any of these projects or others, contact us at [email protected].

2001: Kimlea Adult Literacy Program – Expansion of adult literacy program

2007: SONCAM – Education for street children

2008: Lake Victoria Community Women – Construction of a classroom at an orphans’ school for early child development.

2000-2012: EWIDA – MAS secondary school scholarship program ongoing through EWIDA in Rukasudi

2001: Sekei Village Council – Teacher housing and five classrooms

2006: Bugarama Women’s Club – Classroom construction for girls’ vocational training

2008: EWIDA & RUKASUDI – Building construction for secondary education and young women’s professional development

2000-2012: MAS secondary school – scholarship program ongoing in the Arusha area

2000: Lengijave Village – Construction of teacher housing and initiation of brick making for income generation; construction of six classrooms for primary school (2004); construction of three classrooms (2006)

2001: Sokon Village Council – Construction of nursery school

2004: Tanzanian Children’s Fund – Orphanage construction

2004: Loliondo Secondary School – Textbooks, lab equipment, computers, and generator

2006: TWIGA Primary School – Construction of dormitory for 50 students, staff house, and classrooms

2006: Emanyatta Secondary School – Dormitory construction

2006: Murray Secondary School – Girls’ dormitory construction

2007: Ujamaa Community Resource Trust – Classroom and teacher housing construction

2007: Lareto Maasai Pastoralist Development Organization – Construction of two classrooms and an administrative office for Lossimingori Village

2007: Mukulat Secondary School – Dormitory construction

2008: Oldadai Village Council – Construction of two classrooms

2008: Pastoral Women’s Council – Construction of two classrooms and teacher’s house at Alalaa

2008: Mringa Secondary School – Computer lab renovation and equipment, equipment for home economics classes, and renovation of classrooms

2008: Kimnyak Secondary School – Construction of girls’ dormitory with 50 beds and other furniture