Isange is mainly agricultural and the population is growing. Access is improving with a sealed road from Tukuyu now 20km from the village. Internet and mobile phone coverage is good, electricity is available in many areas.
“The government’s implementation of high-impact health programmes such as routine immunization, Vitamin A supplementation, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and improved management of common childhood illnesses, has saved the lives of thousands of children across the country. * – (https://www.unicef.org/tanzania/maternal_child_health.html)
The new medical center in Isange offers obstetrics and newborn care and is one of the few in regional Tanzania that will. Few births in rural areas are assisted by skilled professionals. The number of women in rural areas pregnant with their first child by the age of 18 has increased, now almost 1 in 3, compared to 1 in 5 in major cities. Having a child disqualifies a girl from returning to education so it impacts their future development and options.
All schools in the region are government schools with several primary but only two secondary. Education is ‘free’, eliminating parent contributions which previously went towards maintenance and learning materials. Schools are allowed to raise funds but not ask parents for assistance.
From 2021 the primary school exam to gain entry into secondary school is abolished. An influx of children is expected at that level with many unprepared for an English language-based education. The Government commits to providing all girls with an education which puts extra pressure on resources as they are particularly vulnerable to abuse and have different health needs to boys.
Central curriculum management includes recalling and issuing new learning materials but with logistics lacking, schools may not receive them, or not in time, to adequately prepare students for the exams based on this new content.
Central distribution of school funding includes pre-determined allocation and time frames which do not consider individual school needs. Funding also does not include anything for computers or printers.
There are no further learning opportunities in Isange past secondary. For vocational and tertiary studies, young people leave the area and board. HOPE wants to make a difference here and offer local training and skill development, and create local sustainable income streams. These are long-term goals and driven also by Community needs and volunteer participation.
Mainly agriculture, some small shops for daily essentials and food vendors. Most services and goods come from Tukuyu (30km away, mostly grated road). Tourism is non-existent. The large Lutheran Training Centre offers accommodation, a large hall and is well-run but under-utilised.
Small business development in particular for women
Small scale training – computer, English, business, trades
Healthcare – projects, research
Machinery to produce finished products from local crops or resources
Tourism – walking and history trails, residential programs
Small business investment
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