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Published: February 7th 2013
Daniel & General SecretaryJanuary 31st
Provost from EARTH University, Dr. Daniel Sherrard wraps up his work in Karagwe.
The team is starting to head out. We all saw Ashley off shortly after breakfast. She was a welcome addition to the ETI team and we will miss her. Her professional photos of the people of Karagwe, the team, and our surroundings will be available sometime in February and we look forward to finding out what she saw through that lens. Daniel left shortly after his meeting with the General Secretary. I asked Daniel to meet with Dr. Bagonza as well, but he left town earlier in the week and was not available. They agreed to meet 'on the road' in a few hours. Daniel's place on the ETI team dealt more with programming and operational administration issues than with curriculum, however the two are connected- obviously. Daniel helped create and now steer a very successful university - EARTH University in Costa Rica- focused on Agriculture in developing communities. He was a very valuable member of the curriculum team in addition to providing input regarding programming, and as a sounding board for critical issues as plans unfold. Plus he was a good ambassador for the ETI team.
Pedro and Jay spent the whole day hammering out curriculum
from AshMill Photography hops her taxi to Bukoba
issues. Our Tanzanian colleagues seemed intrigued and possibly amused by the poster sheets with ideas taped all over the conference room walls! It is a work in progress and is inspiring. Year 1 Semester 1 is the first poster, and two walls over is the last with Year 3 Trimester 3. They have done- and still are doing as I write, an elegant job of designing course listings, internships, community engagement, and student support. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I am running out of adjectives for the positive happenings here and will resort to "WOW"! As part of the Educate Tanzania team, Jay and Pedro are supported by the Oswald Family Foundation, brought here specifically to co-create the program. This is no small task. They have devoted many, many, many hours to building the program for KARUCO. But what a privilege and rare experience
! Where and when else could Agriculturalists - where else could Jay and Pedro -- make such significant contributions, implement such creative and entrepreneurial ideas, and witness implementation that will transform the lives of so many? This is not a typical university experience! I am flat out delighted that Educate Tanzania was able to
Time With Brighton & Sam
KARUCO Coordinator and Community Development Officer spend time with ETI
bring these top-notch professionals here and in many ways, be transformed themselves.
I spent the day in meetings with Brighton Katabaro, Coordinator of KARUCO and Sam Kayongo, Community Development Officer and member of the KARUCO Task Force. Discussion focused on program approvals and the university protocols that may or may not be stumbling blocks. We talked water which is always an issue. Many engineers from Europe and including ETI's own partners have addressed this enormous challenge, but as of yet, viable solutions have been nonexistent. Ideas anyone?
Edina took me out for our traditional shopping expedition. We looked for the signature ETI fabric that we use on the website, some stationery, and other things to brand ETI. We hopped a taxi to Nkwenda and let me say that having 6 of us in a small taxi was a trip in and of itself. Loved it. We shopped at least 20 stores asking about the fabric but there was none. Edina and I have concluded that because the fabric was given to me in 2008 - it is now out of style. I am thinking that I will do my best to match the colors - beautiful teals and
Co-creating KARUCO's program
the 3-year plan in the making
browns and make do with what I find. The available fabrics are so beautiful here. AND.. Because I was out galavanting, I missed a spontaneous visit from the bishop. I was sorry because I would have loved to connect since he is now back from his meetings in Dar es Salaam.
Pedro and Jay went out for a Coke and Pedro loaned me his computer to blog. I tried to upload photos, so please revisit 'old' entries. It took three minutes shy of forever to upload the images. (I realized after I returned to the States that the entry was never uploaded. Sigh.) I am hoping that you can catch a glimpse of what we experience here visually. Privileged to be in Karagwe.
Take me to the Educate Tanzania website:www.educatetanzania.org
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