Providing a free one year course in English, Business and Vocational Skills.
At Give A Heart To Africa, we run a free Adult Education Centre where disadvantaged women learn basic business skills. We offer classes in English, business, and vocational skills. The school runs Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon (local time). Each class is taught by a volunteer (or volunteers) in combination with a local Tanzanian teacher.
English is the (unofficial) second language of Tanzania. The language is required in many jobs, especially if people will interact with tourists. The students we accept into our school come with varying levels of English. Tanzanians speak different amounts of the language largely depending on how much schooling they have had previously.
At GHTA, we divide our students into three groups. Group 1 has limited or no knowledge of the English language. Group 2 and 3 have a basic or good grasp of the language. We teach the same core curriculum in both classes, however, the pace and progress is different. Group 1 relies more heavily on our Tanzanian English teacher to explain concepts and the students require more practice. This group moves more slowly through the curriculum and learns the basics of English within six months. Group 2 and 3 are able to move more quickly through the lessons and to learn more, and more difficult, English concepts.
In all 3 groups, we incorporate conversation classes. These classes allow the students to practice having conversations in English and try out the concepts they have learned in class that week. These conversation classes are wonderful for our students and our volunteers to learn more about each other’s lives and cultures.
In the business class, students learn the basic concepts of business. The curriculum was developed from business and marketing classes and textbooks in Canada and tailored specifically for the realities of business in Tanzania. The students learn the basics of accounting, sales, and marketing in their classes. Students also have to write a Business Plan and a Marketing Plan during the course, and have to execute 3 hands-on assignments. The business curriculum is structured to equip students with enough knowledge to help them start a small business.
Based on volunteers’ experience and skills, our students learn various hands on skills which they can turn into a career or small business upon graduation. Currently, we are teaching the students how to make various arts and crafts, soaps, candles, tie dye fabrics… We very much welcome when volunteers come and share their unique skills with our students and our students appreciate it as well.