Tumshangilieni is primarily a school. We aim to provide the best possible primary and secondary school education and when possible send the children to university or technical college. We believe that education is the most important weapon against poverty and repression.
Tumshangilieni mtoto school runs from baby class to class eight. The children get education like any other child in our country. We follow the 8-4-4 system of education. The school is run and managed by an able team of thirteeen teachers who ensure that the children get quality education. In our school we have incorporated children from kibagare and it’s environs who are needy and lack finances to study free and also offer breakfast and lunch for them. This has helped to reduce the number of street children in Westland constituency. In the new building, the Shangilia children are taught from kindeschool.
Most secondary schools are boarding schools in Kenya.
Most secondary schools are looking for children with the best possible grades to be able to advertise themselves with the highest possible score. That means, only good students get to go to a good secondary school and only graduates of good schools have the chance to later study or get a good job.
The four-year boarding school is associated with high costs for Shangilia. A place in the boarding school all inclusive costs are about €800 per child per year. Fees alone are €500. This includes school fees, school uniforms, learning material and transport costs.
University and College
Medicine, law, special education and IT, these are the subjects that have been chosen by the most gifted children so far.
We have many great success stories showing that good pedagogical work with the children can offset a bad start in life. 12 youngsters from Shangilia have taken the leap to university so far. Because of their good performance, two students received a Kenyan scholarship.
If the results of the final exam are good enough for attending a secondary school, the Shangilia children switch to a secondary school.
Subsequently, the young people either begin vocational training or, when their school results are outstanding, they can complete a university degree.
The costs for vocational training or studies are partly reimbursed by the young people, as soon as they have found a job.
Shangilia’s students are usually able obtain a loan from the state after the first year of study. In addition, they reduce the study fees by doing part time work within the university administration. In addition, they undertake to reimburse part of the fees paid by Shangilia if they earn enough money later in the profession of their choice.
This money flows back into the project. As with a generational contract, the young people take some responsibility for Shangilia and the children who come after them.