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/)
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Life time: a concept I learned volunteering at a senior citizen’s living community.


There are 24 life hours in a day. You sleep for 8 of them (recommended). That leaves you with 16 hours. Lets say you spend 4 hours for your commute, shower, eating, and other none important issues of the day. Now you are left with 12 life hours.

These are your life hours for a day. Twelve hours only. You have a choice. You can either sell most of those hours to the highest bidder ( climbing the corporate ladder for what is called success) or enjoy them yourself (with your kids, your family, and also for traveling)while selling just a few to your work.

I learned this important life lesson while volunteering at a senior citizen’s retirement home. That life comes with a fixed amount of time. And that life is about experience over things…….things that you sell your life time for. Things like titles and material wealth. Both comes at a cost called your life time. You have to sell your life time to achieve them.

To live a full life, you have to realign your value system.

I am not anti success or anything. However, balancing your life time is important. Don’t sell all of your life time to the highest salary or to accumulating only material wealth. When the time comes for your life’s curtains to close on you. Something called regret, oftentimes shows up.

And I know so much about life’s regret through my experience volunteering at the senior home. Most of the elderly I met regretted not spending their life time with their kids, family, and also not spending their life time traveling. No one regretted not having money. Because money did not have value or meaning to them when the only thing they were waiting for was death. Life time had value, unfortunately, there was not much of it left for them.

So, while you have plenty of your life time, spending it with your kids, family, and do travel to have the experiences that you will cherish while waiting for the time for you to leave this earth.

Please spend your life time wisely.

Dr. Shaaban K Fundi

CHAPTER THREE: Education Ideologies


CHAPTER THREE: Education Ideologies

You may be asking yourself, why am I talking about education ideologies while discussing the education system in Tanzania? The answer is simple. Human knowledge is socially constructed. In order to create solutions related to education, the context under which those solutions are created is important. In addition, to create solutions to educational problems, one needs to know Continue reading

Chapter Two: Major Policy Reforms Continued


As I continue to write about education reforms in Tanzania. Chapter 2 will not be complete without a mention of a monumental and most progressive education policy released in February of 2015. Here, instead of writing descriptively about the policy itself and what it contains, I will highlight the issues I thought were great. In addition, I will also talk briefly about the areas that were raised but there is lack of detailed information about them Continue reading

CHAPTER TWO: Major Education Reform


Chapter two covers the major policy changes that took place in the education system in Tanzania since the country’s Independence. I don’t claim the list to be complete or exhaustive, however, it is a good start to understanding the changes that took place within the education system because of internal and external political realities of the times Continue reading

CHAPTER ONE: Background of Education in Tanzania


The Tanzanian education system would not have existed without a mention of both colonial Germanic and British education systems.  Prior to the German and British education systems, it is documented that formal Western schooling began in around 1868 by missionaries of different denominations. Before the missionaries, an informal tribal education existed in each of the more than 120 tribes in the country. Continue reading