A REPORT OF ENVIRONMENTAL, EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL TOUR IN DENMARK BY
ALLY H. SHIKONY (TRC COORDINATOR MOSHI MUNICIPALITY),
HUGHOBERT N. SHIRIMA (TEACHER FROM J.K. NYERERE SEC. SCHOOL – MOSHI MUNICIPALITY)
AND NINE BRIGHT GREEN YOUTH PARTICIPANTS FROM DIFFERENT SCHOOLS
IN KILIMANJARO REGION – TANZANIA
FROM 06TH AUGUST TO 26TH AUGUST 2009
WRITTEN BY ALLY H. SHIKONY (COORDINATOR MAWENZI TEACHERS’ RESOURCE CENTRE – KILIMANJARO – TANZANIA)
A couple, Brigitte and Anders Brandt on behalf of MS Copenhagen and Bright Green Youth Camp in Sonderborg Denmark, extended a cordially invitation on environment, education and cultural tour to Denmark between 06th August and 26th August 2009 for nine youths and two teachers from Kilimanjaro Region in Tanzania. The invitation was extended to the following:
Mr. Ally H. Shikony, the Coordinator, Mawenzi Teachers’ Resource Center (TRC),
Mr. Hughobert N. Shirima, teacher, J.K. Nyerere Secondary School,
Hamisi A. Hamisi, student from J.K. Nyerere Secondary School,
Ramadhan L. Mandel, student from J.K. Nyerere Secondary School,
Hemed H. Kiluvia, student from J.K. Nyerere Secondary School,
Halidi A. Hamisi, student from Majengo Secondary School,
Iddi S. Mkiramweni, student from Mjimpya Secondary School,
Hamisi H. Kaita, private candidate student from Mawenzi TRC, and
Mariagoretti D. Shayo, private candidate student, Mawenzi TRC, all from Moshi Municipality,
Mussa R. Mrutu, student from Lomwe Secondary School and
Beatrice S. Materu, student from Lomwe Secondary School, both from Mwanga District.
The Kilimanjaro Regional Education Officer on behalf of the Regional Administrative Secretary, the Moshi Municipal Director and respective Heads of schools accepted the invitation. Preparation was made and all participants left for Denmark on 05th August 2009 through the Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania via Amsterdam International Airport in the Netherlands (Holland) to Billund Airport in Denmark.
The objectives of the tour for both parties were:
To participate in various types of environmental workshops with other youths from different parts of the world.
Teach and explain pupils in Danish Schools about living conditions in Tanzania.
Observe the running of Primary, and Secondary Schools in Denmark.
Tell about discipline and democracy in Tanzanian schools. Pupils’ participation in the process of teaching and learning etc. learn about democracy in Danish schools.
To visit places taking care of the Danish environment.
To have a cultural and an educational exchange programs between teachers in Moshi Municipality – Tanzania and teachers in Denmark.
However, it was of utmost importance that through this invitation, both parties (the eleven visitors from Tanzania and people from Denmark and different parts of the world they met) were able to:
Tell, discuss and find solutions to different envoronmental problems they have in their areas in reffering to the climatical changes they are experiencing.
Discuss on how Carbon dioxide emission could be reduced in the world so that we can have a clean world with less CO2.
Enhance teaching 3rd World Topics in schools in Denmark in the proper way thus encouraging teachers/pupils in Denmark to go to Africa.
Develop networking Schools in Moshi Municipality in Tanzania and Schools in Denmark e.g. within Danfoss Universe in Denmark, TRC, Secondary Schools, District level cooperation and individual teachers in both countries. The aim was to share information and experiences.
Find ways of acquiring teaching/learning materials and school equipment from different Danish Organizations in Denmark for Schools in Moshi Municipality in Tanzania.
Develop a cultural and an educational program between teachers in Denmark and those in Moshi Municipality in Tanzania.
In this juncture, therefore, Mr. Ally H. Shikony and Hughobert N. Shirima with their host family Brigitte and Anders Brandt had to draw a tight schedule, which met the above-mentioned objectives.