School of Agriculture
The Kibidula Agricultural school is a 2 year program that is holistic and well rounded. Not only do the students study the knowledge of organic agricultural farming, but they get their hands into the soil. There are three farm units, as we call them. They are groups of students who live, study, and work together on the farm. Each farm unit has a portion of land in which they work and harvest the bounty. The students have rooms to sleep, a kitchen, meeting place, and carpentry/tailoring shop.
Our students express much gratitude for the opportunity that Kibidula has given them.
In 2004 Kibidula started the agricultural training program (Ag School), which aims to help vulnerable youth ages 14-22, by providing a safe environment where they can learn many important skills and gain an education academically, practically, and spiritually . This school is funded primarily by Reach-Switzerland and has a basic enrollment of 45 students. The training equips them with tools that will enable them to improve the local farming economy when they return to their home villages.
An outstanding feature of this program is the educational housing unit – a dormitory adapted to the educational need of the student – designed to allow cross-cultural exposure and to facilitate agricultural production self-supplying.
School Year: August – mid June
New Intake Interviews: mid June – July
Certifications Administered: Trade test grade III to I from VETA (Vocational Education Authority of Tanzania)
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Kibidula carpentry class is in addition to the agricultural school. Many of the young men participate in the course that teaches them the valuable skill of carpentry. Carpentry is an age old profession that has its importance even today and not an inch of its significance has boiled down. The basic manual task is still done by the carpenters. With the importance and demand in carpentry, vocational courses on carpentry are imparted to make more and more people professionally established. This is just one more area which either makes these young men in more demand in the workplace, or start their own carpentry business, or provide tables, chairs, and beds for their own homes.
The Kibidula Tailoring class provides young women with skills and experience. Sewing can be used to work for a company, start a business, or provide clothes for the family. The Agricultural School Project cares deeply for the women and their empowerment. We often think about humanitarian efforts being done only by doctors, nurses, teachers, builders, etc., but really we all have a way to help, especially in creative industries.