Coloring in the Classroom

two smiling kids sit in front of a wall painted with the alphabet.

Two students smile in front of their painted wall

We will design and develop "classroom kits" for schools throughout the Mara Region of Tanzania, and create a strategy for piloting and distributing the kits.

Project description

Coloring in the Classroom seeks to develop and distribute "classroom kits" containing key instructional materials and equipment, focusing on early childhood and primary schools in Mara Tanzania that lack sufficient resources.

We know that adequate stimulation and learning materials are vital to learning. Yet, as we see on our study abroad trips to the Mara Region, many schools lack the basics including desks, books, and writing utensils, not to mention classroom technology, decorations and instructional materials. Through this new initiative, we hope to support student learning through collaborating with existing schools and teachers. Exploration focused on Montessori materials and a collaboration with a Montessori center in Dar es Salaam is also anticipated.

Project outcome

The project will result in an enhanced educational experience for children in affiliated schools. Although the project will start small with a focus on 3 partner schools, we hope to develop a scalable model that can be implemented with other schools throughout the Mara Region and beyond.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Less than a semester (0-2 months)
Start time Fall
Level of collaboration Variable
Benefits Multiple
Who is eligible All students welcomed
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.
Truman and Fulbright Scholarships

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Truman Scholarship and the Fulbright Scholarship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Core partners

  • Hope Revival Children's Organization, Stephen Marwa, Executive Director
  • Early Childhood School, Tarime (Bishop Mwita Akiri, liaison)
  • Kotwo Primary School (Dr. Dan Nyaronga, liaison)

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, Director of

Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834



To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • Students will meet with a Subject Librarian and develop an annotated bibliography focused on education in rural Tanzania (whatever level they are interested in), including new reforms and policies and associated challenges to implementation. Students are also asked to meet with Mara Huber (ELN Director) prior to getting started to discuss shipping challenges and upcoming plans related to transport
  • Additionally, students will submit recommendations for items that should be included in kits, with supporting research on the associated value related to educational outcomes and long-term impact