UCDVO have two projects based approximately two hours apart from each other in Tanzania; one in Morogoro and one in Ruaha. Through links with the Irish Embassy in Dar es Saalam, UCDVO established a partnership with a Tanzanian NGO called TanzEd. In 2009, UCDVO sent a group of volunteers to Morogoro for the first time. Since then volunteers have continued to work in Morogoro, Mikumi and Ruaha on computer education programmes, classroom refurbishments, summer camps for children, the distribution of books and educational resources, as well as the construction of a basketball court at Kihonda secondary school. UCDVO partners with Camara Education for the collection, refurbishment and transport of computers from Ireland.
‘UCDVO offers Tanzania a technological push. By installing new computer rooms in schools and then teaching the teachers in the schools how to use the computers, thousands of children will grow up with a keyboard at their fingertips, just as we did’ - Cillian Forde, Volunteer Tanzania 2010 project
‘At the end of four weeks 68 teachers received certificates of completion and passed not only the tests set them but had begun to pass on their new-found knowledge to their own pupils’ - Ros McFeely, Group Leader for Tanzania 2010 and 2011 projects
Tanzania Country Profile
Tanzania is over ten times the size of Ireland and is one of the largest countries in East Africa. It is bordered by Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. In 1961 Tanganyika gained its independence from Britain and in 1964 merged with Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanzania.
Since its independence it has been a stable and peaceful country. Tanzania has seen strong economic growth since 2000 with annual GDP increases of between 5 – 7% each year. However, Tanzania remains one of the world’s poorest countries with income levels amongst the lowest in Africa. The economy depends heavily on agriculture which accounts for more than 40% of GDP and employs the majority of the workforce.
The climate conditions and topography mean that only about 4% of the land can be used for cultivation. Tourism which builds on the country’s natural attractions is an important source of revenue for Tanzania.
Capital: Dodoma (Official), Dar es Salaam (Commercial)
Head of State: John Magufuli
Population: 39 Million
Language: Kiswahili or Swahili (official), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar) and many local languages.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be based in Morogoro which is approximately 3 hours west of Dar es Salaam. Power cuts are a possibility.
Health: Be mentally and physically prepared before you go, consider taking Acidophilus (probiotics) and a good quality multi-vitamin in advance.
Food: Spicy foods are common, and there is also much use of coconut milk. Since a large proportion of Khoja Indians had migrated into Tanzania, a considerable proportion of Tanzanian cuisine has been influenced by Indian cuisine.
Currency: Tanzanian shilling
Climate: There are two rainy seasons, mid-March to May and a shorter period of rain from November to mid-January.
Average Temperature: June/July 29 Celsius.
Security: Crime at the village or town level is less frequent than in the large cities like Dar es Salaam.
Human Rights: Homosexuality in Tanzania is illegal and a socially taboo topic; same-sex sexual acts are crimes punishable by the state.
Religion: Mainland - Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, and indigenous beliefs 35%. Zanzibar, more than 99% Muslim.
Dress: Tanzania has a strong Muslim population so it is very important to bring clothes that are respectable. When in the classroom, shoulders should be covered and long trousers worn.
Ethnic groups: Mainland - African 99% (of which 95% are Bantu consisting of more than 130 tribes).
5 Things You Should Know
- 68% of the population is living below the international poverty line of US $1.25 per day.
- Life expectancy in Tanzania 58 years.
- Literacy rate for those over 15 is 72%.
- Only 10% of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities.
- 37% of people are married by the time they are 18.
UCDVO Key Achievement 2009 - 2016
- Over 600 computers transported from Ireland to Tanzania
- 31 schools in Tanzania participated in our programme
- Provided training for approx 600 teachers
- English language classes for teachers and children in project schools
- Construction of a basketball court in Kihonda Secondary School
- School refurbishment projects
- Library development projects – books are provided to schools each year
- Interactive education workshops for school children
Key Partner Organisations
TanzEd and Camara Education
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