September – July
Literacy rate (15+ years old)
Primary school – 81%
Lower secondary school – 28%
Upper secondary school – 3%
Before the Acronis School was constructed in Loongung, the nearest official school was located approximately 20km away in the neighboring village, Looltepes. Only 23% of school-age children attended classes because of the distance. The remainder stayed at home to tend their herds or await marriage – never receiving a basic education.
Loongung’s residents value education, which is why the community hired a teacher. For three years, she had conducted classes under the thorn tree planted in front of her house. The number of students continued to grow despite the lack of a school building, elevating the need for support.
To improve education in this village, the Acronis Cyber Foundation constructed a primary school in collaboration with the German non-profit FLY&HELP. The school now serves 221 Loongung children and three teachers. However, there are 600 more children in the village who have no chance to go to school. The school is overcrowded and the 16 current lavatories are not enough.
News from the project
About the country
The United Republic of Tanzania
56 million people
Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
The country’s national language is Kiswahili, but Kimassai is the language spoken in the Acronis school community
The climate varies greatly within Tanzania. In the highlands, temperatures range between 10 and 20 °C (50 and 68 °F) during the cold and hot seasons respectively. The rest of the country has temperatures rarely falling lower than 20 °C (68 °F). The hottest period extends between November and February (25–31 °C or 77–88 °F) while the coldest period occurs between May and August (15–20 °C or 59–68 °F).
Generally, the main rainy season, or the ‘long rains’, lasts from March to May. The long dry season extends from June to October. During November and December there’s another rainy season: the ‘short rains’.
Kilimanjaro National Park protects the largest free-standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, 5,895m at its peak. Numerous mammals, many of them endangered species, live in the park. It takes five to eight days at grueling altitudes to make it to the summit and back.
A very special natural phenomenon where hot water comes up. The water of this source is turquoise blue and crystal clear and invites you to take a refreshing dive.
The park area covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4,566 m. The park is small but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas. In the west, the Meru Crater funnels the Jekukumia River; the peak of Mount Meru lies on its rim. Ngurdoto Crater in the south-east is grassland. The shallow alkaline Momella Lakes in the northeast have varying algae colors and are known for their wading birds.
The first Anglican cathedral in East Africa, constructed in the 1870s by the Universities Mission to Central Africa on the site of the former slave market after slavery was officially abolished.
It was built around 1880 from the cave and connected to the seaside 2 kms away. It served as an important transit point for captured slaves to be sold to the outside world.
In 1919, the British governor of Seychelles sent a gift of four Aldabra giant tortoises to Changuu from the island of Aldabra. The species is now considered vulnerable and has been placed on the IUCN Red List by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. More tortoises, mainly juveniles, continue to be brought to the island from other locations for conservation. There is a dedicated foundation on the island which looks after the tortoises’ welfare. Visitors are able to observe and feed the tortoises.
Lake Natron is a mineral-rich soda lake. It is one of the most serene lakes in Africa and also a source of some of the most phantasmagorical photographs ever captured.
Kilimanjaro Airport: KIA Lodge, Airport Planet Lodge
Arusha: Four Points by Sheraton Arusha, Fun Retreat Resort, Hotel and Ayurveda Spa, Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spa
Zanzibar: Antonio Garden Hotel, Mizingani Seafront Hotel, Park Hyatt Zanzibar
Places to eat
Zanzibar: Beach House Zanzibar, Secret Garden
Arusha: The Baobab Restaurant at African Tulip
Best souvenirs from the country
Arusha handcrafted leather items (belts, shoes, wallets, handbags, etc.), tanzanite (it is cheaper in Arusha because it is mined there), kanga and kitenge, wood carvings and sculptures, paintings, ceramic art and pottery, artifacts, stone carvings, jewelry and beadwork, music instruments, glassware from recycled glass from Shanga shops in Arusha, woven items, masks, spices
Proposed one week tour
Day 1: Arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Kikuletwa Hotsprings
Day 2: Kilimanjaro National Park
Day 3: Lake Natron
Day 4: Arusha National Park
Day 5: School visit
Day 6: Flight to Zanzibar, Stone Town. City tour (Old Fort, Anglican Cathedral, House of Wonders, Mangapwani Slave Chamber)
Day 7: Changuu Island, Tortoise Sanctuary