Reported by Melissa Locke:
Once we returned from Tanzania, Nord Anglia Education and Global Classrooms tasked our group with choosing, organising and delivering an action campaign that will help better the lives of the people of Arusha and Tanzania. During our meeting after Tanzania and before Spring Holiday the team threw around some ideas. We discussed possibly raising awareness about how safaris affect the wildlife; we thought about doing this by producing leaflets, holding assemblies and partnering with the Al Ain Zoo. We also came up with the idea of creating scenarios of daily life in Tanzania for the students to participate in and get an idea (although watered down) on how Tanzanians live.
Over the Spring Holiday though the group agreed that we should come up with an action campaign with the children (orphans and school children) that we had the pleasure of meeting.
Each member was given the project of coming up with an idea, researching it and making a presentation on their action campaign idea. These presentations included the Tanzanian life scenarios, adopting a library, sending supplies, training teachers, etc. After a democratic vote we decided on adopting a library in Arusha through the organisation CODE. Through further research we discovered that the organization in fact had a library in Arusha and there was a way to send letters to the children. We then made contact with CODE through email expressing our desires, concerns and interest. They responded:
“Dear Ms. Higgins,
Thank you for your interest in our Adopt a library (AAL) program. Unfortunately, CODE no longer works in the region of Arusha in Tanzania. Apologies for the confusion, that library should have been taken off our website.
Our partner in Tanzania, the Children’s Book Trust, is focusing its efforts in Dodoma-Kongwa District. We have an unadopted school library called Mkoka there.
The AAL commitment is of $2,500 per year. Once the goal of $2,500 is reached you can readopt for another year for the same goal of $2,500 annually or you can give it up for adoption and we will reassign it to another funder.
If your group decides to adopt this library please let me know and I will put your group’s name on our website as the adopter.
Let me know if you require more information.”
The whole group was disappointed to find out that the library in Arusha had been closed. After discussing the option our team decided to adopt the library in Dodoma-Kongwa.
“If you can read and write, you can do anything and be anything.” – C.O.D.E homepage
The opportunity of having relative literature at hand and the ability to read and write is an idea that the group as a whole agreed was important, and we believe this to be the best way the Tanzania Crew can help the wonderful people of Tanzania.
As the school year comes to an end, the adoption of the Dodoma – Kongwa library will be the last act of the Tanzania Crew, the first that is. It has been such a wonderful experience that we are grateful to have been the Tanzania Expedition Ambassadors. Our adopted library is our action plan, but we hope that the community of BISAD comes to enjoy knowing that they are providing an unique chance for the children of Tanzania and that the students chosen for the next ten years decide to continue to put a smile on a child’s face with words in a book.
If you would like more information about the reading Tanzania project visit http://www.codecan.org/our-programs/where-we-work/tanzania