A Milestone Achievement for So They Can


We are thrilled to announce that the Mamire Teachers’ Training College in Tanzania has just ranked No.1 in the country, beating all other 78 public and private teacher training colleges across the whole of Tanzania.

This huge, collaborative achievement is being celebrated across the board, with Terri Anderson, our Tanzanian Country Director, currently on a very special visit to the College.

“This ranking means so much to us, for so many reasons.  In 2012 when So They Can proposed a Teachers’ Training College in Mamire in rural Tanzania, the dream was to build a centre of learning excellence, and now after only four years of operation the College has been ranked first for academic performance across Tanzania”, said Terri Anderson, Country Director Tanzania.

The Mamire Teachers’ College, located in the Babati District of Tanzania, was established in 2012, in collaboration with Babati District Council, Manyara Region, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Rotary, after we were introduced to the critical need for education in rural Tanzania by So They Can Chairman, Peter Hunt AM.

“The College is situated in a very poor rural area of Tanzania.  Whilst the educational infrastructure is challenging, the biggest weakness that we identified was the lack of adequate teacher training needed to provide the children with quality education and therefore a chance to build a better future.  So They Can clearly had the right expertise to implement this challenging project.”  — Peter Hunt AM

Today, the college graduates up to 100 quality teachers per year, all of whom progress into employment within rural schools throughout the country. This sustainable education initiative is the first of its kind in Tanzania, helping to successfully reduce the teacher to student ratio, which sits as high as one teacher to every 150 pupils.

We are incredibly proud of all our partners, stakeholders, and the College staff who have worked together to create an environment where the students can excel. Most of all, we are proud of the students who have achieved this No.1 ranking. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, which has made this incredible achievement possible.

A Message From Our CEO

“So They Can was a theoretical concept 10 years ago.  To see our Aberdare School students in Kenya achieve a 100% transition to secondary school last year and now our Mamire Teachers’ College ranking first nationally, out of 79 public and private colleges, evidences that we are achieving our objective of empowering some of the poorest children in Africa through education.” — Cassandra Treadwell

Thank you once again for your essential support. Together we are changing lives through the power of education.