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Challenges for Zanzibar Steiner School

The cost of providing a quality education is high and the investment per student at Zanzibar Steiner School is about $2000 per year – minor compared to the same standard in developed countries. Our disadvantaged students need the best possible education we can give them to overcome barriers and succeed in life. Fortunately, some of our students are supported by sponsorships given by generous donors from around the world. However, many are still seeking sponsors who can contribute to the cost of their education. Finding sponsors and donors for students remains a challenge for Zanzibar Steiner School.


The average income in Zanzibar is about $1 per day, and with large numbers of children per family, many live in poverty. Most of our students are from these extremely disadvantaged backgrounds. When families are struggling with food insecurity education becomes a low priority.

Quality of Education

In Zanzibar, disadvantaged students enter Grade One with little or no basic literacy and numeracy skills. Opportunities for them to receive the individual attention they need to catch up are limited. Without a quality early years foundation, learning gaps become insurmountable in later grades leading to high drop out rates or ineffective education. In this situation the future for these children is bleak with a lifetime of dependence, unemployment or low skilled labour.


Some of our students have been clinically diagnosed with stunted growth due to malnutrition. Many eat only white bread and tea for their evening meal, most do not eat breakfast, and many go hungry. If infants and young children do not receive adequate nutrition, they will never reach their full level of intelligence. This also contributes to learning difficulties.

Family Struggles

Women in low income brackets have very little or even no education. Many of our students’ mothers or aunties struggle to prioritise their children’s need to be in school every day, to arrive on time, to be clean, and to be fed and loved to thrive.


In the Kiswahili culture, an orphan is defined as a child without a father because fathers are the likely providers in the family. Widows are often left with many children to raise on their own and cannot afford an education or medical care for their children.


Under conditions where teachers have limited resources to deal with large class sizes, there is little ability for quality teaching and attention to basic student learning needs. Quality learning opportunities are near impossible.

As we grow, we continue to need your help.

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We aim to improve educational opportunities for underprivileged Zanzibari children by providing quality education without regard to race, ethnicity, or religious belief. We promote a diverse and competitive educational environment.


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