AN OVERVIEW OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN TANZANIA: History, Reforms, and Research-Based Recommendations for Improvement.

This small handbook covers the history of the education system in Tanzania, the major policy reforms that have taken place since the country’s independence, and at the end, the handbook offers research-based recommendations that the country can pursue to change its education system to meet the needs of all children. As you may know, there have been numerous discussions regarding the successes and failures of the education system in Tanzania. Continue reading “AN OVERVIEW OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN TANZANIA: History, Reforms, and Research-Based Recommendations for Improvement.”

Improving equity and quality of education in Tanzania

In this presentation I discuss educational philosophies the Tanzanian education system has pursued since the country’s independence. Tanzania inherited the British System of Education. In its early years, the country pursued the Excellence Model of Education. The Excellence Model of education was entirely based on a bizarre interpretation of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Early educationists believed in the survival of the fittest as being the main tenet of the Darwinian Theory. Thus, survival of the fittest become the heart and soul of their education philosophy. The country pursued this philosophy (educating only the best) of education until late 1990s. Continue reading “Improving equity and quality of education in Tanzania”

What ails the Tanzanian Education System? The GPA vs Division Debate.

Yesterday, I re-read a letter  Mr. Rakesh Rajani  wrote to Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda. The letter was titled “Commission to Investigate Causes of Poor Form IV Results” and dated May 13th, 2013.   The letter sparked my interest on recent development regarding education reporting in Tanzania. A few weeks ago, Professor Ndalichako decided to remove the use of gpa in calculating students’ results when reporting exam scores. In arriving to her decision, Professor Ndalichako (the current Minister of Education) reported to have used sound scientific evidence. I quote “”Yes, we need change, but change should be informed and backed by scientific grounds.” Continue reading “What ails the Tanzanian Education System? The GPA vs Division Debate.”

Does Affect Impact Student Achievement?

Background: Educators are experiencing undue pressure to perform in education accountability driven by evidence-based instruction. The pressure to show adequate student performance on standardized tests causes many educators to allocate a larger portion of their classroom instructional time to test preparation instead of teaching higher-order learning and thinking skills (Tapia & Marsh, 2004). The shift in teaching time allocation also causes educators to sacrifice other crucial teaching and learning components believed to Continue reading “Does Affect Impact Student Achievement?”

What Made 2011 Special for Me?

This was an incredible year. I finally had the opportunity to visit Soweto. It was an incredible moment for me to see the houses of both my favorite South African leaders, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. 

I also had the opportunity to work with my co-workers to organize an event to raise funds for the Mutombo Dikembe Foundation. I have always thought that I was of a decent height, until Dikembe Mutombo towered over me at the event. The whole experience resulted into a sore neck at the end. Is this how short people feel standing next to me?

I just had to take this photo. The girls were such a beauty along the side of the beach in Nungwi Village, Zanzibar. Aren’t they cute?

 This is the view over a window at the Zanzibar Museum in Stone Town, Zanzibar. It was too beautiful. I had to grab my camera and shoot this amazing scenary.

I had an amazing walk in those sweaty and humid narrow streets in Mji Mkongwe (Stone Town), Zanzibar. The shops are everywhere and the shop keepers are eager for you to unzip your wallet. 

I took the three shots below in the Rock City (Mwanza), Tanzania. I fell in love with Mwanza. The temperature was just right and the price was also right. The city was very gentle to my wallet. I will be here again in the near future.

 I just could not resist remembering this small restaurant just on the outside of the main bus stop in Shinyanga. The menu tells it all. I had to test the “LOST KUKU” and amazingly it was really good for the price. I will indeed eat there next time. Hopefully, I will find myself in this party of the country soon.


These three shots were taken in Meatu, Shinyanga, Tanzania. This is the only superstore in Town. Despite the lack of necessities in Meatu, I met the friendliest people on earth.

Kibogoji, what else can I say about it. This is the village that I humbly borrowed the name for my blog. The village is located somewhere between madongo poromoka in Morogoro, Tanzania.

 The three shots above shows some of the residents of Kibogoji.  The next two pics below shows the mountains surrounding the village of Kibogoji.

 Back in Dar Es Salaam. It was such a joy to meet and take photos of the people I love and remember as the year comes to an end. Merry Xmass, hear!!.

Enough with Tanzania and now back to reality-my reality that is.

This woman wanted to take a picture of me at the DICOTA convention in Washington D.C. and I was like ooh no babe! I have to take yours as well. I have no idea who she was, but her image is still fresh in my memory.

Tanzania will be “celebrating” and bringing 2011 in the Darkness.

Yeah my friend said it. It is official. Tanzanians all-over this vast nation will be subjected to power rationing in new-year’s eve. How incredible!!! I am just kidding. I lived in Tanzania, all my life. I lived in Dar, Mji Mkongwe, Nungwi, Mjini Magharibi, Moro, Tabora, Dodoma, Tanga, Kigoma, Arusha, Lindi and even Mtwara. I have welcomed many new years in these towns with no notice of the fact that the calendar was changing. I will go to sleep at night and wake up the next day to another year and life kept going. No celebrations whatsoever!

Why am I raising this non issue then? I should just shut up!!! WTF. No…I won’t. It is because an American friend of mine reminded me of this non issue. The context of our conversation brought this topic to the open.
He said, Atlanta is the ideal destination for New Years Eve. Atlanta has a multitude of events suitable for anyone looking to have a fun and exciting New Years Eve experience. New Years Eve in Atlanta has become one of the most popular destinations for bars, strip clubs, lounges and nightclubs. Making it a great place for ringing in the New Year any way you want. It is known for its variety of options, formal or casual, with anything from live music and top DJ’s, to fireworks and top-shelf open bars, ensuring an enjoyable experience for anyone wishing to experience a bit of Atlanta nightlife on New Year’s Eve. Welcome to the Dirt South babe, he said. In the back of my mind I was just like…this guy can run his mouth.

We were just talking about the various options we could ring in 2011. But without power, all these activities will not be feasible. That was his point, not mine.

I guess my question is to my Tanzania friends. How are you planning to celebrate your New Year’s Eve without Power? To those in the Diasporas, how did you celebrate New Year’s Eve when you were still living in Bongo?
My comment box is always open for your comments, be creative!!