Amahoro Secondary School
Amahoro is the Kihaa word for Peace. Kihaa is the local tribal language of the Haa people who inhabit the five incorporated villages. When Rai met with the chief and the council, she asked that they consider using a Kihaa name for the school to represent the solidarity among the Haa people and to celebrate their cultural and therein, linguistic identity. Amahoro – which not only means peace, is a local greeting.
The local community chose a beautiful piece of land central to the Mgaraganza village and donated the land to Project Wezesha as the site for Amahoro Secondary School. The site for the school is a hilltop adjacent to the well-known Gombe National Park where Jane Goodall began her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees.
School Building Plan
Phase I - 2010 (Update)
Phase II – 2011
- Complete the classrooms for Form 2
- Complete a teachers’ lounge
- Begin construction on teacher housing
- Build student and teacher latrines
Phase III - 2012
- Complete the classrooms for Form 3
- Continue with teacher housing
Phase IV – 2013
- Complete the classrooms for Form 4
- Complete teacher housing
Fortunately, there is a well at the base of the hill upon which the school will be built. A pump and piping will be installed in 2011 to ensure that running water is available for the teachers and students. The tank has already been built.
Amahoro Secondary School will not be a private institution. It will be a public school, run by the government. This means that the Tanzanian government will staff the school with qualified, licensed teachers. The government will also collect school fees as it does for all secondary schools in the country. The Ministry of Education in Kigoma supports this project.