St. Pamachius

Inclusive Secondary School 

Our Progress Report

St. Pamachius Inclusive Secondary School is the only secondary school in Tanzania where students who are cognitively sound, but have other disabilities (e.g., hearing or sight impairment, Albinism, epilepsy, or physical birth defects) can attend school along with typical students. They study and work beside each other, learn from each other, and grow into compassionate young people. This is a perfect way for typical students to learn about those with disabilities and for the those with disabilities to be treated with respect and further their education in order to one day be self-sufficient, contributing members of the Tanzanian society.

Currently we have 368 students at St Pamachius with 110 of those having some form of disability (i.e., 10-blind; 36-deaf; 46-Albanism; 18-other physical or mild cognitive disabilities such as epilepsy) who study along with 258 typical high school students. All board at the school.

Every student at St Pamachius is cognitively sound and, because St Pamachius is the only inclusive secondary school in the country, can complete secondary school and go on to either vocational training or university.

Fun Fact:  All students except the blind are required to take and master sign language during their first two years (Forms 1 and 2) at St Pamachius so that they all can communicate with each other. During lessons, one of the students in the class comes forward and signs the lecture to the others. After 10-15 minutes, another student takes the place of the one signing and continues on with the lecture, etc. Knowing and being able to use sign language is a skill that will be useful to all the students throughout their lives.

Any donation, no matter how small, if designated for St Pamachius projects, will help us continue to grow and provide an exceptional education to these very deserving students, some of whom would not be able to attend secondary school anywhere else because schools in Tanzania are not inclusive and the government provides no help for these capable kids. St Pamachius Inclusive secondary school serves as a “flagship” shining example of what Christians can do to make our world a better place for all of us.

The photos are of students studying for their Form 4 National Exams in newest science lab.

Make a difference

Any donation, large or small, will make all the difference in the life of a child in Tanzania. You can make a difference between a life lived, abandoned and forgotten on the streets and a life of promise, productivity, and love.

Where your donation goes

  • A classroom chair: $28 (US dollars)
  • A teacher’s desk: $87
  • A laptop: $360-500
  • Classroom chairs per room: $1300
  • Classroom desks per room: $2500
  • Sponsorship for a student $900 for all fees, room & board
  • Student sponsorships are available under the sponsorship menu

We need your help

As we are working on the construction of the six new classrooms, we need $24,000 to equipment them. 

Thank you for considering a donation, and thank you, as well, for your prayers.

Library under construction
Students in Classroom
Form 3 students in dining hall/classroom