Prior to the Chole Project children attended a single classroom school on Chole, or went to primary school on the adjacent island of Juani when the tide allowed them to cross; up to 1993 only one Chole child had ever succeeded through formal secondary education.
The Chole community now seeks to ensure that every child has an education. The partnership between the Village Council and the Chole Mjini Conservation and Development Company and the establishment of the Chole Mjini Trust Fund led to the establishment on the island of a government funded Primary School. Subsequently a Kindergarten (a concept previously unfamiliar to people on Chole), was established. These two facilities set all the children on a path towards education.
However Secondary Schooling and then a University or College education is a constant challenge. Neither is free in Tanzania, and even the small (by western standards) amounts needed are often beyond the resources of poor families. The community therefore endeavours to award bursaries to any child applying and the Trust is proud to provide the funding to sustain this effort.
A Learning Centre has also been established, offering remedial education for children who have to resit exams after failures, English and Information Technology tuition and adult learning for those who never went to school.
Secondary schooling is available only on the neighbouring island of Mafia, or even further afield; some Chole students have recently pursued secondary education in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Bagamoyo and even in Uganda. Secondary schooling is not free in Tanzania, and one of the Trust's proudest achievements is the provision of bursaries, allowing children who could otherwise not go to secondary school to do so.
The Universities and Colleges to which young people from Chole now aspire are much further afield, in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and elsewhere, and involve much larger amounts of money.