…was such a success! Continue reading
…was such a success! Continue reading
So here it is. The long-awaited, much anticipated post of my travels to Kigoma and Gombe stream. Australia I tried, really I did, to capture the magic of our first night in the tented lodge; the frightening noises made by the zebra/warthog/fisherman; the experience of having a boat load of Tanzanians stare at us solidly for the 3 hour water taxi ride; the joy of waiting patiently for 45 minutes under that tree only to have the best chimpanzee encounter (and we saw more than Luca); swimming in Lake Tanganyika, admiring the Congolese mountains; the fish supper; the hair stealing witch; the warp speed bus ride so we “can admire the beauty of the Tanzanian bush”. But I couldn’t. It’s impossible without the facial expressions, the interjections etc etc. So instead I’ve created a little photo montage – at the very least we’ll laugh.
I’ve reblogged this as it gives a great insight into some of the challenges I have faced working in the education system here in Tanzania.
Originally posted on www.kibogoji.com:
There have been several discussions on the failures of the education system in Tanzania and to whether or not the system is meeting its goals of educating the youth. The data from a cross-sectional study in over 38 districts of the Tanzanian education system by TWAWEZA and UWEZO has provided some of the answers to this difficult but necessary discussion. Access the report here. The findings from this study paint a gleam picture. At the primary school level, the majority of our children are not learning as well as acquiring skills they need to be successful post primary education. The gap is much higher if you compare rural and urban primary schools.
Why are Tanzanian Youngsters not Learning?
There is not a single answer to this question. Several factors contribute in one way or the other to this phenomenon. The learning activities used in most classrooms do not reflect the interests of children. We are still using teaching strategies that are outdated, non-engaging and based on memorization to teach children whose attention spans have changed over the years. Most of the digital-age children have very short attention and memory spans. Lecturing for hours without interactive activities, hands-on-activities, and experiential learning activities will merely be beneficial to them. In my opinion, we cannot continue to teach non interactive lessons, lessons that don’t address children brain development theories, motivation theories, cognitive theories, and expect our children to learn. In addition, teacher absenteeism, lack of classroom resources, and pathetic salaries contribute to the failures seen.
It was difficult telling the school the news from Raleigh. As I explained as best I could their reasons for not helping the school, Raymond covered his face with his hands. Continue reading
…there is no progress”. Frederick Douglass c. 1818 – February 20, 1895
As I write this, I am sitting in a small room filled with plastic chairs and tables and Tanzanian men, all facing a small TV placed on top of a fridge freezer. Everyone is shouting because they’ve just announced that transport costs are going up and a heated discussion has started. I’m nursing a cup of hot fresh milk, a rarity in the land of UHT, and waiting for the order I made at the wooden counter in the corner of the room, below it a glass counter filled with mandazi that people are buying to dip into their heavily sugared milk. Continue reading
“Yes and he knows it. He’s the smartest, the cutest and the naughtiest in my class” Continue reading
Oh I know, did I really just use that title? Hardly brimming with originality but I was stuck, okay? Forgive me… Continue reading
These guys just break my heart sometimes. I really want the meeting on Friday (originally Tuesday) to go well.
You may remember a post around Christmas time thanking everybody who’d kindly donated money, resources, clothes. I was given a collection of football kits that sadly I couldn’t use for the Bugando School (hopefully one day we’ll be able to).
Well Pat here they are, being sported by some of the street kids at Kuleanas, a street centre for young boys in Mwanza. working hard to get them off the street, provide them with an education, vocational training, counselling and where possible reunify them with their family. For more information check out the website
The clothes were shared so everyone got either a tshirt or pair of shorts. They were all so excited so thanks again Pat for your kind donation.