How Mayiga turned his school into a mixed farm 

Mayiga examines some of the water pipes used for irrigation.  Photos/Michael J Ssali

What you need to know:

  • The coffee trees which were planted just a year ago have already born fruits and the school will be harvesting coffee in June next year which is really amazing. Normally, it takes two or three years for a coffee tree to begin fruition.

In his essay, “Education for Self-Reliance” Julius K Nyerere, departed former president of Tanzania, emphasised the importance of schools providing knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will benefit the students when they go out to live in their communities. 
He wrote: “This means that all schools, but especially secondary schools and other forms of higher education, must contribute to their own upkeep; they must be economic communities as well as social and educational communities. Each school should have as an integral part of it a farm or workshop which provides the food eaten by the community, and makes some contribution to the total national income.”


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