In Tanzania the mean student to teacher ratio in primary school is 58 to 1. Well-trained teachers are needed in order for students to receive quality education they need to succeed. With TIA workshops teachers will be educated on best-practice teaching methods, such as how to engage students in creative and innovative ways. This is very different from the usual form of teaching in Tanzania which involves lecturing, memorization and standardized tests. In 2012 61% of students who took the National Form Four exams failed, proving that the current teaching methods are not working. Remote memorization does not encourage learning but instead is tailored for students to memorize content in order to take a test. Education is highly-valued to many students in Africa. The quality students receive is unacceptable and they deserve teachers who are driven to provide the proper education they deserve. By supporting the TIA program, you are training teachers throughout the country who are passionate to make a difference in the education of students in Tanzania.
Creating access and availability to education means also providing quality educational experiences. This means that from both ends of the spectrum, children attending and teachers teaching, an investment is made. At AfricAid we break our mission into Reach, Teach and Empower. Through these avenues we aspire to reach more students and children in Tanzania, we aspire to teach more students and teachers through our various programs and ultimately empower all with education for future success.
AfricAid reaches students and girls through our scholarship programs, teaches them to achieve their potential, and empowers young girls to become leaders! Thank you for helping us reach, teach and empower!
Happy summer to all our of supporters!
There is much news about TIA to share. Thanks to a generous grant from the MacArthur Grant, we have been able to expand TIA and this summer there will be two separate TIA workshops taking place from June 23rd to July 5th. These workshops will be integrated with school-based workshops that will start happening right after the seminar. Adding these school-based workshops will centralize our teacher training program and allow the program to have a greater reach: impacting more schools, more teachers and more students.
The seminar will take place at Mwenge University College of Education in Moshi, Tanzania. Each year, these 100% Tanzanian led training seminars draw secondary-level teachers from across Tanzania who want to improve the quality of instruction in their own classrooms. The teachers work through case studies, which are designed to help them understand how to use active, participatory techniques in their lessons.
The MacArthur foundation selected organizations, like AfricAid, because they were “looking for fresh thinking about providing quality secondary education, so that every child has a chance at living a fulfilled life and contributing to his or her local community and our global society.”
We look forward to sharing with you in our next update, stories from these upcoming and powerful TIA workshops.
AfricAid's Tanzanian staff has been busy planning and preparing for this summer's Teaching In Action (TIA) workshop. There is much to organize in bringing together teachers and leaders from across Tanzania for this unqiue and powerful workshop. We look forward to the dialogues and the sharing of ideas and techniques that will unfold this summer!
We also want to share the exciting news that our TIA program will soon be expanding! In the fall AfricAid will be adding a school-based training component to TIA. This means that even more teachers across Tanzania will be trained in student-centered, participatory teaching techniques. And with more highly-trained teachers, even more students will have the tools to become critical thinkers and potential leaders in their communities.
You donation allows AfricAid's programs, like TIA, to continue to grow and expand. We are so thankful for your generosity and support of our work.
Dear AfricAid supporters,
I'm writing to thank you for your very generous support of our teacher training program in Tanzania. We are thankful for your generosity and wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!
Our teacher training program, TIA, is an annual program that brings teachers from all over Tanzania together to share, learn, and become better, more effective teachers. They learn how to best manage large classrooms with varied class levels and how to use commonly available natural items as teaching aids.
Supporting teacher training is a great investment as it develops and supports teachers, while helping thousands of young children to receive a better education. I can't think of a better gift to give this time of the year.
Asante sana (thank you),
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