Mar 29 – Apr 9, 2020
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The education of the girl child is the key to so many things: the key to access to economic opportunities, access to self-worth and a hope for the future. Often education is also the key to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. EMI is privileged to partner with the Catholic Diocese of Tunduru-Masasi and Provision Charitable Foundation in the planning and development of a new Christian girls’ secondary school in Tunduru, Tanzania. The school will accommodate approximately 500 students, aged 13 to 18, including student residences, classrooms, laboratories, dining hall and associated facilities. The team will further assist in planning appropriate uses for two additional land parcels, including agricultural activities.

Project Scope

Project motivation

Why a girls school? According to AfricAid ( approximately 80% of girls in Tanzania complete primary school. Only 54% of those progress to secondary school. Of that number, only 66% of girls who start secondary school progress to Form 4, the final year of ordinary secondary school. This translates to approximately only 28% of girl children completing any form of formal schooling.

While education opportunities are needed for both boys and girls, the pattern of higher drop-out rates for girls, especially in secondary school, makes this a wonderful opportunity to participate in addressing the educational needs of the girl child.

The reasons for the high drop-out rates are various, but the lack of high quality facilities and programs is a major contributor. It is the intent of Bishop Filbert Mhasi of the Diocese of Tunduru-Masasi to address this head-on.

Why in Tunduru? Education levels in rural areas lag behind those of the urban centres, and Tunduru is no exception in this pattern. Furthermore, the Tunduru district is approximately 90% Muslim. Enrolment is expected to be from a variety of religious backgrounds, and the opportunities to share the Gospel through a Christian girls’ school is a major consideration for the location of the school.

Project description

The EMI team will provide a campus Master Plan, including designs for the campus infrastructure (water supply, electricity, wastewater treatment, et cetera), development phasing and high level project costs. The architectural team will work with local building standards and government requirements to develop detailed first phase architectural proposals, and initial architectural concepts for the remainder of the campus.

The following inputs are required in the development of the master plan:

  • Urban Planner / Architect leading the master planning exercise
  • Design Architect (building design)
  • Civil Engineering (including potable water, waste water, roads, storm-water)
  • Electrical Engineering (load requirements and site reticulation)
  • Structural Engineering (geotechnical/soils assessment, structural design)

Additional services potentially required

  • Land Surveying (topographic survey)
  • Agricultural Engineering (land use planning)

Project Trip

EMI mobilises international architectural and engineering volunteers to envision, plan and design projects for our client ministries. Our standard modus operandi is to mobilise teams of between 8 to 12 specialists to the project site to work closely with the client ministry in the development of the project vision, as well as technical solutions.

The project team spends approximately 10 – 14 days in country on what we term a “project trip”, visiting the project site, and working closely with the local client. We further engage local professionals and government departments to ensure contextual, relevant solutions.

EMI requires the client ministry to host the project team on or close to the site for the duration of our stay in country. We further require client availability to the team during this time to ensure that the project captures the client’s vision and requirements.

After the completion of the project trip, the project is further developed in the EMI office by our professional staff, resulting in the final master plan report, as well as architectural and engineering drawings and specifications. This whole process takes approximately four months.

Preliminary Project Program

  • Arrive in Dar es Salaam on or before Saturday 28 March.
  • Travel to Tunduru on Sunday the 29th of March
  • Travel back to Dar es Salaam on Tuesday the 7th of April
  • Project close out in Dar es Salaam, Wednesday the 8th of April
  • Depart Dar es Salaam 9th of April

Final Products

The following final products are proposed:

  1. Interim project presentation (at the end of the Project Trip)
  2. Master Plan report, including project vision and motivation, master plan drawings, phasing and high level development costs
  3. Architectural proposals for first phase buildings, developed sufficiently for costing purposes
  4. Initial architectural sketch proposals for the remainder of buildings (future phases)
  5. Civil engineering report (waste water, potable water, roads, etc)
  6. Structural engineering report (soil conditions, technical proposals)
  7. Electrical engineering report (load requirements, site reticulation recommendations, potential alternative energy sources)

Potential additional services (subject to client requirements & volunteer availability):

  1. Agricultural engineering report (incl land use recommendations)
  2. Redacted project report for fundraising purposes
  3. Topographic survey

The proposed final products do not include full architectural construction drawings, tender processes or project construction oversight or management. These services can be provided where required and will be subject to a further service proposal, however the client ministry is encouraged to engage local professionals for these services.

— Gerhard van der Merwe, EMI South Africa trip leader


Architecture: Planning, Gen. Arch.
Civil Engineering: Storm water, Potable Water, Wastewater, Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering: Power Distribution
Structural Engineering: Structural Engineering
Survey: Surveyor
Other Specialties: Agricultural Engineering
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