Orkeeswa School is a community-based secondary school located in Orkeeswa Village, an under-served Maasai community in rural Tanzania. The school serves four villages, covering an area of approximately 32 square-kilometers with a total population of over 10,000 individuals. By providing free education within the village, in a country where less than a quarter of the population has access to secondary school, Orkeeswa offers the only opportunity for most of our students to continue their education past the primary level.
Since 2008, Orkeeswa School has grown out of an organic process of experimentation in collaboration with local leadership. As a result, we have developed a model of holistic education, responding to the specifc needs of our students and their community.
CHALLENGES WITH EDUCATION IN TANZANIA
In Tanzania, less than 25% of students have access to secondary school. In rural areas, just 3% overall and less than 1% of girls access Advanced-Level education, the lowest in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Primary and secondary schools across the country lack essential resources, including teachers, books, food, and water. Extracurricular programs are essentially non-existent.
Secondary schools in Tanzania use a boarding school model, removing students from their homes and create a lack of educated, local leaders who remain connected to their community.
FREE & CO-ED
We select students based on merit and need, with the majority unable to afford secondary school. Further, in a community where nearly all girls are forced into early marriages directly out of primary school, we offer a co-educational environment where girls learn and lead alongside boys.
Orkeeswa is more than a school; our students receive high quality academics, robust extra-curricular programming, individualized student wellness services, and community-based learning with equal emphasis on each aspect of our program.
As a day school, our students live and learn within their village, allowing them to serve their community immediately, while preparing them for a life of leadership. Using the community as a classroom, our students learn practical skills while collaborating with community members.
THE BEST LEADERS ARE WELL-ROUNDED.
They are able to think creatively, inspire and motivate community members, and apply actionable solutions to complex problems. Our goal is to create opportunities for our students to become the best possible voices for change in their communities. The Orkeeswa Model is dedicated to nurturing students' overall development while maintaining the highest academic standards.
THE ORKEESWA MODEL
Orkeeswa is more than a school. It is a community of citizens committed to a belief in human potential and the power of inspired leadership. By focusing on high-quality education, Orkeeswa School has become the catalyst for community-driven change in the surrounding villages. Our impact emanates from a deep and holisitc investment in our students and staff, reaching hundreds of families and thousands of primary school students.