About Today’s Guest Lucy Obod
The Kutamani Foundation
Director/Chairwoman of The Kutamani Foundation, a small grassroots organization that is working to improve education for both children and teachers in Tanzania.
Lucy started this organization at 20 years old, after volunteering back in 2018 and working on a three-year project to construct a school in Tanzania. She fell in love with the children and the amazing, colourful community.
In Tanzania, access to education for disadvantaged children is greatly challenged, particularly in light of COVID-19, and we want to work to change this, as she strongly believe education is the foundation of ending poverty.
At The Kutamani Foundation we are working alongside 4 qualified educators here in Australia to develop a ‘teacher outreach/upskill’ program, which is centered around the Tanzanian curriculum. It’s designed to provide the 60% of underqualified teachers in Tanzania with teaching and learning concepts that can be applied in any classroom setting.
One of Tanzania’s biggest issues within education is the lack of quality education due to teacher skill sets, a lack of resources, and large student to teacher ratios. The whole purpose of this program is to have a broader outreach, by trying to improve the standard of education in grassroots schools, which have fallen between the cracks. We are one of the very few organizations working to tackle this issue.