Karibuni Choba! Welcome to Choba!
Children of Choba was registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales in 2010 (Reg. no. 1138096) to help the many bright and beautiful children in Choba and the surrounding villages have a better start in life. Our main task is to run Choba English Medium Primary and Nursery Schools where we aim to provide the highest possible standards of teaching and facilities. Unlike most Tanzanian primary schools which teach in Swahili, we teach in English. All Tanzanian secondary schools teach all subjects in English from the very first day, and consequently many students drop out early on because they just don’t understand the language. The aim of our school is to provide the best possible primary education in English so the children are in a position to fulfill their academic potential when they get to secondary school. We also find sponsors to enable the most academically gifted children attend some of the top secondary schools in Tanzania.
Choba is a small hamlet on the coast of northern Tanzania in Pangani District, Tanga Region. It has an adult population of just over 300 with the majority struggling to survive way below the poverty line by subsistence farming and fishing. This area is at least 50 years, in development terms, behind the better known parts of Tanzania such as Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
Children of Choba Primary and Nursery School - Impact
Choba Nursery School opened in 2008 and Class 1 of our primary school started a year later. We added a classroom every year until our final seventh classroom opened in January 2015. After our first 5 years of having a complete school we are now firmly established in the top 10% of all primary schools in Tanzania despite doing the exams in English (which is obviously much harder for the children) and being in one of the least developed districts.
The aim of our school is already being fulfilled. Our founder members who started at Nursery in 2008 sat their O levels in November 2019 and their results were fantastic! Of our 22 students, an amazing 6 got Division 1 (27% of the class compared with 4% nationally), 3 (14%) got Division 2 (12% nationally), 5 (23%) got Division 3 (16% nationally) and 8 (36%) got Division 4 (49% nationally). Nobody from Choba failed! (19% nationally). All those with Divisions 1, 2 and 3 will go on to A level - 64% from Choba as opposed to 32% nationally. Never before has anyone from Choba hamlet got good enough results to do A levels and now there are 5, all girls! Congratulations to them all, especially Amina and Asha who were the best performing students with 5 As and 2 Bs in their best 7 subjects. If all goes according to plan, from just this first class there will be 4 doctors, 2 engineers and 2 lawyers!
At Children of Choba Primary and Nursery School we are offering a very high class education at minimal cost to the parents. They pay according to ability but the average is £6 a month at the Primary School and £3 at the Nursery School. Orphans, those who are HIV positive and those with extremely challenging home lives pay nothing. The actual cost of running the school is £12 per month per child (primary) and £4 (nursery). Children of Choba therefore needs £6 per month to finance the education of each primary school student and £1 per month for each nursery school student.