About Tamani Foundation
Tamani Learning Center (TLC) is an early childhood, primary & adult education initiative on the island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania. In January 2012, TLC started by focusing on bridging the education gap caused by a lack of emphasis placed on early education in the Zanzibar school system by establishing a nursery school for children ages 4 to 6. In tandem in 2012, TLC also launched an adult education initiative to bring the benefits of an education to both generations beginning in January 2012. In January 2016 TLC’s will begin our next endeavor, opening a Primary school, starting with grades 1 and 2.
Today the Tanzanian national school system is structured as follows:
Primary School: grades 1 to 7, starting age 7. Curriculum language – Kiswahili
Secondary School: grades 8 to 12, starting age 13. Curriculum language – English
Children are losing valuable time during key developmental years by not receiving any education before the age of seven. The public school curriculum does not include any English language courses for the duration (7 years) of their primary schooling. When entering secondary school at grade eight students are taught in only English; having never been offered any English language classes. This change results in a staggering 49% dropout rate.
At Tamani Learning Center we are striving to help improve the success of our students by providing early childhood education programs and access to an English immersion nursery and primary education.