There was a time when Jackson, now 16-years-old, thought he would never be able to return to school.
Having lost his father when he was just a baby and his mother become feeble with illness, he went to live with his brother and sister-in-law. Though he was enrolled in school, he missed many of his classes and quickly fell behind as his sister-in-law felt that Jackson’s time would be better spent selling soaps at the local market. For three years he taught himself what he could using borrowed textbooks and reading the notes his friends had taken in class.
When he was 12 years old his aunty brought him from Arusha to live with her in Dar Es Salaam where an administration error once again held him back from attending school. After countless attempts to rectify the error his aunt heard about the drop out school program at KCC and after just one year Jackson was able to pass the entry exams and start mainstream school - where he quickly became top of his class. He still returns to the centre every day after school to attend drama and English classes and spend time with his friends, who he calls his “KCC family”.
The Gallery Project aims to raise enough money to pay two qualified teachers to work at the centre and ensure all the students have the opportunity for education.