Funding Children’s Education

Here is the path that a child takes through the Tanzanian education system:
1. Nursery school and Kindergarten
2. Primary school for 7 years,(Standard 1-7 local)
3. Lower secondary school for 4 years, locally (Forms 1-4 local)
4. Upper secondary school, for 2 years (Forms 5-6 boarding away from home)if marks in Form 4 allow
5. If marks in Form 4 are weak then Vocational Training or College, away from home, is an option
6. University if marks in Forms 5-6 allow (2-4 years boarding away from home)


The over-riding goal of ABCD is to ensure that all of the ABCD children are able to attend school on a regular basis, and are able to reach their fullest potential. Even though the government states that education is ‘free’ in Tanzania, the list below explains what parents or care givers are still responsible for paying. The funds we raise from our various fundraising avenues are allocated as either ‘dedicated’ to a particular student or ‘non-dedicated’. All funds dedicated to a particular child are used exclusively for that child’s education and health needs. Non-dedicated funds are divided up equally amongst all the children and could be used as a source of funding other projects, e.g., school breakfast programs. We also use a small portion of the non-dedicated funds (far less than the 20% permitted by Canadian law) for administration and operating costs.

Depending on whether your donation is dedicated or non-dedicated, and on the needs of a particular child, your donation may help pay for:

  • school breakfasts
  • supplementary food if needed (maize, beans)
  • exam fees
  • tuition fees (secondary school only)
  • school photos
  • school improvement costs
  • 2 uniforms and a raincoat
  • shoes and shoe polish
  • school supplies
  • skin care cream, soap, toothpaste and brushes
  • awards for improvement in school

Looking to the Future:
Our main focus in the coming years is to ensure that we can find sufficient funds to support our increasing number of students who are succeeding in secondary school and moving on to higher (and more costly) levels of education such as A (advanced)levels in secondary school, college and university studies.