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The Mwangaza Teacher Exchange program provided a unique opportunity for a secondary school teacher from Northwest Ohio to partner with a secondary school teacher from Tanzania in a three month team experience.

The teachers for our exchange:  The American teacher was Becky Howard, a special education science teacher at McTigue Jr. High School, Toledo. She and her family are members of Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania. The Tanzanian teacher was Mwl. (that stands for Mwalimu, 'teacher' in Swahili) Japheth Luka Laibon from Aya Secondary School, north of Dodoma. 

Becky coordinated and facilitated opportunities for the visiting educator, Japheth, to observe good teaching practices in Northwest Ohio high school classrooms. The focus was on the same academic instructional area as our visitor from Tanzania. The emphasis of the observations was on the methods and best practices as they relate to the subject content. Using the observations and experiences of our visitor, the host teacher  worked with her guest to develop specific lessons that will transfer to the needs in Tanzanian schools.

Japheth arrived March 4, 2004, and visited our schools during March and April. All costs, lodging, and transportation were provided by Northwestern Ohio synod congregations and members. Arrangements were made by the Mwangaza Committee, Charles Atkins, committee chair. If you have questions contact Chuck at 419-866-4864 or

Becky traveled to Tanzania for three weeks starting in mid June of 2004. The purpose of this visit was to participate in workshops with other American teachers and their counterpart Tanzanian educators, and to assist in the development of integrated interactive lesson plans that can be used in the Tanzania schools.

We were pleased to be a part of this outstanding program! Click here for pictures.

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