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Monthly Archives: September 2015

I received this beautiful, unsolicited letter from the Head Teacher of Reginald Mengi Secondary School in Moshi.  I thought I’d share it.  Click on ‘Nice Letter’.

Nice Letter

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I was in Moshi July/Aug to conduct the end of year workshop and implement the scholarships.  We had a special guest at the workshop.  My father came to visit and was able to join in and see first hand what Do Science is.  He said how much he enjoyed meeting the local teachers and hearing about their work.

IMG_2063I took this opportunity to present the visit I made to SNOLab last November.  I was lucky enough to win a teaching award and was invited to spend a week underground with the scientists in Sudbury who are carrying out experiments on particle physics.  I wanted to share this with my Tanzanian friends to allow them to learn about some of the cutting edge research that is going on so that they can subsequently motivate students to study science.  The Tanzanian curriculum is very content based and leaves little time to learn about current experiments in science.

I presented 15 student scholarships to students from 4 different schools.  Each received a $100 payment towards their school fees, a pair of shoes, a school bag and a solar light.  I awarded the Mahmoud Eid scholarship to a very bright and outgoing you boy from Msaranga School.

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My Dad and I visited Reginald Mengi School to interview the scholarship applicants.  The first photo shows the two cooks at the school.  They have many mouths to feed at school lunch each day.  You can see the pots are very big.  I wish we had uniforms at my school here in Ottawa.

In August I presented 15 student scholarships to students from 4 different schools.  Each received a $100 payment towards their school fees, a pair of shoes, a school bag and a solar light.  I awarded the Mahmoud Eid scholarship to a very bright and outgoing you boy from Msaranga School (final photo below).

Scholarsips 2015

IMG_2343While we were at Reginald Mengi, these two girls dropped by to visit.  They are past recipients of DST scholarships and are now packing up to go off to study A levels.  This will be at boarding school.  In Tanzania, the government reviews all the applicants and tells you were you will go to school.  I don’t think there is much choice.  They were quite excited.

I’m learning how to maneuver the bank lines to deposit the school fees, however I still spent over an hour in a line that never went anywhere.  It seems they were having some technical difficulties with their computers.

Another year of workshops has  completed and we are happy that the head teachers are supporting the teachers to attend the workshops.  I gave a survey and found that they were receiving between 10,000 and 30,000 Tanzanian shillings per teacher, compared to the 10,000 tsh that I paid them up to last year.  I’ll have to work on approaching some of the remaining schools that haven’t bought in yet.  Our workshop in July had 20 teachers in attendance.