Support urgently required
As the government doesn't provide the school with sufficient support, it requires aid in many respects. At the moment, it is not possible to run the school properly. Currently, three teachers are employed by the school, whereby one of them cannot teach for health-related reasons. These three teachers try desperately to manage the work of eight or nine teachers. Lack of teaching staff is already a major problem in Tanzania generally. Last year, a huge wave of teachers went into retirement, however the government did not replace them. However, it's not that Shimbwe doesn't have enough trained teaching staff, but rather that there's not enough resources for the school to employ them directly. Thanks to direct investment, the local government and the educational committee have been asked to increase the pupil-teacher ratio.
Despite the precarious financial situation, the staff and local council are very much involved and make a huge effort to ensure the smooth running of the school, given the circumstances. The organisation, C-re-aid, is of the opinion that this project requires financial support - for one, to increase the number of teachers, for another, to improve the quality of the school food. In addition, a combination of reconstruction and renovation is required to improve the school's infrastructure. Most in need of repair are the loos, dining room, teaching staff housing, kitchen and the class rooms.