Orkolili Secondary School, TZ cuts the ribbon on New Science Labs
Madam Yohana Mcha, Director of Orkolili Scondary School, has the vision of her students graduating high school with strong foundations in the sciences and math. “With this foundation all other dreams can be achieved.” She has been working with Asante Africa toward that dream for two years. In late August, Board members from three countries – Tanzania, Kenya, and North America – came together in a small village to conduct the Inauguration of the newly completed construction of the Science Lab Facilities.
The afternoon was filled with pride, excitement, energy and enthusiasm as all students participated and actively engaged all the visiting Board members. We celebrated with student speeches, celebration song, and drama. After the more formal Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Science Labs, everyone; students, teachers, and visitors, participated in science lab experiments and explanation of how this new knowledge will carry forward “into the real world”.
Mark Newton, BOD member, expressed his views eloquently. “Before now, these young people had written words in books. They had to visualize what a chemical reaction looked like or theoretically assume how to measure the refractive index of glass. Now it is real and visible to them. The door of opportunity has just opened, and they know it.” It was energizing for all of us to see how little – new walls, equipment, benches, water and gas can have such a major life change for these young people of tomorrow’s Tanzania.
Madame Mcha has hired strong science and math teachers. Her teachers have carefully purchased new textbooks and good equipment. Now with adequate and safe scientific space and materials, the sky is the limit. The seniors confidently stated that they are going for 100% pass rate of all biology and chemistry exams this year. Everyone is excited to see the rest of the school year conclude!
The facilities and resources to improve the quality of learning inside the four walls were directly funded by many of you, dedicated donors of Asante Africa Foundation. We are grateful to your vision and belief in the foundation of education and knowledge to a path of a better life and stronger leadership.