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|TEAA is still a tax-exempt "public charity." After a three year provisional period, IRS has ruled that the breadth of our financial support base qualifies us for this status, as opposed to being a private foundation. Thanks, Everyone!||Over 100 TEAA members and The All Is One Foundation have contributed since mid-2005. Click to see how & why and who has given. We've made over 50 grants. Those in 2007 went to a dozen schools and totaled over $30,000.|
|Arlone Child who initiated and championed the scholarship program at MacKay passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 4. Throughout her year-long battle with cancer, "Arlone continued going to her weekly water exercise classes and tutoring GED classes at the Jeffco jail every Tuesday afternoon until just three weeks ago," writes husband Gene Child who taught at Kenyatta TTC, 1966-68, accompanied by Arlone. "Wife, mother, teacher, traveler, philanthropist, best friend, she was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed."||
From Gertrude Ssekabira, principal at MacKay and TEAA friend:
"Today, 13th December, as I open your email, I am
greeted by the sad message! Arlone was dear to many of us and I
have always referred to her as our steadfast donor on the
Scholarship scheme. She had a special love for Africa and more so
for Mackay. I cannot forget her first fundraising drive when she
made dinner and sold all articles collected from East Africa so as
to get fees for the academically able but the financially unable
students of this school.
It is a great loss to us all, and I am sure when the 22 students [on 4-year scholarships through her fundraising efforts and generosity] learn of it, they will not remain the same. I will not allow Arlone to be forgotten in this school so one of the new classrooms will be named after her in honor of her selflessness to this school. May the Almighty God take Gene through this difficult time. Thanks Henry. Gertrude"
|TEAA has followed the progress of two Kenya schools since their inception. Principal Okunya Milton, head of St Joseph, Gunga, in the southwest of the country writes that the "students were very confident in their exams and we are sure they will do well. You should visit us again. The school is coming up well and I am very grateful that you have been part of us in its growth... The stock of science equipment is growing fast and the students are enjoying their practicals. Thank you for making it possible. We have also planted a number of indigenous trees; with these current rains, we hope they will grow."||Also heard from this week was Enoch Nandokha, TEAA representative in Bungoma in northwest Kenya. He has guided us through some significant personnel changes over the years and reports another, as the skills of our favorite science teacher have been tapped by the government for a new role, leading him away from Wamalwa Kijana HS, where we had supported his innovative efforts. Enoch also reports that the primary school he and his wife founded a few years ago and now run by her has seen its enrollment more than double this year, to 144.|
|Reading project under way at St.Bernard, Kiswera with the selection of 150 titles. Image shows a dozen of them with authors.||Sheboygan shufflers. Two TEAA-ers - your faithful webguy and Marsh McJunkin - turned in medal-winning 10K performances on Turkey morning while visiting in Wisconsin. The competition is thinning out.|
|Back to school: Fawn Cousens - accountant, prominent personage and TEAA representative in Uganda, generous host to TEAA visitors and events, and ex-TEA teacher in Kenya - has embarked on yet another adventure: she is a first-term student at Makerere University Business School, where, she reports, "classes nearly over, time for study break and then 8 3-hour exams over a three week period."|
|Dean O-Saki, our Dar-05 friend, responding to Brooks Goddard, who sent him Ron Stockman's reflections on the election of Obama, writes: "Brooks, thanks for this. I find it moving and interesting. Over here, our thought sometimes is that Obama has such a big task ahead of him, to help raise hope and heal wounds in America, that he won't have much time for attention to Africa. Yet his victory is still a victory for all. We wish him and all Americans the best term, and a second one. I hope he will use his position to provide educational opportunities for others in the same way these were provided to his father. Yes, blacks should take care of their kids. You beget a child, then educate and raise him/her. Otherwise, you are still just a boy, not yet a man. This is an old African principle, too. Best wishes to the mzee. Regards, Funja"||Captain and computer scientist Wesley Kosgei, currently teaching in the Kenya Air Force and a young university faculty member when I [hh] met him in 2005, has invited TEAA to "pay a visit to my rural home [and] witness the lifestyles in the Highland regions [photo]." Having looked at the 2008 trip report, he sends " Kudos to you, Bill and the entire TEAA team. Keep up the good work of selfless service to humanity. Some years ago I decided to follow your example and one day I'll document ... what I have been doing for my local community and school. I am simply inspired by your work."|
|Kenya sings Obama: Pride and anticipation have been widespread in Kenya, not only in Luo lands but nationwide. Click photo at right for a celebratory song on YouTube from before the US election. After it, Kenya declared a national holiday.||TEAA rep Peter Arunga writes from Luo land: "Obama is the son of the soil... who has ascended to the highest office... It was started by the Mboya-Kennedy airlift of Kenyans to the USA [that included] Obama's father and Wangari, the first African Woman to win a Nobel prize. Both Mboya and Kennedy were killed, but through them came the two." And as in America, so also in Kenya: "More than 1,000 babies born this week will be named Obama."|
|69 new A-level mathematics books from TEAA are in place at St. Bernard College, Kiswera, according to principal Olive Kakinda, who also reports that "The technician is in the process of installing the local area network to make it possible for students to use the e-granary. It will be ready next week."||National exams are underway in Uganda writes Sr. Nakafeero Bernadette, head of St. Joseph Centenary Secondary near Kampala: form four now and form six soon. The school "bought the text books and lab equipment in August and would like to thank TEAA for this assistance that will strengthen the teaching and learning of sciences in our school. The books are in our book storage where students can access them, the microscopes are in the science lab and all our computers are now working."|
Major Dar-05 organizer Kalafunja O-Saki has left his
deanship at UDSM to take up a new challenge. He is now Principal
of the College of Education at the University of Dodoma
(photo). In a letter to Brooks he writes that "This new university... is growing fast... Already
this year we are enrolling over 9000 students. When you come next
to Tanzania, please make a point to visit us.
"I also got a phone call from the Headmistress of Chang'ombe secondary school at DUCE thanking me for connecting her to you people. She said you had sent her some help and she was very grateful.
"I hope you will continue to inform your colleagues on the efforts being made here to increase enrollment in higher education and the challenge we continue to face on acquiring relevant reading materials, including ideas on internet sources, and experienced staff. We will be happy to have sabbatical arrangements of faculty wishing to work on local terms here.
"Many warm regards to all TEAA colleagues."
|The library project is underway at Moringe Sokoine. Headmaster Ndesamburo Kwayu reports that the staff collaborated on selection of the books, librarian Levina Lyimo has bought and processed them and "here are some pictures sent to you to see the happiness of the students. Let us hope they use them to uplift their academic perfomance. ... Thank you so much for your support." Sign held by student at left promises to "use library more effectively." Library chairs are under construction in Arusha.|
|TEAA has received a generous contribution in response to two obituaries in the most recent issue of our Newsletter. Thanks again to all our contributors!|
||Appreciation photo from the Board members at Tororo Girls' High. On display are A-level texts purchased with TEAA funding. Headmistress Ida Tarinyeba (second from right) holds their new LCD projector. A recent TEAA visitor endorsed this item, having seen a borrowed one in use at the school: "The teacher made competent use of both his own prepared material and a presentation created [commercially] on the basis of Uganda's national curriculum ... I was impressed by ... the teacher's facility with the equipment and his ability to integrate it into his teaching."|
|Server upgrade at Moringe Sokoine in Monduli, Tanzania, is the handiwork of computer teacher Lembris Losivu, who also supplied the photo. Pentium 4s from TEAA now function as "domain server, internet server and printer server... and now the network performance is good enough for the computer lab." Our most recent shipment of computers with World Computer Exchange mixed in some P4s for the first time.||
|... is the number of TEAA grants this summer. Three are at schools in Tanzania that are relatively new to us. Four are in Uganda and two in Kenya. Click on each of the country names for updates on schools.||The National Press Club's 100th anniversary 5K race today saw Ethiopians take overall firsts for men and women. TEAA-ers Henry Hamburger and Marsh McJunkin took medals (photo) in their age group, 65-69.|
TEAA rep Peter Indalo in southwest Kenya writes:
"Thanks, we have got the money and handed it
over. Thank you for the support.
We don't have to go to the north [of the world] to see snow. There is snow in Nyahururu (Thomson Falls). The whole village is covered by snow. Students are taking vacations to see snow in Kenya. [Nyahururu is the country's highest town at 7,500+ feet and runners train there. It's on the Nakuru-Nyeri road in Laikipia. -editor] more one week later
Obama's grandmother was attacked and solar panels stolen. Police station of three people sent to look after her. Tell Obama to send dollars to pay the police. moreGod bless. - Peter"
Parents Day at Ngarenaro "was a wonderful
celebration and many parents came for it," writes the principal,
Sister Mary Shaija. "After that the students went home with the
parents for their one week of break." The student in this photo
commemorates the event while developing her skills with the video
camera from a TEAA-assisted project. - September 3.
Axum obelisk restored to its historic site in northern Ethiopia, 71 years after Fascist looters sent it off to Rome and four years after my own visit when the status of the three tallest Axum obelisks was: one up, one gone and one on the ground. Doubtless several TEAA-ers passed this way on their way home from East Africa in the '60s.
|Focusing on science at Gunga, a teacher has gone for in-service training and the principal will soon attend a course on supervising a science staff. He reports buying a digital weighing balance and thanks us that "this time round we didn't have to borrow so many items" for labs on exams. These balances permit more accurate results with less expense on chemicals. Additional TEAA funding has just arrived and microscopes are next.|
Experiment in assistance. Many schools have requested LCD
projectors, but we have wondered if the benefits are worth the
cost, in comparison to, say, books or lab equipment. To explore
the benefits of this item we have selected two schools whose
objectives differ widely.
At Ngarenaro in Arusha, Tanzania, the projector will be part of a broader project to enable students to use modern electronic equipment in the service of creating and delivering sophisticated multimedia presentations, in preparation for national exams.
Tororo Girls in Uganda will put the device at the disposal of
teachers, as an aid to presentation of subject matter. They
demonstrated their preparedness at integrating presentation modes
using borrowed equipment during a TEAA visit in April.
Uganda TEAA Representative Fawn Cousens writes: "Today I paid for the projector for Tororo. The deputy head teacher came to see me with the receipt and proudly showed me the purchase. She said it is like a dream, she was so pleased."
St. Bernard's, Kiswera, is committed to a 10% admission
rate without fees for students unable to pay them. Principal
Olive Kakinda is "very happy to report that this
year we had seven students admitted to various state universities on
bursary. Six of these students were poor students who did not pay
school fees and were therefore supported by the school. This
indeed gives encouragement and joy.".
Her message begins with thanks to TEAA for their recent grant, mainly for A-level math books. The school, 80 miles southwest of Kampala, is on break for another two weeks. - August 25
TEAA representative in southwest Kenya writes:
"Thank you for the two grants for Gunga and Mukuyu.
More so for your dedication to assisting our schools...Mukuyu now
has a principal and Chairman of the Board...Pass our gratitude to
all who have made the grant possible.
"This time we are well. Tne rains have come, and people are planting. If it continues so, we shall be sure of food on the table. Our major problem is the cost of fuel... I am wondering whether to drive this vehicle any more." - August 19
|Don Knies gets first mention this month for phoning in with a kind word about the website among other things. If you missed his progress report in the recent Newsletter, click: Progress Report.|
|"I'm putting my 'stimulus' money where my heart is." - note included with a contribution from Emilee Cantieri|
|First ministerial visit to MacKay College whose headmistress writes that Minister of Education Geraldine Bitamazire presided over MacKay Day July 3. She was there to support the school's launch of "a historical documentary, 'The Genesis of Enlightment in Uganda,' depicting the history of education and religion in Uganda". The event "attracted many participants including 17 students and four teachers from Aberdeen Grammar School," attended in the 19th century by Alexander MacKay who once dwelt in the cave at edge of campus.|
News from the head of Gunga, a relatively small
TEAA-assisted school in the southwest corner of Kenya:
"We are getting back to normalcy though the strain caused by high food prices is quite a challenge. The political situation is now calm but the absence of war is not the same as peace.
"We are now in the middle of our school year and we are pushing on. We are currently facing challenges of running schools since the introduction of the FSE program. We are not allowed to charge any fees yet. Since the year began many schools including ours are yet to receive government funding. It is quite a challenging experience this time round."
Shelby Lewis writes:
Hi All. The offer to host a TEAA Reunion in Atlanta is still on. I would love to meet and work with other TEAAers in the area. If the dates for the reunion are not fixed, perhaps we should consider the possibility of scheduling the reunion at a time when participants can enjoy interesting local events like the Atlanta Jazz Festival (May), National Black Arts Festival (July) , Special High Museum or Alliance Theatre activities (Fall months), events at one or more of the 38 colleges and universities in metro Atlanta, The King Center and The Carter Center. My dissertation advisor is the director of the Carter Library and Museum. He has spent time in East Africa and might be open to some form of collaboration.
At any rate, I look forward to a planning meeting real soon.
Tororo Girls School's performance record is good news. I know at least two Tororo graduates in Atlanta.
Grain sacks recycled as classroom posters are a specialty of Mango Tree in Uganda. In particular they offer maps of Africa showing the countries and challenging students to name as many capitals as they can. At the initiative of Brooks Goddard, TEAA will soon be supplying such maps to a large number of East African schools. Shown here is another Mango Tree poster, on the prevention of STDs.
April school-visiting trip
|St. Bernard's installs computers and eGranary. 18 computers from TEAA are up and running. They are Pentium 3s as required by the Uganda national standards for offering Computer Studies. Their small but excellent program will now expand substantially.||Tororo Girls' High registers strong improvement in O-level Exams from 2006 to 2007. They are 20th in Uganda in number of Division I's and proportion is high. There was also improvement at A-level.|
|TEAA's crack team of technophiles has just received its XO laptop, courtesy of Fran Cahill, and has this report: We got it and it works, and it's quite adorable. It looks like it would definitely encourage a child to explore. Seems marvelous for the primary level for which it was designed, as you can tell from the keyboard: little keys for little fingers.|
|Installation of eGranary and computers is proceeding at St. Bernard's, Kiswera, near Masaka, Uganda just northwest of Lake Victoria. "The computer teacher has just tested the use of the digital library and has acclaimed its great learning value."||Gunga's first class to take the national exams "has done better than all the other schools around here. The performance in the sciences was quite impressive ... Our best candidate has been absorbed in the staff as a teacher assistant in our school in a program we have started, to motivate them and inspire others. She will be with us for 9 months as she waits to go to college."|
TEAA had a last-minute opportunity to get the last pallet
of 20 computers in a better than usual container from World
Computer Exchange bound for Arusha, Tanzania. Being last
minimizes waiting time, but it also meant finding schools in a
hurry, so Brooks whipped out the reports - remember those reports?
- from our 2005 trip. We also got sound advice from fellow
Tanzania traveler Professor Fran Vavrus of Teachers College,
Partly in response to TEAA optimism that we could find well-run schools that would make good use of the opportunity, WCE went ahead with shipment on February 20. By month-end we had sealed the deal and with luck these computers will be seen by two TEAA travelers in April. Descriptions of the schools are at right.
Moringe Sokoine, boarding school with approximately 530
students - both boys and girls. Visited by a swarm of (five)
TEAA-ers in '05, this is one of the schools that works with
Monduli TTC in "Teachers' City."
Ngarenaro Girls, in Arusha, Tanzania has over 400 students in forms 1 through 6. The school addresses "needs of education and all-round development of the girls whom we would like to take up leadership to bring change and transformation in society. Our students are from estranged and difficult situations, from single parent families, the majority of them being poor, abandoned or orphans." School headmistress Sr Mary Shaija informs us that this boarding school needs assistance with provision of basic room and board as well as academic technology.
|"Allow me to to say thank you for the generous and wonderful gift of 20 computers that we collected on Friday 15 February 2008. We are all excited about the computers we received and are working on arrangements to enable both teaching staff and students make the most benefit of them. I will soon send you some pictures of our present computer lab with more computers in." - Sr. Nakafeero Bernadette, the principal of new TEAA partner St. Joseph Centenary in Ndeeba, Kampala.|
|Uganda computers are now in hand, having achieved the final step of passing through customs. Fawn Cousens writes: Hi All. As you can see from the photo, the computers are here. The picture shows Tom, myself and the men who helped unload. The pallets had to be opened for removal as we had no fork lift. Tom will now start going through the computers to get the power set to 220V and the plugs changed. He reckons that by Wednesday people will be able to start collecting their consignments. However, as he is only one man it will take a bit of time. Customs did tell Tom that the bill of lading should not have said that there were printers as they were liable to duty. Customs said it should have said computers and accessories. Regards, Fawn|
|The computers have arrived in Kampala!! ... after months of waiting for enough orders from other groups to fill a container, delays in shipping between the US and Mombasa, and finally a wait in Nairobi in the face of troubles on each of the major routes, via either Kisumu or Eldoret. Only a few days ago, no one could enter or leave Kisumu and vehicles in a Uganda-bound convoy were destroyed in Eldoret. Our representative Fawn Cousens thinks it may have helped that "the shipper was Kenyan with Kenya vehicle registration." Pallets of 20 P3s will go to each of four TEAA-assisted schools: MacKay (Nateete/Kampala), and St. Joseph's Centenary (Ndeeba/Kampala), Tororo Girls High and St. Joseph's (Kiswera/Masaka).|
|Basketball thrives at MacKay where "Three ... students were selected participate at the national level and one came out with a silver medal!" The local cement company has promised to renovate 22 Kampala-area basketball courts including that of MacKay.||Nyakato form 2 excels: TEAA liaison William Mashimba reports that all 155 students exam-takers passed(!), with an average that ranked 28th out of over 400 schools in Tanzania's three-region Lake Zone. He insists TEAA has played a substantial role and writes "Congulatulations on what you have been doing at Nyakato."|
|Intel, OLPC split: Chipmaker Intel has terminated its collaboration with One Laptop Per Child, rejecting OLPC's request to end its support of other cheap educational laptops, notably its own Classmate.||Nairobi National Museum refurbished, renamed, reopened as part of NMK. For a dissent on the new paint job, click on|
|Latin offer to any East African school offering or interested in Latin: TEAA-er Bill Cooper will provide texts of short modern Latin poems. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.||Communication progress in Uganda includes more sophisticated teleconferencing as part of the national backbone infrastructure project. - HANA, Jan.26|