End Caning for Children in Tanzania Schools

by Virtues Project International Association
End Caning for Children in Tanzania Schools
End Caning for Children in Tanzania Schools
End Caning for Children in Tanzania Schools
End Caning for Children in Tanzania Schools

Project Report | Nov 3, 2023
Cooperation OVER Competition

By Godwin Mongi | Project Leader

Lots has been happening since our last report!

Our team has been able to start three student clubs in and out of the schools since moving into our center.  We are closer to the communities in need. We are currently able to serve 120 children with The Virtues Project and Social Emotional Learning. 

The focus of the past 3 months has been in promoting the virtue of cooperation over competition.  The Key Question: “How can we cooperate if only one of us has to be applauded?”

This was a tricky and tough question to answer during our games and

learning activities that required children to cooperate. Instructions in these

learning activities range from requiring participants to cooperate by sharing their

ideas with group members and considering the perspective of others, to supporting each

other in the process, and that for a group to win, every group member has to

play an active role.

While solo winning is highly praised by schools and families, teamwork is

rarely a prioritized skill during childhood. To support and nurture the spirit of

cooperation, our sessions have been incorporating games and exercises that

unleash cooperation in the groups of children. This includes: group

discussions, brainstorming activities, problem-solving games and role plays.

The children learn that, for one to do well, they have to collaborate with

others, and that despite personal abilities that each of them possess, they are better

together. At this point, children gain insight into the meaning of a common

Swahili saying,“Umoja ni nguvu, utengano ni dhaifu.”


Children were further able to identify responsibilities and activities in their daily

lives that required cooperation. They unveiled that, tasks such as

taking care of their bodies is an individual responsibility, but accomplishing

some tasks such as cleaning our environment, studying, and helping chores at

home could be accomplished through cooperation with their siblings, friends

or classmates. This understanding goes hand in hand with a recognition that, to

cooperate, they need to be friendly, understanding and taking perspectives of

others, and use kind language in their conversations.


In the next few months we will be strengthening the 3 clubs before establishing more clubs.

The budget: It takes us about $1000 per month to run and sustain the three clubs. We

need to raise $3,000 to be able to sustain our children’s clubs for the next

three months. Thank you for all you do to contribute to the success of our center!

Bright Club Brainstorming on Cooperation
Bright Club Brainstorming on Cooperation


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Virtues Project International Association

Location: Calgary, AB - Canada
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Twitter: @VirtuesProject
Project Leader:
Valerie Hess
Dar es Salaam , Tanzania Canada
$9,284 raised of $10,000 goal
292 donations
$716 to go
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