ERIC Number: ED470704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
"Hakuna Matata": Lakeside Literacy in Tanzania.
Watson, Alan J.
This paper begins by telling the story of Edward, a preacher/teacher in Tanzania who, although poor and uneducated himself, managed to teach his parishioners how to read. The paper describes the experience of one man and his wife who spent 4 years at Katoke Teachers College in northwest Tanzania during the early 1970s, after which they returned to their home in Australia. The paper describes Katoke yesterday and today--the author returned to Katoke in 1998 for a visit. It notes that many things are now in disrepair, but the setting near Lake Victoria is still beautiful and the hospitality and vitality of the people are intact. It also points out that the poor economic conditions badly affect the provision of education in Katoke, from the primary school to the teachers college. The paper then describes the link that was formed between Katoke Teachers College and the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. It also discusses the establishment in Sydney of the Katoke Trust--a local aid body--which set up a scholarship fund for postgraduate study for promising students from Katoke; widows and orphans projects to send young children to school; and library books sent to Katoke. According to the paper, the whole thrust is to use available resources to help the people to help themselves. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Tanzania