What’s New at Kibogoji Experiential Learning Center?


Good Morning Kibogoji Readers,

I have been working tirelessly for the past 3 years to open up a small experiential learning and media center for children of Turiani, Morogoro, in Tanzania. I am proud to announce that the wait is finally over. The Kibogoji Experiential Learning Center, inc is now open and the demand for what we offer is off the roof.

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Kibogoji Experiential Learning Center, Inc is the only door to the world unknown for majority of the children attending it. I’m delighted and very excited for the children. I wish all of them, a great year ahead. I am sure the children of Kibogoji will have a great year full of learning, playing, watching videos, and just having fun.

The centers’ goals for the first operating year are:

1) to improve reading and writing skills for the first and second grade students through an intensive reading and writing program.

2) to improve arithmetic skills for the first and second grade students through a rigorous math program.

3) to infuse the use of technology and play into teaching and learning.

4) to introduce an experiential learning program that will pair up children with professionals in our community so that the kids can learn different life and professional skills from adults.

As you can imagine, this is such a special year for Kibogoji Experiential Learning Center, Inc because the center has recently received five laptops and one brand new desktop computer. In addition, Kibogoji has also received a brand new projector and a sorround sound system. This is just the beginning of a great year ahead. It’s my hope, and without a doubt, that the best is yet to come.

If you would like to help the center become the change you would like to see and/or associate with, please visit: here for donations and to learn more about what we do. You can also e mail the program director Dr. Shaaban Fundi directly through this e mail: skfundi@hotmail.com.

As is, the space in which the center is housed is very small. Currently we can only accommodate about 15 kids at a time. The center is open for three hours a day and takes in two classes of 15 kids each one hour and a half. I would love to open up more space to accommodate more children. Right now the center accommodates 30 kids a day and about 150 children a week. I would love to buy more land so the kids have space for sports as well.

My observations for the first month of operation are that, due to limited space, we are not reaching a greater number of children in our community. Since the center was opened we have been turning kids away because of lack of space. If you feel like what we are doing at Kibogoji center is in line with the things you would like to help, please do so by donating your time and/or money to help us reach all children with our services.

Lastly, Kibogoji has hired a two highly qualified teachers to run the center. The teachers will be responsible for the day to day operation of the center’s work and creating lesson plans and all other activities geared towards achieving the center’s goals.

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The DICOTA Chronicle: January 2017 Issue.


Welcome to the DICOTA Chronicle Issue of January 2017.

Dear DICOTA Chronicle Readers!

At DICOTA, exciting things are happening this year. To keep you and all our readers in the loop, the DICOTA chronicle issue for January 2017 contains plenty of information.  Please take time to read it in its entirety. In this issue, “Building Our Future Together” is our binding message. DICOTA is excited to engage you and your community in the spirit of building stronger communities of the Tanzanian diaspora in America.

At the President’s Corner, Mr. Charles Bishota’s message details an outlook for the organization’s plans going forward. The President’s entire message is shown below. In addition to the President’s message, the DICOTA chronicle goes into further details present some of DICOTA’s exciting programs including a snapshot to the newly minted Strategic Plan, the Scholarship Fund, and many more. Again, if you want to stay in the know, click this link The DOCOTA Chronicle.

Building Our Future Together

Let me begin by wishing you a prosperous 2017 marked with good health, humor, and inspiration. I commit as your president to embrace the vital responsibility of executing DICOTA’s mission. Each one of you is an integral part of our community and I vow to be candid in all my discourse.    Writing the President’s message is hallowing in the fact that it is not as simple as an Instagram or Facebook post. In social media, even when your musings do not make sense, people will humor your comments with a “like”. I pray you will humor my musings, as well.

Prior DICOTA presidents have immersed themselves in numerous beneficial works for the diaspora community. I am honored to follow in their footsteps. I am especially honored to follow in the footsteps of President Ndaga Mwakabuta. The task is daunting, however, together we will be stronger together.   DICOTA owes its structural health, as well as its gratitude, to the work of Dr. Ndaga. He purposely approached every undertaking and left our organization with a stronger foundation. There was neither an unfinished task, nor an unreturned phone call during his tenure. Thank you, Dr. Ndaga, for your outstanding leadership!

As you know, the DICOTA Executive Committee (“EC”) for 2017/18 consists of: Secretary General, Nisa Kibona, Deputy Secretary, Dr. Fundi Shaaban, Treasurer, Kwame Kinabo, Assistant Treasurer, Ana Matulile, EC at Large Members, Ms. Fatma Al-Tamim, and Dr. Frank Minja. This team is full of passion and deeply believes in DICOTA’s core mission.

In addition, Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” In preparation for this year, the EC team brings a new perspective as well as a creative commitment to all our initiatives. This crew is dedicated to serve. Our EC team will bring lasting change to our communities both here and at home. Please encourage them by dropping a note at dicota@dicotausa.org.

Furthermore, soon we will share with you many of our exciting activities (including our three-pronged strategic plan) in the next issue of The DICOTA Chronicle. The Tanzanian diaspora in America is rapidly changing and it’s becoming bigger. The tapestry of our society is as diverse as our adopted home. It includes (among others) our children in Texas, graduate students in Kansas, entrepreneurs in Maryland, professionals in California, and artists in Atlanta. The core of this community, is, its love and devotion for Tanzania.

Moreover, this year we have an opportunity to promote a spirit of unity. Please join in the ongoing national discourse regarding the Tanzanian diaspora and the national land policies. If you have not yet renewed your membership or registered as a new member, please click the following link to do so: register/renew your membership. While visiting the site, please register into our Diaspora Database. Registration to the Diaspora Database does not require active membership to DICOTA. Your registration benefits all Tanzanians in America by creating a central repository for networking.

Lastly, our next convention will be in Seattle, WA during the summer of 2018. Our brothers and sisters in Seattle are already working hard to prepare for your arrival. Stay tuned for more details.   Stronger Together,   Mr. Charles Bishota, Esq. DICOTA President

Kibogoji Experiential Learning Center: Progressing Towards 2017.


Kibogoji Experiential Learning Center is housed in a one and ahalf roomed house near the police post in Turiani, Morogoro. Currently the center has over 800 different books. The books are mostly in English. In addition to the English book, Kibogoji was able to secure over 100 books from the Tanzania Publishing House (TPB) that are mainly in Kiswahili and a few of these books are bilingual (Swahili and English).

At Kibogoji, we understand that kids in our village are academically struggling especially in Math, English, and Swahili. Thus, the center’s short-term goal is to improve reading, writing, and arithmetic skills for children in our neighborhood. Kibogoji also believes that books are windows to the world unseen. Thus, reading books will expose our children to the world far from theirs.

A book reading, writing, and math refresher programs will be implemented. This intensive reading, writing, and arithmetic program will start this coming January, 2017. Through this program we will be able to close the math, reading, and writing gap for our children.

We will measure the impact of our intensive program using both formative and summative assessments. In particular,  a pre-and post-test assessment tool will be used to measure growth. The assessment tools we will be using in this program are rigorous, scientifically designed, research based, and evidence based . In addition, assessment during learning, rapid response systems, and on going reteaching strategies will be used throughout the six months to make sure all children  are learning at highest standards.

As we embark on this journey to help all kids have access to quality education. We hope, all well wishers will support this effort. We are looking forward to 2017 to be a great year in ensuring access to quality education for all our children.

As an educator, I believe “Building Stronger Children is Easier Than Repairing Brocken Men.” Therefore, to create a just society we must build stronger children and equip them with sellable skills. At the time when we are settling in in the 21st century, the skills that would be highly needed include: Great presentation skills, Writing skills, Math skills, and Information Technology Skills. Thus, these are the core competences we are intending to build for the children of Turiani at the Kibogoji Center.

Happy Holidays!!

To help Kibogoji Experiential Learning Center, Inc continue this wonderful work, donate here.  Your contributions are tax deductible. Thank you!!

Laura Pili Fundi: Little House on the Prairie.


Little house on the Prairie

By:

Laura Pili Fundi

   The tittle of my book is Little House on the Prairie. The author of this book is Laura Ingalls Wilder. The main characters of this book are: Laura, Mary, Ma, Pa, Baby Carrie, and Jack, their dog. The main characters in this story are related because they are in the same family.  The story takes place on the prairie near the creek, in Kansas. I know they are in the prairie in Kansas because at the beginning of this book the narrator describes being in the big woods of Wisconsin before moving to Kansas to the prairie.

This book begins when they are in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. The Big woods of Wisconsin was good while they Ingalls family was growing up. However, many people started moving over to Wisconsin because of immigration. The Ingalls family did not enjoy having all the people living around them. They decided to move west. Their journey was a success. There were no injuries and everyone was safe the whole way. But there were many difficulties during their journey such as crossing the river. Crossing a big river back in the 1800’s would normally take a week or 5 days.

The person telling the story is no one in the book in fact, it is the narrator. The main character of this book is Laura Ingalls. Laura is a very cheerful person, respectful, and is very brave. She was being brave when Ma and Baby Carrie were in the house with the Indians. She ran towards the house to see what was going on while being respectful towards her dad by not letting jack off his leash to go attack the Indians. I think the author wants us (the person reading the story) to think Laura is a very respectful child. I know this because whenever her parents tell her to do something she does it and does not hesitate or argue. I really like Laura because she is cheerful, respectful, and brave which is very good of a personality.

When there was a fire, Laura, Mary, Ma, and Pa did the right thing. They all worked together to keep each other safe. Laura helped pa get all the buckets filled up with water. Pa and Ma poured the buckets of water on to the fire. While Laura, Baby Carrie, And Jack waited by the house to stay safe. Now I know what to do on a real emergency with a fire.

This book connected me with the world of the 1800’s. Because in the 1800’s many things were the same like in the book: Little House on the Prairie. Like when they crossed the river in the 1800’s, I took about as long as I takes to across the country today by a car. This also reminds me of the 1800’s because in the beginning of the book, the narrator explained that people back then went in wagons to get to places. Also when they were on the prairie, Indians roamed around. Moreover, wild fires were a daily existence and you had to put them out yourself. It also reminds me of the 1800’s because getting food you had to hunt and you had to make a well to fetch your own water from.

Difficult, but, fun life­­—–it was.

DICOTA: 2016 National Land Policy Stakeholders’ Feedback.


The Diaspora Council of Tanzania (DICOTA) is pleased to release the feedback of  2016 Tanzania National Land Policy. The document reflects the many comments DICOTA received and, results  of the proposed land policy  interpretation. We would like to take this opportunity  to express our appreciation to all who responded to the call to action and provided feedback.

To read the synthesis go here: http://dicotaus.org/2016-land-policy-stakeholders-input/

DICOTA Seeks Stakeholders Input for the 2016 National Land Policy in Tanzania.


The Tanzania Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development has released the 2016 National Land Policy draft and is seeking stakeholder input.

The Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA) is soliciting feedback from the diaspora to submit to the Ministry. To view and comment on the draft policy please visit: http://dicotaus.org/2016-land-policy-stakeholders-input/Please provide input no later than Thursday December 1.

DICOTA will then compile the responses and submit to the ministry. If you wish to submit your comments directly, please visit the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development website for further instructions.

Virtual Specialist Interview Resources


As you begin the process to become the science virtual content specialist or any content specialist for that matter. You will normally be asked to start the interviewing process by creating a short video describing your experience for the position. Below is a video I made to give an example of what you could do. 

Then, you will be asked to create an interactive online lesson. Below is an example of such a lesson to help you in this process.

Today I will teach you an introductory chemistry lesson. In this lesson you will learn about the States of Matter. Click here. for the lesson plan.

 Before I begin my presentation. Please take five minutes to write down what you already know about the states of matter. Please click here for the pre-assessment document to start jotting down your answers.

Please upload your answer for me to have an idea regarding the levels of prior knowledge you already have on this topic.

Okay. Now you have shared with me your responses on the pre-test. I will begin my PowerPoint presentation to help you learn more about the four states of matter.

 Click here. to watch the power point presentation. As you are watching, the presentation. Please fill in the lesson outline that goes along with the presentation. Click Lesson Outline to download it.

Because I know students have different learning modalities and styles. Once you finish watching the PowerPoint presentation. Click here for an interactive activity that will help you to learn more about the states of matter in an interactive way.

In addition, click here. to watch a video discussing the states of matter. This will help to solidify your understanding of the concept.

Once, you have watched the video. Make sure to complete the posttest found here.

Thank you very much for participating in this lesson today. If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to send them my way: skfundi@hotmail.com  Click on the box below that says “comments.”

Changing Realities of Relationship Structure and Marriage in the Modern World.


The world is rapidly changing. Men needs to change their customs and thoughts to accommodate the changing realities and circumstances for and of women. It is a normal occurrence in the developing and the developed world nowadays to see women increasingly becoming financially independent than men. This is something that men may be afraid of. Unfortunately, the train has already left the station.

Men can’t stop these new trends. Therefore, must adapt to the new realities by changing their customs and thought process regarding relationship structures and marriage. Men must confront their pre-existing notion about they are position in relationships with women in an increasingly becoming women dominated world.

I know it is tough for men to do so. History has been on the side of men for centuries. The books ( both holy and non-holy) that men wrote to keep women in subjugated positions are starting to lose meaning. Men are scared of the new world they are about to venture in. Perhaps, at this juncture, I suggest men to celebrate women’s new found ranks in our societies and embrace the changing economic and relationship landscape. Because to keep resisting what we know we cannot stop is living a lie.
The fact that they are more girls than boys in most colleges (Rocheleau, M. (2006), Pew Research Center, (2014) and National Center for Education Statistics, (2012)  is a tale tell sign of what is to yet to come. Simply put, women will be spearheading most economic and job ranks in the near future. It’s just a fact. It may sounds scary for some, but, facts must remain so. In most society and especially here in the West, women are enjoying this new found space in their lives. And, men must start realizing that their hegemonic stronghold towards their relationships with women must change.

As I write this, there are a number of unmarried women in Tanzania and the USA , for the simple reason that men are either afraid of them because of their financial freedom and/or job titles. Men needs to come to term with the current economic and women empowerment realities. Otherwise, many fine women will be left out to live their lives in sex-less, relationship-less, and child-less environment. Just because they were able to gain financial freedom or higher job titles than men. That to me is shameful. I believe strongly in the idea that men don’t have to subjugate women to be complete.

I know, this concept is hard to digest coming from a testosterone dominated society. Furthermore, the research in future marriages and income suggests that our daughters will more likely become financially independent more so than the men who will marry them. My question is: should the men who are not independently worth run away from our daughters? I think not.

There is a need to define success, relationship structures, and marriage differently so that they may go along with the changing world. Again, I am not advocating for men to depend on their women. What I am saying here is in order to have a balanced family life that imparts value to kids (the rounded child concept), sometimes it is necessary to have one of the parents take a more direct role in the kids’ upbringing, thus losing ground in the financial aspect of the relationship. It can be the father or the mother. Which one?  It doesn’t matter. Does it?

There is a lot of negative impacts (socially, economically, and behaviorally) associated with kids’ upbringing when both parents decide to climb the corporate ladder. The research on children development is very clear on this. Most families are starting to realize the consequences of letting kids either raise themselves or being raised by a house girl or boy. When parents take on time consuming and stressful jobs to be financially independent, because of insecurities in their relationships, the kids suffer as a result. Thus, we must ask ourselves: what is good for us as parents and also what is generally good for our kids? There are many viable paths to all these completely complex life choices. I, for one, stays put……

Fully Funded Scholarships For Tanzanians


2016 Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK (Fully Funded) Application Deadline: 19November 2016
http://www.opportunitiesforcafricans.com/2016-commonwealth-scholarships-for-masters-and-phd-study-in-the-uk-fully-funded/

Please apply… & don’t forget to share the opportunity

1. Australia Award Scholarship (http://australiaawardsindo.or.id)
2. LPDP Scholarsh hip (http://www.beasiswalpdp.org/index.html)
3. DIKTI Scholarship a. Dalam Negeri (http://www.beasiswa.dikti.go.id/dn/)b. Luar Negeri (http://beasiswa.dikti.go.id/ln/)
4. Turkey Government Scholarship (http://www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/index.php/en)
5. General Cultural Scholarship India (http://www.iccrindia.net/gereralscheme.html)
6. USA Government Scholarship a. (http://www.aminef.or.id/index.php)b. (http://www.iief.or.id)
7. Netherland Government Scholarship (http://www.nesoindonesia.or.id/beasiswa)
8. Korean Government Scholarship (http://www.niied.go.kr/eng/contents.do…)
9. Belgium Government Scholarship (http://www.vliruos.be/4273.aspx)
10. Israel … … xxx
11. Sciences Po France (http://formation.sciences-po.fr/…/the-emile-boutmy-scholars…)
12. Utrecht University Netherland (http://www.uu.nl/…/grantsandscholarships/Pages/utrechtexcel…)
13. Prasetya Mulya Business School Indonesia (http://www.pmbs.ac.id/s2/scholarship.php?lang=ENG)
14. Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarship (http://www.mofat.gov.bn/index.php/announcement)
15. Monbugakusho Scholarship Japan (http://www.id.emb-japan.go.jp/sch.html)
16. Paramadina University Master Fellowship Indonesia (https://gradschool.paramadina.ac.id/…/paramadina-medco-fell…)
17. PPM School of Management Indonesia (http://ppm-manajemen.ac.id/beasiswa-penuh-s2-mm-reguler/)
18. University of Twente Netherland (http://www.utwente.nl/internationa…/scholarshipsandgrants/…/)
19. Sweden Government Scholarship (http://www.studyinsweden.se/Scholarships/)
20. Chinese Government Scholarship (http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua/scholarshipdetailen.aspx…)
21. Taiwan Government Scholarship (http://www.studyintaiwan.org/taiwan_scholarships.html)
22. United Kingdom Government SCholarship (http://www.chevening.org/indonesia/)
23. Panasonic Scholarship Japan (http://panasonic.net/citizensh…/scholarships/…/requirements/)
24. Ancora Foundation Scholarship (http://ancorafoundation.com)
25. Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship Japan (http://www.api-fellowships.org/body/)
26. AUN/SEED-Net Scholarship (http://www.seed-net.org/index.php)
27. Art Asia Major Scholarship Korea National University of Arts (http://eng.karts.ac.kr:81/karts/board/list.jsp…)
28. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Japan (http://www.apu.ac.jp/home/life/index.php?content_id=30)
29. Seoul National University Korea (http://en.snu.ac.kr/…/gradu…/scholarships/before-application)
30. DIKTIS Overseas Scholarship (http://www.pendis.kemenag.go.id/beasiswaln/)
31. Honjo International Scholarship Foundation Japan (http://hisf.or.jp/english/sch-f/)
32. IDB Merit Scholarship Programme for High Techn… read more