History of the School

Kishumundu Secondary School (KSS) is owned by the communities around it and basically managed by the catholic diocese of Moshi. Our school was established in 1985 (see pictures below). It is open to Day and Boarding students of both genders. In Form III and IV the KSS offers two branches with different priorities, Arts and Sciences. 

In the past years we were able to improve the infrastructure of our school, e.g. by establishing an internet connection, solar power supply and dormatories for our boarding students (see below!)


We receive support from various national and international institutions such as

Kishumundu Secondary School appreciates its partnerships with schools in Germany and Sweden, e.g. Kopernikusschule at Freigericht (Germany), Alexander-von-Humboldt-Schule at Viernheim (Germany) and Danderyds-Gymnasium at Danderyds (Sweden).



Overview of the following Content:

  • Longtime Headmaster
  • Roots of Kishumundu Secondary School
  • Early Pictures
  • Activities at our School since 2012


Longtime Headmaster






The history of our school can't be told without Mr. James S. Kiwara, who was the Headmaster of Kishumundu Secondary School for 31 years (!). He retired in 2017, but is still firmly attached and highly active to support the school.


Asante sana Mr. Kiwara!






Roots of Kishumundu Secondary School: Pictures from the Past and Today

In the following panel you can see the tremendous development our school made after it was established. On the left you see pictures of Kishumundu Secondary School from the very early beginning in 1985 and later on, on the right the corresponding pictures from approximately the same position in july 2017 (courtesy of Dr. Michael Bauer).


The place where the girls dormatory was been erected.




Klick here to see a Satellite View of the entire School how it looks like nowadays.


Early pictures


Students of Kishumundu Secondary School in 2000. Courtesy of our friend Winfried Sommer.


Teachers of Kishumundu Secondary School and their guests in 2000. Courtesy of Winfried Sommer (second from the right in the lower row, next to our headmaster Mr. Kiwara).


Graduation party at Kishumundu Secondary School in 2004. Courtesy of Winfried Sommer.


Construction of the girls dormatory in 2010. Picture: Salome Mungure

Activities at our school since July 2012


Teaching staff (31th of july 2012):

Mr. Wilson Kira, Mrs. Elisabeth Materu, Mr. Benedict Moshi, Mr. Fidelis Maige, Mr. Frank Sanka, Mr. Godfrey Mashtaki, Mr. Ludovic Kilawe, Mr. Philip Nzao (upper row), Mr. Conrad Temba, Mrs. Matilda Kiwara, Mr. Filbert Kilawe, and Mrs. J. Olotu (lower row).


Mr. Conrad Temba, Mr. Filbert Kilawe, Mr. I. Materu, Mrs. Matilda Kiwara, Mrs. Elisabeth Materu, Mr. Benedict Moshi, Mr. Fidelis Maige, Mr. Frank Sanka, Mrs. J. Olotu, Mr. Godfrey Mashtaki, and Mr. Ludovic Kilawe.


Additional teachers (not shown): Mr. John Lyimo, Mr. Francis Gayo,

Mrs. Prisca and Mr. James S. Kiwara.




 July 2012: Students preparing the space for the second extention to the girls dormatory.


In july Dr. Michael Bauer visited us for a couple of weeks for teaching as volunteer. He became a good friend of us. He relauched our Kishumundu Secondary School websites here on the Jimdo internet platform and got our Webmaster.



August 2012: The form three and form two students after arrival at Ngorongoro crater for study tour. Klick on an image to see an enlarged picture.




August 2012: An antenna tower was installed to supply internet service to Kishumundu Secondary School.




Harvesting activities: Students packing the maize on store after harvesting from the school farm.




NEW: Kishumundu Secondary School owns a truck now

The new truck of Kishumundu Secondary School from our donators of  Helfen macht Schule in Germany (September 2012).




October 2012: Our school was visited by students and teachers from our german partner schools, Kopernikusschule Freigericht and Alexander-von-Humbold-Schule in Viernheim. Please point on a photo to get a description. A click will open an enlarged view of the images. Photographer: Winfried Sommer.



Mid of november 2012: Our students performed their exams. They have left the school for Christmas holidays. The new term will start in January 2013.



30th November 2012: Our german friends of Helfen macht Schule transfered some actual pictures of the yearly pre-christmas bazar at Kopernikusschule Freigericht to us. Students of class six were selling selfmade goods and food. Members of Helfen macht Schule were selling the brand new Africa calendar 2013 and handcrafted goods that were made in Tanzania. The profit of the entire activities is donated to Helfen macht Schule to support our School. Click on the pictures to see enlarged images with comments in a photo gallery. Pictures were taken by Dr. Michael Bauer and Winfried Sommer.




January 2013

A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you. Our new term started with really good news for us ! We are very happy to announce that our german supporter organisation Helfen macht Schule and the german goverment will enable our school to build a dormatory for boys. It is planned to finish the construction until the end of this year.


News of April 2013

Our students participated in a sportive competition of Secondary Schools of the Uru region, worked on the school fields and the construction of the new dormatory for boys at Kishumundu Secondary School started!


June 2013

Right now we are on holidays. For july we expect special guests at Kishumundu Secondary School: 1) one of our german volunteers from last year (Dr. Michael Bauer) will be back for a few weeks, and 2) one week later a group of 19 of our german friends of Helfen macht Schule will visit our school, 3) Winfried Sommer, one member of the german group, prolongs his 9th !! visit at Tanzania by one extra week to be exclusively at our school.


Karibu - Welcome!


July 2013

The work on our constructions projects progresses rapidly! Concrete was placed on the roof of the second extension building to the girls dormatory and at the end of july also on the foundation of the boys dormatory.

On the weekend our beamer is sometimes used to watch a movie in our dining hall, but this time it took place on thursday, since Dr. Bauer brought us a collection of new movies. We watched AVATAR on a freshly generated white screen (please see pictures below). Also worth to be mentioned here: Our homepage is now existing for one year. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


But the highlight of july clearly was the visit by our german friends of Helfen macht Schule. They spent a whole day at our school and were very, very curious! They wanted to see the classrooms, the sleeping rooms, the kitchen, the computer room ...., in short just everything and they took a lot of photos and were asking us innumerous questions!


Here are some pictures from their visit:


August 2013

See the latest changes at the boys dormatory construction on the picture below.



Extensions to the girls dormatory




We currently expand the capacities of our girl dormatory by two extensions, a right and a left wing. Here the right wing with freshly poured concrete roof.




The left wing of the girl dormatory. The main dormatory building is visible behind.


October and November 2013

Once again we are visited by our beloved friends of Helfen macht Schule in Germany. In addition to Mr. Kessler and Mr. Benzing our deep friend Mr. Sommer showed up at Kishumundu Sec. School for the second time this year! We are very happy about this - Karibu!


Via the guestbook we received the following message by Malaika, another german friend of us. Malaika recently worked as a volunteer at Kishumundu Secondary School. After she left us she wrote a report at Probono about her time with us. Unfortunately it is written in german, but it contains some nice pictures.


Malaika Sasse (Thursday, 07 November 2013 13:05)


Dear friends at Kishumundu Secondary!
I want to send you warm greetings from Germany.
I hope everything is fine at school, I miss all of you and hope to visit you again soon!
Best wishes,


December 2013

Our new dormatory building for the boys now has a roof and the walls are  prepared for painting.



We wish all our visitors Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

For our new form 1 students the term 2014 started on monday, 13 th of january.


News of March 2014

1. Our form IV students performed quite well in the final examinations 2013. Only one out of 44 students failed to pass due to missed periods caused by health problems. In total the extraordinary good results pushed our school to position 307 out of 3256 tanzanian schools.


2. Progress at the boys dormitory


View inside one room of our new Boys dormitory. Four boys will share one room.


View in the reversed direction. Each boy will have a cabinet for his personal belongings.


An impression from the bathroom of our new Boys dormitory.


An impression from the bathroom of our new Boys dormitory.


June 2014

Our school is currently closed for holidays. The administration is open.


July 2014

The second term started. Students and teachers are back at school.




Our school is building a new kitchen



A new kitchen is under construction.


August 2014

Our boys dormitory is completed. In january 2015 it went into use.


The fire places of our future kitchen.

Update to the Boys Dormitory



Our headmaster together with some students while creating a nice enviroment to the boys dormitory.




Our boys dormitory is close to be completed.

Study tour to Tarangire National Park 2014

On sunday, 24th of august, a group of students, teachers, staff members and our volunteer Dr. Michael Bauer went together to visit Tarangire National Park. The park is a big attraction to foreign as well as national visitors. They were able to observe a variety of wild animals in an amazing environment, which certainly needs strict protection to be preserved. Our highlights: elephants, giraffes, a lion, and a cheetah!!

Solar project of Kishumundu Secondary School

Usage of kerosine for lighting is common in Tanzania. Unfortunately these lamps do not spend much light, their usage cause high costs and the emitted gases cause health problems. Initiated by our friend Dr. Michael Bauer a solar project started that aims to substitute this expensive lighting method by modern solar-LED lamps. A series of seminars was given by him and Mr. Nzao to inform the participants of the project about the advantages and function of solar LED-Lights. The participants shall act as solar scouts to spread this usefull lamps to the neightbourhood of the school and at their homeplaces. Read more on the solar project homepage on http://kishumundu1.jimdo.com/ .



Dr. Bauer and Mr. Nzao explain the function of solar panels during one of their seminars on the use of solar power to generate electricity.


Handover of the first solar LED-lamp to a solar scout of the new solar project of the school.




The Villageboom solar LED-lamp used in the new solar project of the school. You can buy the lamp at the school. Please visit our internet page http://kishumundu1.jimdo.com for purchasing details.

Students of Kishumundu Secondary School 2014

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German Volunteers at Kishumundu Secondary School

Teachers and staff of the School with our friend and volunteer teacher Dr. Michael Bauer (teacher of Chemistry, Biology and Physics), a board member of our German friends Helfen macht Schule.

Shortly after his departure our next german volunteers Phillip and later on Mr. Sommer will arrive at our school to support us to provide high quality education to our students.



Teachers and staff members of Kishumundu Secondary School

on August 28th, 2014.


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Upper row from the left: Mr. Moshi (Computer), Mr. Kiwara (Headmaster), Mr. Njau (Maths), Mr. Kilawe (Civics), Mr. Mmbaga (Chemistry & Biology), Mrs. Mituwani (Matron), Mr. Massao (Bookkeeping & Commerce), Mr. Materu (Kiswahili), Mr. Odilo (Cook & Truck driver), Mrs. Ngandu (Accountant)


Lower row from the left: Mrs. Minja (Cook), Mrs. Prisca (English),  Mrs. Mungure (Secretary of the Headmaster), Mrs. Lyimo (Typist), Mrs. Massawe (Kiswahili & History) and Mrs. Ringo (Kiswahili & Geography).


Recent improvements on the school yard



To ensure healthy water supply a solar-driven water desinfection device to prepare drinking water was installed.



New oven to burn the waste of the school.


August 2014

The completed Boys dormitory at begin of August 2014. 

ASANTE SANA to all friends of Helfen macht Schule for their generous support.

Visitors from our German partner schools

Like two years ago our school was visited by guests from our German partner schools at end of october. In addition our long-term friend Winfried Sommer enjoyed us with a visit and his support of more than 4 weeks! KARIBUNI! Pictures: courtesy of Mrs. S. Pohlede and Dr. Bauer.



After writing the final exams of the actual term our students went home to enjoy their summer / christmas holidays. The new term will start in january 2015.

We wish all our visitors, friends and members of our school community Merry Christmas and a good start into a prosperous year 2015.



The new term started / Examination results CSEE 2014

The new term started. The final results of the CSEE 2014 (certificate of Secondary Education Examination) of form 4 are available here: CSEE RESULTS 2014.





Actual activities (activities since January 2015) are reported on our separate Latest News subpage.




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Flyer / Overview


Please visit our Latest News page for information about recent activities

at our school.


Our School: How everything started (Pics) - Historical Pictures of KSS

Kilimanjaro Skills Support: A new organization to support the development of our school was founded.


Online Study Resources at TETEA.


Great hand-over ceremony of the girls dormitory extensions. Please visit Latest News for more information!