in Endulen village, in Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region.
The move will provide basic formal education to the children and recruit them in the modern world and get freedom from continued cattle raring activities.
The school will start in January (2014), explained Zainab Ansell, ZARA Tours Managing Director company.The pre-school has been constructed with funds from Zara Tanzania Charity, Zara Tours, Africa Safari and the Reinhold Beitlich Stiftung Foundation.
She said: “Once open, the school will not only provide education for pupils. It will also act as a home for them as it will feature a dormitory. “The pupils will be provided with clothes, as well as entertainment and health services.”
According to Ansell the ultimate goal is to provide Maasai children with the opportunity to attend preschool where “they will hopefully learn a life-long love of education, gain early exposure to a classroom and begin cultivating skills. “Ideally, the pupils will learn both Kiswahili and English while becoming better prepared for their primary school education.
“The hope is that having the opportunity to attend preschool will not only aid pupils with their future educational efforts, but also encourage them to stay in school longer; simultaneously.
The hope is that the early education of the children will also encourage community and parental support for formal education later on, she explained.
According to Ansell the company would be contributing 20 per cent of the total cost of the school and “is proud to be working with partners to bring the Maasai pre-school to the community.”
Zara Tanzania Adventures (Zara Tours), founded in 1987, is currently one of the leading Mt Kilimanjaro outfitters in Tanzania and the largest safari operators in the country.
Zara Tours owns and operates two hotels and three tented camps, has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish.
It also has a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or trek up Mt Kilimanjaro.
SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY