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Pre-primary education in Tanzania tend to largely focus on academic skills. This might, at first, seem perfectly reasonable. Education, after all, is paramount. ‘Quality Education’ is Global Goal Number 4. However, there is a cry in Tanzania for a more holistic approach to pre-primary education. Here’s why.

October 8, 2015

Gender equality, good health and sanitation are cross-cutting themes across many of Raleigh Tanzania’s projects. In the wake of the Millennium Global Development Goals, perhaps one of the most notable improvements in Tanzania is that most children are now enrolled in Primary School education, grace aux the abolishment of school fees. That’s the silver lining.

October 8, 2015

In a world of infinitely accelerating digital growth, nothing can be more invigorating than going slow. Strip away the background din of constant whirring, buzzing, beeping, ringing and revving and you might just be able to hear your own thoughts. Remove the convenience of every place on earth being accessible out of the space in the palm of your handheld device, and you may have to look up. Open your eyes. Use your head.

October 8, 2015

The WASH volunteers arrived last Wednesday from the UK and across Tanzania and after five days of introductions and information about the programme and life in rural communities, they set off on Monday to their respective villages. The teams travelled to Njombe in the Southern Highlands region of Tanzania before arriving in their villages yesterday to meet their homestay families and settle in. The Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) methodology has already begun in the WASH communities so the groups will be working alongside project partner SAWA to help raise awareness of the sanitation and hygiene programme. Every week, two groups will be writing blogs with an update on their progress and weekly activities so check back for updates!

October 7, 2015

The Entrepreneur volunteers arrived last Wednesday from the UK and across Tanzania and after five days of introductions and information about the programme and life in rural communities, they set off on Monday morning to their respective villages. The teams travelled to Njombe and Mbeya in the Southern Highlands region of Tanzania before arriving in their villages yesterday to meet their homestay families and settle in. Over the course of the next week they will be meeting community leaders and entrepreneurs who completed the programme in the summer as well as those who will begin training next week. Every week, two groups will be writing blogs with an update on their progress and weekly activities so check back for updates!


October 7, 2015

After four days of intensive training and a practice trek, our Volunteer Managers are brimming with eye-opening knowledge and new found skills. Only one question remains: where will everyone be allocated for Phase One? Who will be spending the second half of October venturing forth into the Southern Highlands to head up the Leadership Development Trek? Who will be muscling in on the community resilience action, helping to establish an Early Childhood Development centre in Didia? Who will be making themselves at home in Endagikot, working on Schools, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects? And who will be nobly holding the fort at Fieldbase?

October 2, 2015

It only takes a glance at the news headlines to deem our world one that is vivid with troubles. We get so caught up in the negative that we are prone to completely bypass the positive. Let’s focus (for a change) on those resplendent golden nuggets, or rather, bricks of positivity for a moment. A hoard of measurable facts, figures and stories of success and progress over the past fifteen years account for their hefty weight. Tabloid stories are outweighed by their solidity, outshone by their brilliance.

October 1, 2015

We’re delighted to announce a full house for Expedition 15K! Our twelve remaining volunteer managers touched down safely here at the foot of the Uluguru Mountains last Thursday.

September 29, 2015

A huge part of Tanzanian culture is its inherent sense of community. It hits you as soon as you arrive here: everyone is inclusive, not exclusive. A familial trust glows in every face, every voice. Greetings of ‘sister’ and ‘brother’ chime out everywhere you go. Regardless of who you are, what you look like, where you have come from, why you are here. The message seems to be: You are in Tanzania now. Welcome to the family.

September 28, 2015