Barbro Johansson Secondary School started operating in the year 2000 at Ada estate, Kinondoni district, Dar es Salaam, having 40 needy girls of form one pioneer class from various parts of Tanzania. All those students were recruited from poor families; hence they had 100% sponsorship from JOHA TRUST fund.
In the year 2001 JOHA TRUST and SIDA through the Swedish Embassy in Dar es Salaam, the lead donor then, reached a decision to also accommodate in the School students who are capable and diligent, and whose parents can afford paying school fees. This decision was crucial for the sustainability of the school especially when the donor’s scholarship grants cease.
In the year 2002 Barbro school shifted from the rented premises in Ada estate to the current premises after completion of construction of the first phase here at 50 – acres Luguruni estate, provided by the Government of Tanzania
In 17 years the school has grown and currently the school has 550+ students ranging from form one up to form six. There are 63 staff including 34 qualified teachers and 29 non-teaching staff. O-level subjects offered are 16. These are Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Information & Computer Studies, Kiswahili, English language, Literature in English, French, Geography, History, Civics, Commerce, Book-keeping, Bible Studies and Islamic Knowledge .
Advanced level offers 9 combinations including PCM, PCB, CBG, EGM, ECA, HKL, HGL, HGE and HGK and giving the students a wide range of choice of combinations of subjects and combinations