Manyara Ranch Primary School

Rebuilding educational facilities in Tanzania

Tags: Elephant Shrew, Fischer's Lovebird, Vervet Monkey, Zebra, Tanzania, Maasai Steppe, East Africa, Primary Education, Land-Use Planning

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  • Manyara Ranch Primary School Craig R Sholley
  • Manyara Ranch Primary School Billy Dodson
Descriptions & Plan

The Maasai School was dangerously dilapidated.

The school formerly located on Manyara Ranch was dilapidated, having seen no physical maintenance or repair in more than 20 years. Its buildings were shabby and lacking electricity and a proper water-distribution system.

Additionally, the school itself was located in an important wildlife corridor, which meant that students shared their schoolyard with elephants, lions, and other wildlife, disrupting classes and endangering students. Despite all these impediments, students at this school consistently ranked among the best in Tanzania.

A new school free of wildlife interruptions. 

It was with this knowledge that African Wildlife Foundation partnered with the Annenberg Foundation, the local school district, and the community to build an entirely new school campus on the perimeter of the ranch. At the Manyara Ranch Primary School, students are now able to study in facilities that include fully equipped classrooms, dormitories, a cafeteria, IT lab, and infirmary. Meanwhile, since the location of the school has moved, elephants, buffalo, and lions no longer disrupt students’ quest for an education.  

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