Mwangaza Education for Partnership 2007 Update

With thanksgiving for companion synod support of Mwangaza, this update indicates the significance of Mwangaza's work and the importance of your partnership.

Education Assessment of 54 ELCT Secondary Schools and Education Summit
The staff is in the process of re-visiting each school to gather the following data: number of students per classroom, number of books for each subject, level of education of each teacher, number of teachers who have participated in Mwangaza courses, library and computer facilities, national examination scores for students of each school. The collected data will be presented and analyzed at a churchwide Education Summit for education secretaries, heads of schools, and ELCT leaders. The event will launch a long-range planning process-to strengthen education in ELCT schools.

Online Teacher Partnerships
Through online communication, twelve Tanzanian/United States teacher teams are developing lessons plans on challenging aspects of the curriculum. An online partnership seminar for Tanzanian participants was held at Mwangaza Center.

Professional Development Seminars
Teachers from 54 schools attended seminars facilitated by Mwangaza staff, United States volunteer teachers, and online partnership teams. Workshops included methodology, content, computer literacy, and HIV/AIDS peer education.

Computer Literacy
Through a partnership with Luther College, computer skills were taught in every professional development seminar. After conducting a technical audit of eight schools in Meru Diocese and Northern Diocese, Luther College personnel prepared recommendations for strengthening computer literacy in ELCT schools. In June, 200 computers were shipped by Friends of Mwangaza for distribution in schools. Forty-five were installed after preparation of the facilities and training of the staff.  Others will be installed as schools are ready to receive them.

Binti-Mama (daughter-mother) Mediation Seminar
After women leaders were trained to facilitate the three phases of the Binti-Mama life-skills seminar, the course was taught in all dioceses. In evaluative sessions, women requested the development of a course which would strengthen communication skills and give them tools to address situations of conflict and threat in family and community. Mwangaza developed a pilot seminar using genderless wooden figures for role play and reflection. Women in eight dioceses have been trained to facilitate pilot courses. The response to the pilots has been very positive, as the methodology elicits frank discussion on difficult issues.

A Secondary School Coordinator is being sought to join Director Seelah Kissioki and Program Director William Kivuyo to facilitate Mwangaza's expanding program.