Latest update: Construction is under way!

We would love to thank everyone for their generous support at our recent gala fundraiser! Construction for the two new classrooms are under way and here are a few sneaks from the site 🙂ImageImageImage

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You are invited to Skoolaid 2014 at the Eagle Harbour Yacht Club – January 25th 7-11pm

Skoolaid 2014

Proudly presented by the Eagle Harbour Montessori School & Project Tujifunze in partnership with Afretech Aid Society – building two new classrooms at the Dream Big Montessori School in Tanzania, East Africa!

Event Sponsors include Howe Sound Brewing – thanks Howe Sound!!

Tickets available at dreambigmontessori@gmail.com or at 778-840-9229

Event Preparations….January 2014

Preparations are in the works for our annual music benefit party – Skoolaid, We Built that School on Rock n’ Roll! Stay tuned for party details, or email us if you are interested in volunteering! 

Funds raised will go towards the addition of new classrooms as our little village school has outgrown the first two classrooms

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No Baby Steps For Us!!

We’re expecting!!

It’s not just our beautiful children who are growing like weeds, after only our first year of operation our school is ready for some new classrooms. Our fundraising goal for this next extension is $20,000. Please contact us if you would like to help us reach our goal and start adding classrooms, or Adopt-a-Classroom (or wing) and name it after a company, group or a loved one! Contact us for more info by email.

This growth is accelerating even faster due to a fortuitous turn of events as the Tanzanian government have purchased the neighbouring plot of land and are building a Regional Municipal Administrative building. What comes with this building is most exciting for us as it means a new paved road at no charge to us!!

This solves one of our biggest challenges – getting waitlisted children to our school who live too far to walk. Now we can begin to use our donated school bus as soon as the paving is done. Very exciting for many families!!

Word of the quality reputation of our school  has spread and we have families wanting to come from far and wide as soon as the road problem is solved, as the heavy rains wash the roads out regularly, despite our efforts of repair.

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Great Gala!

Many thanks for everyone who came out to enjoy our musical extravaganza and help support the launch of the Dream Big Montessori School! Sufficient funds were raised to pay for final construction jobs and opening costs to get the school open for the January school year. We are now up and running with two Montessori trained teachers, a lunch cook, a solar kiosk technician and groundskeeper and guards. We have opened with 20 very excited students who love love love to go to school!! Even some of our parents spend time at school, enjoying exposure to this good quality education.

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You are invited to a celebration of project completion! Get your tickets now!

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First Art Class Ever! – Loving our Beautiful Colourful Zebras!

Neema's Zebra

Art is so fun!

Look at my zebra!

Playing with colour

Mixed media

Drying paintings

I love art!

We are painting these!

The love of art!

Sophie helps

First the outline

Art together

Visiting for the Grand Opening of the Dream Big Montessori School, Susan Bibbings conducted a wonderful Vancouver-Mwanza school to school international art swap project thanks to  Vancouver teacher Laura Clancy. It was Laura’s idea to have her Vancouver Kindergarten students paint BC salmon which Susan transported as a gift to the Dream Big School, then the new students painted Tanzanian zebras as a gift back to the Vancouver young artists. It was the first time these children had done art, and it was a magical experience for them. Their art is truly magnificent and the children showed they have an innate love of colour! These works of zebra art will be on display February 15th and the Skoolaid Musical Gala, and will also be made into gift card sets. Thank you Laura for your wonderful bridge of art and friendship!! Here are some of Laura’s students BC salmon on permanent display at the Dream Big School…

Salmon close-up

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