Saturday, July 16th
Karibuni is a word that we hear from the moment that we land in the Kilimanjaro Airport to daily walking the streets of Arusha. Everywhere we go people welcome us to the hotel, shops and restaurants.
This year there are four Canadians working together to support the Education Beyond Borders (EBB) project in Tanzania. Brittney Wallace and JiAi Cho are from British Columbia, Maureen HIllman is from Quebec and I’m Kimberly Brown from Saskatchewan. We have all worked through our jet lag and are continuing our planning sessions but now we are actually doing it in person. All of the other planning sessions have been over Skype and on Google Docs. Yesterday we started the morning completing our orientation sessions and discussed our safety plans. We also made our travel plans to King’ori and back to Arusha for the next three weeks. It was a good start to our time in Tanzania.
This morning we invited Mr. Urio, Ward Education Officer from Leguruki Ward along with Godlizen and Makungu who are EBB ward coordinators. We discussed the schedule for the next three weeks, the schedule for the trainer workshops and we also we made plans for the program evaluation and data collection workshop. Godlizen and Makungu also made plans for leading a sustainability session. The three men were also hard at work translating handouts from English to Kiswahili to use in the workshops.
From this point we’ll be working with our Canadian group to finish plans for the trainer workshops, finish getting printing done before we leave to the village area, making sure we have enough money to pay for workshop expenses and purchasing any supplies we will need while we’re out of the city. From now on we’ll be busy planning and working towards the goal of successful EBB workshops.
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