PEC’s mission is to educate disadvantaged, bright students from the Kilwa District to become leaders in Tanzania – ‘Fighting Poverty Through Education’.
PEC is a co-education day and boarding English Medium School, providing high-quality education to 230 students from the Kilwa district, and beyond.
PEC comprises of PEC Pre-primary School and PEC Primary School, and is now offering boarding for less privileged children.
Poverty in Tanzania is endemic. 70% of Tanzanians live on less than AU$2.50 a day.
Tanzania’s school system is overstretched and under-resourced, resulting in poor educational outcomes for Tanzanians. Less than one third of Tanzania’s children make it to secondary school, so most will never have access to any form of skilled employment.
When PEC’s founder, Mr Sultan Sultan, arrived in Kilwa he was struck by how socioeconomically disadvantaged the area was.
The socioeconomic factors include employment, education and income. These factors relate to and influence one another. For example, your education will impact your employment, your employment will dictate your income and your income will dictate the education you can obtain for your family….a viscous circle.
Not only was the area afflicted by fewer years of formal education, low occupational status and resulting low income (if any), the education provided was of a very poor standard.
Mr Sultan, established PEC to help alleviate some of these issues. The school motto ‘Fighting Poverty Through Education’ was adopted and acted upon.
PEC commenced in 2012 with just a Preschool and only 12 students. In the past 8 years, however, PEC has grown to provide schooling for more than 230 students in classes all the way through to grade 7.
PEC provides high-quality education to children who, due to poverty and social pressures would otherwise be unlikely to complete their primary schooling. Teaching is undertaken in English, to maximise children’s potential to succeed in secondary school and, ultimately, secure skilled employment.
PEC’s students are shining examples of what can be achieved when given the opportunity to receive a quality education. Education lifts people out of poverty and creates stable and growing economies. Since inception, PEC students have performed well in National exams and in the past two years have raised the standard even higher.
In 2018, PEC was placed 1st in District and Regional exam results and also best in Coastal Ward areas for mid primary in the National Examination Council of Tanzania exams. In 2019, PEC topped the District, Regional and Zonal levels for for mid-primary.
PEC has become an exceptional institution that regularly ranks in the top 5% nationally and PEC Scholarship students are chosen because they show academic promise and have a great attitude to work. They are provided with transport, food and a quality education, and many live on campus. PEC does everything possible to ensure their well-being and future success.
The first 8 years of PEC was a period of growth and rapid change. Over the next 10 years PEC will be evolving, consolidating and continuously improving.
PEC will be educating up to 500 students each year, from Pre-primary School to Grade 7. The school will employ more than 50 local staff and provide boarding for up to 60 students.
PEC is working towards becoming a Centre of Excellence for teaching, helping graduates realise their aspirations.
Graduates from PEC will be well educated, respectful, responsible, honest and kind citizens, empowered to move on to the next stage of their education and, ultimately, employment.