Shade School is Thriving
In January of 2021, Shade School opened its doors for a second year.
Students from our local area enrolled in two classes, a baby class and a middle class. Aged from three to four years, students attend a half-day of school where they are taught in English, eat breakfast, get a healthy afternoon snack, and take a much-needed nap! In addition to the core subjects of English, Math, and Science, students participate in music, art, Bible, and sports classes as well.
Shade School is key to actualizing the vision God gave for holistic care to vulnerable children. We believe that education is foundational to poverty alleviation and setting children on a path towards their destinies.
Our plan is to grow the school year after year, continuing to add classes until we have a complete primary school. When our latest construction is complete, Shade will apply for its primary school registration so that we can begin welcoming students beyond the preschool age.
Wonder why you see few children with albinism in our photos? Read the strategic plan for our school here.
How We Got Started
The Tanzanian government has set up centers throughout Tanzania to protect children with albinism. Parents take their children to these centers out of fear for their safety or because they do not want them. For three and a half years, Shade served these children at a center in Shinyanga.
Shade launched two preschool classrooms in 2015 at the center after seeing education for the youngest as one of the greatest needs. In our classrooms, we provided supplies like books, clothes, and uniforms. We brought healthy food to help supplement the children’s diet. We sang with them and taught them the love of Jesus through the Bible.
In 2018, after a policy change at the center which meant that preschool-aged children were no longer accepted, Shade concluded our preschool services. While we were sad about this change, we continue to be thankful that many preschoolers received a good start to their education and were loved and cared for by Shade during those years. When Shade began our preschool, we knew that this would only be a temporary program.