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Lumumba Secondary School
Malawi Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania

On the outskirt of the Stone Town at Kinazini locality, a few meters from the Indian Ocean



Former nameKing George VI College
MottoCommitted to excellence in both academic and moral achievements
Teaching staff27
Student to teacher ratio31.5 (2019)[1]

Lumumba Secondary School is a public, coeducational secondary school in Saateni, Zanzibar, Tanzania. It is Zanzibar's largest secondary school,[2] and has been called one of the best seondary schools in Zanzibar.[1] From 1958 until the Zanzibar Revolution of 1964, the school was known as King George VI College.[3]


O-level subjects offered are physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geography, English language, Kiswahili, civics, and Islamic knowledge. A-level courses available are general studies, basic applied mathematics, advanced mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography, and biology.[4]

External support and research[edit]

Curricular trainings[edit]

UNICEF held a 2018 training at the school for 600 students from across Tanzania on the Global Goals initiative of the United Nations, specifically on its 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.[5] In 2019 the Renewable Energy of Zanzibar Association began to implement its "Roots and Shoots" program at the school, a program developed by Jane Goodall to "encourage young people to learn about, demonstrate care and concern for environment, animals and human communities through hands-on activities and member based activities in schools and communities".[6]


The school has received infrastructure support from several organizations. The school has benefitted from a 2017 Tanzanian initiative, the president's Desk Campaign committee fundraising to buy desks and chairs for schools.[7]

In 2011, the U.S. State Department, through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Programs, donated internet-accessible computers to accomplish the school's Lumumba Library Improvement Project, and develop the Lumumba School library database through the U.S.ambassador’s Self Help Fund.[8]


South Carolina State University, in partnership with USAID and the Tanzania Ministry of Education, has provided science textbooks (in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics) to students at the school.[9] Researchers "noted a significant improvement in students' ability to think critically and solve problems. Also, student-teacher interaction significantly improved and teachers were better prepared to instruct class, enhancing classroom practices and management."[9]

A case study by Halima Abbas Noormohammed examined methods used by Islamic education instructors "to inculcate moral values at Lumumba Secondary School". The study reported that techers are "not confined only on imparting knowledge and skills to learners but also to enhance the students' moral conduct through Islamic values, ethics, and manners", and that teaching methods included "questioning, seminars, group discussions, models, inductive, storytelling, metaphor and lecture based method, in which all of these were proved to be in conformity with the Qur'an and Sunnah of the Prophet".[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Abdalla Ali
  • Amina Salum Ali
  • Diana Chikotesha, Footbller and FIFA referee[11][12]
  • Mohammed Gharib Bilal, former Vice President of Zanzibar and Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania
  • Juma Duni Haji
  • Juma Othman Hija, 1986, Tanzanian politician, member of parliament.[13]
  • Ismail Jussa
  • Amani Abeid Karume, former President of Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
  • Yussuf Khamis
  • Hussein Mzee
  • Juma Hamad Omar, 1974. Tanzanian politician, member of parliament.[14][15]
  • Saada Salum
  • Ali Mohammed Shein, President of Zanzibar
  • Pereira Silima
  • Haroun Suleiman
  • Samia Suluhu

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Schools : Wycherley International School, Gateway International Montessori School, 5 Steps Academy, Hampton International Preschool, Tai Po Sam Yuk Secondary School, Lance Hindt, Bellevue Elementary School (Iowa)

Other articles of the topic Tanzania : Tanzanian
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  • Education in Tanzania
  • List of schools in Tanzania


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  3. Loimeier, Roman (2014). Eine Zeitlandschaft in der Globalisierung: Das islamische Sansibar im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. De Gruyter. p. 35. ISBN 9783839419038. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
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  5. "Over 600 Youth in Zanzibar Trained on SDGs | United Nations in Tanzania". tanzania.un.org. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  6. "REZA had Discussion on ROOTS & SHOOTS Zanzibar Project at Lumumba Secondary School – Renewable Energy Zanzibar Association". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  7. "Tanzania: Over 20,000 Chairs and Desks for Schools to Stave Off Shortage". allAfrica.com. 2019-01-30. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  8. "Giving Back to Zanzibar". YES Programs. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "S.C.State textbook program helping Zanzibar students, university study says". The Times and Democrat. 2011-05-05. p. 2. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  10. Noormohammed, Halima Abbas (2013). Methods Used by Islamic Education Teachers to Inculcate Moral Values in Islamic Studies: A Case Study at Lumumba Secondary School in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Institute of Education, International Islamic University Malaysia. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  11. "The Petauke girl who became a FIFA referee – The Mast Online". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  12. "Zambia's Diana Chikotesha one of three female officials named for U23 AFCON | ZamFoot". zambianfootball.co.zm. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
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  15. "Juma Hamad Omar", Wikipedia, kamusi elezo huru (in Kiswahili), 2020-01-25, retrieved 2020-07-31

Coordinates: 6°09′24″S 39°12′23″E / 6.1568°S 39.2063°E / -6.1568; 39.2063

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