Maisha Mapya Education Centre Tanzania

School for Hotel Management

Every year thousands of Tanzanian youths finish their primary education with no prospects of continuing their education. This can be because of failing of the exams or the lack of money to go on to private schools.

The Maisha Mapya Education Centre was established in 2004 to help girls and boys who finished primary school or secondary school with no chances for further education.

We especially help those families, who have not the resources to pay for the education of their children. We focus on children who have stayed at home for a number of years after finishing primary or secondary education.

We focus our training on a 1 year course in hotel management and the majority of our students have secured a job after their studies.

At the end of the course the students get an official certificate and they also receive training how to apply for jobs.

Students of Maisha Mapya have found employment in tourist hotels in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Arusha, Moshi, Zanzibar, Dodoma and Dar es Salaam.


Our teaching programme focuses on the following components:
Hotel Management; students receive theory and practical training by professional teachers.
Tour guiding: a new subject, which covers general knowledge of nature and wildlife in Tanzania.
English: a popular subject with the students, which will give them better job opportunities and confidence;
Italian: basic phrases and small sentences taught by one of our teachers (arrivederci!);

Mathematics: necessary skill in today's life;
Sports: exercise and team building;
Domestic Science; health, cooking, etc.
Health: personal hygiene, AIDS

RIP Frida - Founder of Maisha Mapya


Frida tasting the food students had made.

On the 31st of January 2013 the founder of Maisha Mapya, Mrs Frida de Graaf - Madinda passed away after complications of an operation.

Staff and students assisted with the funeral arrangements and made sure all visitors and guest were looked after well.

Frida started with a small group of students in 2003 in Moshi. The idea grew to start vocational training and students asked for training to work in hotels. The Moshi school grew rapidly and got a good reputation. In 2010 the idea started the Dodoma branch which became succesful too.


Contact the Head of Maisha Mapya Education Centre

c/o P.O. Box 17029 , Dodoma, Tanzania

tel: (+255) 0767 593 189

email: info (at)

last updated: 10 June 2014