Education the Mainsprings WayFebruary 7, 2018 8:45 pm
There are many things about Mainsprings that are different from other organizations around the world. For one, the diversity and holistic nature of our programs are extensive. After all, who would be crazy enough to run a school, clinic, girls’ home, permaculture and lodge all at the same time (and think about replicating it all). But, when you dive into each of these individual programs, there are several things that set us apart as well. Over these next couple of months, we are going to offer a series of blogs to help highlight some of these differences in our various ‘pillars’. And today, we are going to uncover just a few things that make our educational programs here at Mainsprings so unique…
1. We hire local teachers! While this is a common thing to do in the West, many international organizations struggle with this. On one hand, the traditional teaching methodologies across East Africa can have their limitations, but bringing in international teachers pretty much means they will only be around for a little while. At Mainsprings, we
2. We use extracurricular programs! Again, this is a common thing in pretty much any school here in the US and Western countries, but so often in Tanzania, schools are simply focused on passing the national exams (for good reason: if they don’t pass- they can’t continue their education). But, we feel it important to let children of all ages explore things other than the core academic
3. Technology! When people first visit our flagship campus in Kitongo, many times they are shocked at how remote we are (our mission is to alleviate rural extreme
4. Hands on learning! From the fun art activities and learning to write letters in the
5. The whole student! Similar to the way we approach extracurricular programs and other things unique about our school, we believe that just teaching the core academic subjects to our students isn’t enough. It simply won’t prepare them for life after school. It won’t help them know how to be good citizens who contribute to society. It won’t help them to know when to stand up for themselves. That is why we have the Office of Student Development (OSD), led by the amazing Mr. Samo, devoted to helping developing “the whole student”. From running the extracurricular programs, to implementing our adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs, to conducting our community service programs, and to tutoring struggling students- our entire OSD team is devoted to making sure that all of our students are compassionate, well-rounded citizens, able to make a difference in their own society.
While we could go on and on about other things that are unique with our educational programs, these are just a handful of the most important differences. Stay tuned for more blogs in the coming weeks about our other programs and even more ways Mainsprings stands a step ahead!
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