Summer is ending and school is starting for many here in America and that means starting new classes, meeting new peers and also new teachers. Some of us learn who are teachers will be days before classes start or many weeks before. The relationships we develop with our teachers are truly unique. Everyone finds some teachers that truly inspire them and they make us want to work hard, think in new ways, and truly apply ourselves to our studies.
Teachers ask questions and encourage us to think creatively. They help us grow and prosper and prepare us to become successful individuals for life. In Tanzania, much of the teaching is based on rote memorization and standardized tests. In some schools this is still the case. Creativity is not taught nor encouraged.
At AfricAid, we believe that increasing the availabily and accessibility of education also includes making sure that what is available and accessible is quality. Having effective teachers makes for effective learning. The TIA program strives to reach teachers in Tanzania and spread this way of teaching and thinking. Hopefully, the children in Tanzania can find and connect with a teacher the way we so fondly remember that one teacher, or mwalimu, we once had!
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