I will live and work in Mgaraganza, Tanzania. I recently learned that in Tanzanian, primary school is taught in Swahili. Secondary school is taught in English. However, not all of the teachers are proficient in English, and many of the students understand it. The government standard is 40 students to one teacher, but due to a lack of teachers and classrooms, at times there are 120 students to one teacher.
A report from a university student from the United States conducting ethnographic research in Mgaraganza stated that the teachers had the following amount of experience: “5 months, 5 months, 4 yrs, 5 yrs, 7 yrs, 5 months, 5 months, 8 yrs, 2 yrs.” Even the most skilled English as a Second Language teacher, with years of experience, would have a difficult time meeting the needs of a classroom full of 120 students. These students need more than more teachers. They need chairs to sit on, desks to work out, pencils to write with, paper to take notes. There are so many needs in this world.