In the spring of 2019, Shade launched an after-school education outreach for children in our community. We have trained and experienced teachers on staff and anticipate building relationships with our new neighbors and beginning to be a presence in the community.
The Education Outreach is making an impact on elementary school-aged children through academic support, fun, health and hygiene training, and the love of Jesus. By exposing children to the truths of albinism at a young age, we also hope to shape their views towards love and value of every person, regardless of skin color.
This program will be the first step in building towards our vision of having a primary school. In 2020, we will add a playgroup, followed by a nursery school class the following year. During this time, we will begin the process of obtaining a primary school license with the goal of starting a Standard One (equivalent of first grade) class in 2022. Our long-range plan is to add an additional primary class level each school year up to Standard Seven.
All of SHADE’s work in Tanzania has been done with the ultimate goal of building this vision, so we are thrilled to get started through the Education Outreach!