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Africa mixtape: countering oppression with hip-hop in Tanzania

The Africa Mixtape is an ongoing collection of songs handpicked by SIT Study Abroad students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Today’s contribution is by Clara Moore, a University of Colorado-Boulder student and alumna of SIT Study Abroad Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology. While studying abroad in Tanzania this past fall, I had the opportunity to study music and meet some incredibly inspiring musicians throughout my time there. One of the most popular types of music for the younger generation is hip-hop. According to the Tanzanian artist Chaba, hip-hop has long been an elevating form of expression and a creative and revolutionary counterforce to all forms of oppression. In the early 1990s, the genre became immensely popular around the same time as the beginning of a multi-party democracy in 1992, and later the introduction of commercial radio stations in Tanzania in 1994. Tanzanian … Continue reading

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Empowering Rural Women and Communities in Tanzania to Prevent Disease

By Max Perel-Slater, Advancing Leaders Fellow 2013, SIT Study Abroad: Tanzania 2009 I co-founded the Maji Safi Group (MSG) in March 2012 as a disease prevention and health promotion organization in the rural Rorya District of Tanzania. We empower rural Tanzanian women and communities to prevent disease through networks of collaboration. Our approach is to utilize women’s power as drivers of development to achieve the fundamental human right to water, hygiene, and sanitation. The MSG strategy of training and employing local women as Community Water Workers (CWWs) to be health promotion ambassadors for their communities is creating excitement among the villagers in Shirati. Local stakeholders are eagerly joining MSG’s prevention movement from multiple arenas, including homes, schools, markets, hospitals, NGOs, businesses, as well as through community events. Our next step is to expand the network of CWWs from one group … Continue reading

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Meet the Winners: World Learning Advancing Leaders Fellowships Awarded to Five Alumni

On June 5, World Learning selected five alumni to receive its new Advancing Leaders Fellowship. Established with seed money from Judy Huret, former World Learning vice chair and trustee, and her husband Bob, these alumni were awarded $10,000 each to implement an original social innovation project. Winners were selected following proposal presentations to a panel of judges and 200 guests at our inaugural Social Innovation Summit in San Francisco. More than 100 alumni applied, and 10 finalists were chosen to present at yesterday’s summit. The winners are: Sefakor Komabu-Pomayie; Project: Accessible Schools (Ghana); Enlightening and empowering people with and without disabilities through the media. Max Perel-Slater; Project: Maji Safi: Rural Centers of Disease Prevention (Tanzania); Empowering rural women and communities in Tanzania to prevent disease. Sarah Tucker; Project: Chasing Two Rabbits at Once (Cameroon); Providing mother-tongue mobile learning alternatives for … Continue reading

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Experiment in International Living expands to East Africa

This summer, The Experiment in International Living will introduce a new high school summer program in Tanzania, joining its other programs in Botswana, Ghana, Morocco, and South Africa on the African continent. “The Experiment is thrilled to return to East Africa after a decade-long absence.  This summer, Experimenters are going to have the opportunity to connect deeply with the people and cultures of Tanzania.” said Experiment Deputy Director Chris Frantz. The five-week Tanzania program begins with an orientation in Dar es Salaam where students practice their new Swahili language skills in the bustling markets and meet with community development experts to learn about vital social services.  Students then experience two homestays – the first with a Tanzanian family in the coastal town of Tanga and the second with a Maasai family in the African bush. The program concludes with a community-driven service … Continue reading

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