Mtwara is the regional centre of the Mtwara Region in South Eastern Tanzania. The current population of the city is around 80,000. Mtwara has a large deep-water port that can accomodate large container ships.
The headquarters of Sports Development Aid Tanzania are located in Shangani area of Mtwara, and this is where we started our activities in 2001. This office is responsible for all the projects implemented in the Mtwara region. Also our work within twelve Teacher Training Colleges throughout Tanzania is being coordinated from our Mtwara office.
All governmental primary schools in Mtwara Region have been reconstructed or refurbished because of SDA’s first project 'Education Through Sport', active between 2003 and 2008. SDA maintained the sports facilities in 600 schools, provided sport equipment and trained 1200 teachers throughout the Mtwara Region. The Basic Education Statistics in Tanzania show that during the concluding years of the project the number of children participating in classes increased while the level of academic performance increased.
Since 2010, our Mtwara office is now focussing it's projects on girls' and women's rights, gender equality and the inclusion of girls and women to participate in sports and health education. We have also organised physical education for pupils with disabilities in local primary and secondary schools.
Lindi is located at the far end of Lindi Bay, on the Indian Ocean in south-eastern Tanzania. The town is located 450 kilometres south of the capital Dar es Salaam and 105 kilometres north of Mtwara. Lindi region is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the country. The town population is around 42,000.
SDA’s most recently established office is situated in Lindi Town. Lindi Town is located along the main road from Dar es Salaam to Mtwara.
SDA Lindi was established in the beginning of 2011 when its first project Education through Sport was implemented in the region. In cooperation with the Ministry of Local Government, SDA is rehabilitating the sports fields of all the primary schools within Lindi Region.
In addition, SDA organizes field maintenance seminars to the teachers and is providing all schools with football and netball goal posts. Sports Bonanzas have been organized in schools and the importance of basic education is promoted through sport and other events organized by SDA.
SDA has also been active in organizing Street Soccer Tournaments and other sports activities for children who, for various reasons are not in school.
Singida is one of the six districts of Singida Region in the heart of Tanzania. It borders the Ikungi District to the south and west and the Singida Rural District in the north and east. Singida is the regional centre and the population is approximately 150,000.
Singida is one of the poorest regions in Tanzania. For example, the roads to Singida are not accessible all year round however, as the infrastructure is growing and the connections to Arusha, Dodoma and Mbeya are being improved, the connections will be better.
The key features of the climate are a cooler temperature and rainfall. There are two quite different seasons, the short rainy season during December and March and the long dry season from April to November.
In Singida, SDA has been working with both primary and secondary school students and teachers. SDA has been has been training teachers on how to improve and maintain sports facilities and grounds. Furthermore SDA has been training teachers to be competent in coaching sport to their students, with some of these trained teachers now being responsible for training future physical education teachers.