Gone are the days when students used to walk miles to access school, thanks to the modern world which offers alternative means of transport like school buses, private cars, and bikes motorcycles/tricycles. However, even with these developments, there are students who still walk long distances to and from schools, because they cannot afford any of the mentioned modes of transport.
During the routine monitoring visits, it was revealed that some of beneficiaries walk up to 10 kilometers to and from schools. Basically, walking to school is a health thing; however, for students covering long distances the impact is enormous, ranging from exhaustion, late arrivals and in some cases, risky environment, especially for female students. The long distances covered ultimately have negative impact on academic achievement levels, as affected students can experience frequent absenteeism and may end up dropping school.
SATF having noted this, has decided to extend its support to include bicycle support in its 2018 fiscal year. Funds were set aside for a pilot project of 100 bicycles for selected school beneficiaries.
The selection criteria of the beneficiaries eligible for the bicycle support was based on kilometers covered to and from school, which was from 3.5 kilometers covered by a day scholar.
Some of SATF beneficiaries on group picture after distribution exercise held at Bugene Secondary school in Karagwe district.
Beneficiaries in group photo with guardians, NEREFO offices during handover ceremony in Morogoro region
Amani D. Siria a beneficiary from Olokii Secondary school under ECOLI-II, happily riding his bicycle after the handover,in Moshi