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Tanzania, Loongung
Acronis Primary School Loongung in Tanzania
Construction period: Jul – Oct 2018

Facts

Type of facility

A school building with two classrooms and 16 toilets

Students

221

Budget

€36,668

NGO partner

Education

Academic year

September – July

Literacy rate (15+ years old)

77.9 %

Attendance rate

Primary school – 81%
Lower secondary school – 28%
Upper secondary school – 3%

Project implementation

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

Acronis Cyber Foundation opens its first computer…
The Acronis Cyber Foundation recently completed the construction of a computer classroom in the Terrat Secondary School, about 80km from the…
The first Acronis computer classroom is ready!
We are pleased to share that the first Acronis computer classroom is ready and opened this week! This Phase Two improvement program is part of…
Construction has begun on the first Acronis computer…
The Acronis Cyber Foundation firmly believes that to succeed in the modern world, one must be able to read, write, count, speak English, and be…
COVID-19: Update on the country situation in our schools
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of children and their families as schools health systems buckle, borders close, and schools and…

About the country

Country

The United Republic of Tanzania

Capital city

Dodoma

Population

56 million people

Currency

Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

Major languages

The country’s national language is Kiswahili, but Kimassai is the language spoken in the Acronis school community

Travel information

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’.

Travel tips

Hotel recommendations

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

Taxi

Zanzibar: Zanzibar Transport, ZTrans
Arusha: Tarimo Taxi Service
Kilimanjaro: Kilimanjaro Taxi

Travel agencies

Kenny Africa Travel

Interpreting services

Upwork

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

Help by donating
If you believe in our mission and want to make an impact, you can support the Acronis Schools Initiative