Dear AfricAid Supporters,
Thank you very much for your support of computer labs for students in Tanzania through Global Giving (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/africaidcomputers/). The opportunity to learn basic computer and Internet skills can be a life-changing one for students in Africa -- an opportunity that opens doors to a whole new world of information and possibilities, and which positions students to have a fighting chance for employment in these difficult economic times.
This past Fall, AfricAid installed a low-cost computer lab at Upendo English Medium Primary School, which uses NComputing (www.ncomputing) technology to reduce costs, maintenance and energy usage in the lab. The students at the school logged on to the computers for the first time in October, learning how to type and create documents. (See attached photo.) They are fully enjoying the lab and are grateful for the opportunity to develop vital computer skills.
From everyone at AfricAid and Upendo English Medium Primary School in Usa River, Tanzania, we extend a heartfelt "ASANTE" (thank you!) for all that you are doing to create educational opportunities for Tanzanian students!
With much appreciation,
Executive Director, AfricAid
Dear AfricAid supporters,
Thank you so much for your support of teacher training scholarships for Tanzanian girls! We are so grateful for the opportunities that you are making possible in their lives.
This past August, students in Tanzania reported back to their colleges for the beginning of a new school year. Because of your support, they were able to begin their college education, or in some cases, start their second and final year. The opportunity to go to school is fundamentally changing their lives forever -- but more importantly, will have a ripple effect for many generations to come.
In June, I wrote to you about Theresia, a young woman who is studying to become the first female teacher in her village. I would like to invite you to watch a 7-minute video about Theresia's story, and the way that she has changed my life, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4mNQWcU8G4&feature=player_embedded. Thank you for being a part of making Theresia's education possible!
With much appreciation,
Dear friends of AfricAid and Teaching in Action,
On July 4, 2010, sixty-seven teachers gathered on the campus of Mwenge College of Education in Moshi, Tanzania to participate in the fourth annual Teaching in Action (TIA) program. For one week, secondary school teachers deepened their understanding of learner-centered pedagogy and practiced using active teaching methods to enhance critical thinking among their students. In a variety of interactive workshops, participants engaged with faculty and fellow teachers to develop model lessons for the subjects they teach.
Each morning, teachers learned about different topics relevant to Tanzanian high schools, such as gender and inclusive education, teaching English (in every school subject), and utilizing locally-available and low-cost materials to make effective teaching aids. One highlight of the morning sessions was a guest speaker who shared his own experiences as a blind student and later as a teacher of learners with visual impairments. Participants had lively discussions about the challenges with large class sizes, preparing learners for national exams, and limited access to educational resources in most Tanzanian high schools.
Afternoon sessions provided the opportunity for participants to work with content experts in seven core school subjects and to integrate active, participatory teaching into their lessons. Teachers developed and demonstrated model lessons and practiced giving constructive feedback to their peers.
Each participant received a certificate of completion and several were honored for their outstanding efforts during the week at an awards ceremony on the final night of the workshop. The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive, with sincere expressions of gratitude for the opportunity to learn new teaching methods and to develop valuable resources for their schools. Elimu haina mwisho (or "education has no end").
Thank you for all you have done to make this work possible in Tanzania -- your support is improving the quality of education for thousands of Tanzanian students!