Written by: Kate Manners, Academy Volunteer in Moshi, Tanzania
We currently have three volunteer projects running from our Moshi, Tanzania location:
Public Health and Community Project
Girl Empowerment Project
Education and Community Support Project
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
At African Impact Moshi, we are working towards achieving the recently developed Global Goals. The Global Goals have been designed by the United Nations to achieve three broad aims by 2030: end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality. Central to all of these aims is education. Global Goal Four is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The African Impact Moshi Community English classes, which have been running for nearly three years, are one of the ways in which we are doing this. The door to our classroom is open to anyone who wants to learn English. Classes are 100% free and we teach in a fun and relaxed way that provides our students with practical language skills that will help them achieve their goals; whether they be a higher education, employment or simply fulfilling a love of learning! Through this approach, we have built a supportive learning environment in which we see our students thrive. Students’ progress is closely monitored through regular baseline testing to ensure that everyone is progressing – however quickly or slowly. We also consult regularly with the community about how we can best serve their needs through English classes.
All of the Global Goals are rooted in equality, especially Global Goal Four: “By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable.” We strongly believe that education should be available to everyone, and anyone who wants to learn is welcome in our classroom. Many of our students were not able to complete their schooling; they include young mothers, full time workers and people who have only recently gained literacy skills and have very little experience of formal education. These things might ordinarily exclude someone from accessing education. Through Community English, we want to break the cycle of inequality and encourage everyone to achieve their potential.
A major aspect of the Global Goals is sustainability: “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.” In Moshi, we are always aiming to make a sustainable impact and we do this in Community English through discussion of local and global issues. These have included tolerance, environmental issues, Tanzanian culture and, more recently with the launch of our Girl Impact project, a wide range of topics related to gender equality. These discussions are always a highlight of Community English classes. The inclusive yet diverse nature of the classes, and the fact that we have volunteer teachers from all over the world, means that we hear ideas from a cross-section of society that would not normally come together for discussion. Together, we are all becoming global citizens.