University of Woollongong (UOW) team visits our Tanzanian Projects
In mid-February 2019 4 preservice teacher education students and 2 staff from the University of Wollongong (UOW) Faculty of Social Sciences had the privilege of travelling to the So They Can program in Babati, Tanzania. During the 2 week visit our team engaged with the staff, students and communities of the schools of Endagile, Kwaara and Manyara. In addition we had the opportunity to experience micro teaching with the Diploma students at Mamire Teachers College.
Combining education related activities with cultural immersion experiences a most amazing experience was had by all.
Jemima, one of our Primary Education preservice teachers suggests “In deciding to go to Tanzania, I thought that hopefully through teaching I could help others. As it turns out, this trip has benefitted me more than anyone else. It has given me insight, exposed me to uncomfortable truths about the world and myself, and changed my entire outlook on what is important, and how to approach the challenges and successes of life.”
We thank Terri, Delfina, Godfrey, Grace, Paolo, Yasini, Rose, Athumani, Asiyat, Henry, Patrice, David and all who made our visit so rewarding.
Maddi, our Bachelor of Science Education preservice teacher sums up the impact of her time in Tanzania brilliantly “Our experience determines the texture, taste and sound of our souls. I know that mine is the scent of African rain, the taste of red dirt and a fiery song for education. Whilst my eyes are forever captivated by Tanzania.”
Ms Katrina Gamble, Professor Lisa Kervin
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong