The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority has built two secondary schools that will now benefit local Maasai communities in the Ngorongoro Area whose children used to travel long distances in search of advanced education after completing Primary Schools.
Established at different times the two institutions include Embarway Secondary School located in the Endulen Ward and Nainokanoka Secondary, which is the latest school to be inaugurated in the Nainokanoka area. Nainokanoka Secondary, established in 2012, has started with 415 students in Forms One and Two grades that have 270 boys and 145 girls, and according to the Acting School Principal, Mr. Haji Mzee the Maasai people have been motivated to send their children to school.
The head teacher pointed out that even the girls, who in the past used to be reserved for marriage, are now attending school and their numbers keep on increasing on a daily basis. “And the 70,000/- annual school fees figure is relatively cheap, if not the cheapest in the country which means parents can now afford to send their children to school without necessarily being compelled to sell their cattle’’ he said. Even the shortage of teachers, a problem that the school faced in the past, has now been solved with the appointment of 14 new qualified tutors.
The Human Resource Officer with the Ngorongoro Pastoralists Council, Mr. Parkepu Nakuroi revealed that both Embarway and Nainokanoka Schools are being supervised by the Council with funding from the NCAA. The Pastoralist Council pays for the school vehicle’s fuel and maintenance, monthly teachers’ allowances of 70,000/- and electricity generators.
The NCAA had also donated two Land-Cruisers to be used by the schools. Nakuroi stated that their council, with assistance from the NCAA has also constructed two additional classrooms at Endulen to be used as Advanced Level streams of Form Five and Six. While more school infrastructural development projects under the NCAA are going on, the government on the other hand is supporting the institutions through providing school meals to students and paying teachers’ salaries