A little about your partner school...

Kijito Upele is a government-run primary school, located on the outskirts of Zanzibar City. The school provides a free education to around 5,830 students between the ages of seven and 15.

Although Kijito is administered by the government, it is severely underfunded and overcrowded. In fact, overcrowding is so serious that the school has two sittings, with half of its students attending in the morning and the other half attending in the afternoon – thereby literally halving the children’s access to education.

Kijito Upele School has 22 classrooms, with class sizes averaging 100 students. As there are not enough desks and chairs for everyone, students often have no choice but to sit on the floor.

Interested in visiting your partner school?

How your partnership works

We’re so excited to welcome you on board as a partner school – and we hope you’re excited, too!

We’ll facilitate half-termly exchanges of pen pal letters between your students and those at Kijito Upele School, and bring you the latest news from your partner school.

On this page, you’ll also find educational resources, fundraising inspiration and an image gallery to help your students learn about life at your partner school and education around the world.

Finally, at the bottom of the page, you’ll find the contact details for our Partnerships Managers – feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!


Assembly presentation

Downloadable slides to introduce your partner school to your students

Day in the Life

Learn about a typical day in the life of a student at your partner school

Sponsorship Form

An easy-to-use sponsorship form to help you fundraise


Kijito Upele School's Aims

Complete Construction Work

Finish building new library and security wall

Screed Classroom Floors

To make the maintenance and upkeep of the school's classrooms easier

Install New Latrines

And handwashing stations for students to use


Whilst fundraising for your partner school is by no means a compulsory part of your School Partnership, any amount your school raises will help Kijito Upele reach their goals sooner. 

Below, you’ll find three simple ideas that other partner schools have used to fundraise – or feel free to come up with your own! Feel free to get in touch if you need any additional resources.

Non-Uniform Day

Ask students to donate £2 in return for wearing non-uniform to school, and you'll quickly see the pounds add up!

Cycle to Zanzibar

Get a team of together to cycle the distance to your partner school, and ask people to sponsor your efforts.

Hold a Zanzibar Day

Hold a Zanzibar day at your school! Sell Zanzibari food, auction off raffle prizes, or put on a cultural performance.

Got a question?

Get in touch


Louise Ramsdale
Partnerships Manager
023 8178 0957

Get in touch


Will Newbolt
Partnerships Manager
023 8178 0957