Earlier this month, Co-Founders William and Sara Modest and Headmaster Telesphory Kafuba were joined by students, faculty, and staff for the official grand opening and dedication of the new Precious Leaders High School.
This is an exciting development for our Precious students, as well as the entire community. When Precious Leaders High School reaches full capacity, it will offer six years of secondary education for up to 550 students. This will ensure that our students are educated with a strong foundation for success.
One important goal for the school is to serve children from the poorest families as access to quality education is an important contributor to poverty reduction. Precious plans to support 50% of its student body under full sponsorship, with another 25% receiving partial tuition support. Another significant objective is to recruit and retain girls by providing them with a safe and supportive learning environment. Evidence has shown that one of the most effective ways of reducing early marriage and pregnancy in Tanzania is to provide girls with good secondary education and protection from gender-based violence.
The building of the secondary school is the largest Precious has undertaken. This private co-educational boarding school located in the Arumeru district of Tanzania includes a two-story academic building that houses 16 classrooms, 72 dormitory rooms, a technology lab, a library, and administrative offices. Three science labs and a nurse’s office are co-located in an adjacent building. Next to the high school is the largest of the two Precious farms. The farms contribute significantly to helping Precious move toward self-sustainability, nourishing our community, and connecting our students through hands-on learning about agriculture best practices.
"As the school’s name suggests, 'Precious Leaders High School' we are confident that one day we will produce committed and hardworking individuals who lead our nation to its promised land." said William Modest.
Celebrating International Day of Education
Today, January 24th we celebrate International Day of Education with the theme “Changing Course, Transforming Education”.International Day of Education is recognized in commemoration of the role of education for peace and development. “In several ways, this appreciation stands side by side with our mission to offer high-quality education and care to orphaned and vulnerable children in rural Tanzania,” said Elliot Kronstein, President of US Operations for Precious Project.
“Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth, and adults behind. Today, 258 million children and youth still do not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school, and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.” International Day of Education UNESCO, 24 Jan. 2022
Precious Project stands with great honor to acknowledge our outstanding accomplishments over the past 11 years. “As we celebrate the International Day of Education under the theme; ‘Changing Course, Transforming Education, “Precious Leaders High School students and Precious English Medium Primary school students celebrate the day by being academically committed to their future and the future of their communities,” said co-founder William Modest.
"In these exceptional times, business as usual is no longer an option. If we are to transform the future, if we are to change course, we must rethink education. This means forging a new social contract for education, as called for by the UNESCO report on the Futures of Education, released last November. We need to repair past injustices and orient the digital transformation around inclusion and equity. And we need education to fully contribute to sustainable development – for instance, by integrating environmental education in all curricula and by training teachers in this field." - Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, on the occasion of International Day of Education 2021.
Interview with Mr. Telesphory Kafuba, Headmaster of the Precious Leaders High School
Precious US: Congratulations on your new position as Head Teacher at Precious Leaders High School. What was your initial reaction when you received the news? Kafuba: Actually, I was shocked after receiving the news of being appointed the Head Teacher of Precious Leaders High School. I responded positively and started reacting after thinking that they have trusted me to take the position of being Head of the School. I found myself working hard on preparations for the upcoming Precious Leaders Secondary School.
Precious US: When did you decide you wanted a career in Education? Was there a life-changing event or an individual who inspired you to become a teacher? Kafuba: In 2005, my sister (who is also a teacher) struggled to make sure I continued my education. By that time, I started Senior One at Mother Kevin Senior Secondary School and was inspired by my sister and other teachers who received me. I thought deeply about those teachers and the love they shared with me. As time went on, teachers were offering seminars about career guidance. By the time I reached Senior Four, my teachers prepared the seminar concerning career guidance whereby two teachers insisted I consider a career in education. This led me to understand that becoming a teacher can lead to great change in the world.
Precious US: You joined Precious English Medium Primary School faculty in 2017 and served as Assistant Head Teacher. What qualities have you observed make the best teachers? Kafuba: It is important for teachers to be creative, as it will help with teaching students to pursue their studies well. From my observations, the best teachers are those who prevail love to their pupils and show them the ways they can change their lifestyle in a positive manner. Teachers are to act as an example to their students for improving their daily life activities. Precious English Medium Primary School teachers have been implementing these qualities to improve on academic performance and have had success.
Precious US: During your tenure at PEMS, the school ranked first in the District. What do you believe contributed to this achievement? Kafuba: This achievement was attributed to the teachers’ commitments to the overall goals and objectives that they set each year. Additionally, the positive spirit of teamwork from the administration and staff leads the Precious English Medium Primary School to achieve good results.
Precious US: As Head Teacher of Precious Leaders High School, what are your priorities in its first year of operation? Kafuba:My priorities are as follows:
To set and strengthen the objectives for leading our new students, new teachers, and staff for enhancing the growth of Precious Leaders High School.
To raise our goals that target academic performance ultimately attributing to good educational outcomes and results. In the future, we earn recognition for earning the first position in the region and to be recognized for national accomplishments.
Conduct educational seminars for our teachers to enhance their teaching techniques and learning processes for the students.
Promoting career guidance to our students during their first year of secondary education will bring positive outcomes for their future. This will help shape the future for our students so they can start preparing themselves as their school years progress.
I believe that together with teachers, staff, and the support of our dedicated donors, we will make our younger students be the WINNERS and LEADERS of tomorrow.
Precious US: Among the classes you have taught is Geography. If you could take your students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, would it be? Kafuba:Students like listening, watching, and asking questions after learning about the various parts of the world. Field trips appeal to students and widen their understanding of the lesson. As a geography teacher, I recommend that students participate in field trips, ultimately increasing their curiosity about the world.
Can you help Naza find a sponsor for her secondary education? As we acknowledge International Day of Education and recognize the importance of quality education, we present a sponsorship opportunity to support one of our dedicated secondary school students.
Naza is a straight-A student, who just graduated from Precious English Medium School. She looks forward to being among the first to attend Precious Leaders High School. Naza lives with her parents and a young sister. Her parents are jobless, which has made it difficult for them to provide the most basic needs for the family. Naza aspires to become a doctor. She loves cooking and volleyball.
Sponsorship would help Naza earn her secondary education and have a future as bright as she is!
The mission of Precious Project is to offer high-quality education and care to orphaned and vulnerable children in rural Tanzania. With this mission, Precious has undertaken five model projects in a rural Tanzanian village.