The O'Brien School for the Maasai is a community-based primary school located in Sanya Station Village of the Kilimanjaro Region in Northern Tanzania. While the school accepts students of all tribes, the village is predominately inhabited by Maasai. 


The school is one of just a couple of primary schools in the area, covering a total population of over 5,000 individuals. By providing both an inexpensive, quality education and community development programs in Sanya Station, the O'Brien School for the Maasai offers the only educational and development opportunity for the majority of the village.


Since 2007, the O'Brien School for the Maasai has tested and refined its model of holistic, enhanced, and high-quality education. Always guided by local Maasai elders and leaders, the school responds to the students' and community's most urgent and important needs while maintaining our core mission of primary-level education.


The mission of the O'Brien School for the Maasai is to bring an empowered future to a Maasai community and others within the Hai District by offering a high standard, primary education with an emphasis on moral character formation for the children, as well as entrepreneurial skills-building programs for women.


Our goal is to inspire the next generation to become the leaders of Tanzania, Africa, and the world.

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The O'Brien School for the Maasai looks at more than just exam scores, pass rates, and statistics. 

We take many qualitative factors into account when assessing the success of our school and programs. 

We rely on our teaching staff, administrative staff, non-teaching staff, and school committee to inform us on the important quantitative and qualitative indicators that frame our impact models. We encourage the teachers to take the initiative in setting those benchmarks with their students too.

Learn more in the Impact tab above, but always know, the O'Brien School strives to be more than just a school. We're a safe space for the children to learn, explore, play, collaborate, and grow.

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through quality, holistic education and development programs, we bring an empowered future to youth, caregivers, and community leaders.

O'Brien School for the Maasai
527 W. Maple Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521 | +1.630.654.2291​
©2018 by Rebecca Sliwoski for the O'Brien School for the Maasai