Wataalam Group braces school committees in Gairo

The Wataalam Group, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) based in Gairo has managed to transform school operations in the district by providing training to teachers on best governance practices. The CSO received funding from Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) to implement a project on Public Expenditure Tracking Systems (PETS) in Education.

Through that project, Wataalam Group managed to train school committees’ members on how to discharge their duties effectively. Previously, teachers and citizens in Gairo District had little understanding on roles and responsibilities of schools committees in supporting school management.

The Head Teacher of Kitende Chigongwe Primary School in Chigongwe ward, Mr. Amiri Saidi Kichombaki said that his school had a school committee which was not aware of its responsibilities and as a result teachers had to perform all school activities.

“It was difficult to seek assistance from the school committee without members asking for allowances. But as a result of the training conducted by Wataalam Group, things have changed,” he says.

Mr. Kichombaki says that school committee members have changed their attitude and they have realized the need to participate in the school’s welfare. He added that school committee members attend meetings without asking for allowances.

According to Mr. Kichombaki, the strengthened school's committees have helped teachers to focus more on academic issues and it has had a positive impact on the performance of students in Gairo. Also, citizens have increased their participation in supporting schools’ welfare.

In Chigongwe ward, citizens have started to build two teachers’ houses and two classrooms without any support from the government. In addition, citizens have started making bricks that will be used to construct more teachers’ houses.

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