STA

"Nija nzuri ya kuwapa pesa maskini ni kuwapa watoto wao Elimu iliyo bora"

"The best way to support the underprivileged is to give their children the best education possible."

- Julius Kambarage Nyerere, first President of Tanzania

 

As an English medium primary school, Steven Tito Academy (STA)’s mission is to serve the children in the local community by offering high-quality education that is taught in English and focused on individualized learning in a safe learning environment.

From the first day of school, STA students are encouraged to think critically, engage analytically, and express themselves creatively to become lifelong learners. Students learn that they do not have to accept someone else’s opinions and can think for themselves using a range of tools and strategies.

STA students are active learners supported by the curriculum, learning materials and teaching staff. STA offers the Tanzanian curriculum and supplements it with resources from around the globe using the best of Tanzanian and international teaching strategies and providing students with a safe and nurturing learning environment.

Furthermore, STA provides a high-quality education with the following approaches and services:

Individualized Learning:

Teachers recognize that each student has unique strengths and needs. They use a range of ongoing testing throughout the year to assess each learner's ability level. Teachers use this knowledge to plan lessons and units that meet the needs of each student in the class, they measure individual progress throughout the year and give parents a clear idea of how their child is progressing. They have high expectations for all students and encourage each student to achieve his or her best.

Highly Qualified Teachers:

STA’s teachers are some of the best in Tanzania, coming from all over the country to provide our students with a well-rounded education that includes science, mathematics, English, the arts, vocational skills and physical education and is tailored to each unique student. Meet the teachers.

Professional Development for Teachers:

At STA, teachers are provided with many opportunities to continue learning and developing their skills and teaching strategies. A wide range of materials and resources are available to teachers to help them plan quality lessons. Every week, teachers meet during Professional Development (PD) sessions to ensure they are receiving the support they need. 

English Medium School:

In all Tanzanian government primary schools, each subject is taught in Swahili, however, secondary schools (high schools) are taught in English. Consequently, some students struggle to adapt to an all-English language curriculum, and unfortunately can be left behind and underachieve. Our students learn English from their first day of primary school to help them be well prepared for secondary school.

Small Class Sizes:

In order to provide students with the individual attention that they need, STA has a policy of no more than 25 students per class. Small class sizes allow the teachers to get to know each student and tailor their teaching approach to the students' strengths and needs.

Safe Learning Environment:

Corporal punishment is allowed in Tanzanian schools. However, STA teachers do not hit or harm the students in any way. Our teachers and staff use positive reinforcement and encourage students to take ownership of their own behavior while still making sure the school rules are clear and fair for all students.

Group Counseling:

Group counseling was initiated by STA teachers to support students' self-awareness. Boys and girls are split into lower and upper classes to exchange ideas, concerns and challenges in the privacy of a small group of peers and their trusted teacher. This sort of interaction allows for support, caring, and confrontation that would otherwise not be possible during teaching time.

Vocational Education:

Vocational education is important as it enables students to learn extracurricular activities that can be helpful in their everyday life. Students are taught sewing, cooking, bicycle riding and repair, business, scouts, theatre, computer knowledge, and agriculture. 

Sports:

Sports are important at school as they contribute to teaching confidence, mental alertness, and self-esteem in addition to other skills like leadership, patience, teamwork, and social skills. At STA, students are taught football/soccer, volleyball, netball, athletics, and martial arts.

Nutrition:

A hungry child finds it difficult to concentrate in class and has little energy for sport, playtime or learning. All students at STA receive morning uji (Tanzanian porridge made from corn, soy, rice, millet, and peanut) and a nutritious lunch with organic fruit and veggies from our own farm. STA students are encouraged to eat healthily and to make healthy life choices when it comes to eating and exercise.

School Materials:

At STA, students are provided with stationary and multiple resources to support their learning. STA students are able to access a wide range of books that help foster a love and passion for reading. Learning resources provide students with important opportunities to practice a new skill, explore a new idea, and solve problems.

Transport:

STA provides safe transport to those students who require it. The school arranges transport either via a school bus, private van, or private car. This means all students get to school on time and get home safely.

Family Contributions:

Families of all full and partially sponsored students are asked to provide service or trade each month to the school to foster responsibility for their child's education and to involve them in the day-to-day life of the school. STA parents are valued members of the school community and they contribute in many different ways from gardening to coaching soccer or helping out in the school kitchen.

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