6th-Pan African Reading For All Conference at DSM

Pan African Reading for All Conference Program August 10 – 14 2009 at University of Dar Es Salaam

The Pan-African Reading for All (RFA) Conference is one of the most exciting and most memorable literacy events on the African continent. It is organized bi-annually by the International Reading Association’s International Development Committee in Africa (IRA/DAC) and the National Reading Association in the host country. The first edition was held in 1999 in the glamorous South African City of Pretoria. The second edition was held in Abuja in Nigeria in 2001. In 2003, the third edition was held in Kampala, the city of seven hills in Uganda. In 2005, the 4th edition of the Pan-African Reading for All conference was taken down south to Swaziland, commonly known as the Switzerland of Africa because of its scenic beauty and climate. The most recent edition of the conference held in August 2007 took glace in the West African country of Ghana, known for its gold wealth. The up coming 6th Pan-African Reading for All Conference is being organized by the International Reading Association’s International Development Committee in Africa (IRA/IDCA) in collaboration with the Reading Association of Tanzania (CCHAUTA.) and Children’s Book Project for Tanzania (CBP) to take place at the University of Dar Es Salaam, in Tanzania from August 10th -14th , 2009.

For registration form contact cbp@raha.com and for more information go to http://6thpanafricanrfa.blogspot.com

Its so unfortunately I will be traveling away from Dar Es Salaam during the conference, its my hope that some of you will be there.

Published in: on July 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nyerere on Education

Living, Leaving and Working Cannot be SeparetedNyerere.Photo

The excerpt  from Ten Years After Independence, presented by Mwalimu Nyerere at TANU National Conference, Septmber, 1971.

“..a workers is [not] to become simply as appendage to a machine- endlessly tightening nuts or endlessly copy typing. And for a Tanzanian to be regarded in this way is simply as a ‘unit of production’ would be quite contrary to everything we are trying to do. It would be to treat people as an instrument of development instead of as masters of development”.

“must not blind us to the horrible fact that almost the same proportion of our children now as in 1962 fail to find a place in primary school … it would be criminal if we allowed our failure to be enveloped in education. Those children without school places must remain as real challenge to us for the future”

“ In a country dedicated to change we must accept that education and working are both parts of living and should continue from birth until we die. Then we may begin to deserve the praise that was given to Tanzania by man who said that our policy is ‘revolution by education’. At the moment, and despite our undoubted achievements, such praise refers more to what we say than what we do”

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A Long Way Gone- Memoirs of A Boy Soldier by Ishamel Beah

A Long Way.Gone Beah Ishamel

In A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a powerfully gripping story: At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and, finally, to heal.

This is an extraordinary and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

When you read this book, you may be tempted to think that it’s a fiction and not a true story. But what Beah reveals are details on how war atrocities especially children. They way which he was running from one village to another escaping the war, how he lost his family and friends is so sad for any young person to experience. In some scene the story is horrifying, on how he turned to be a soldier using drugs and force to kill as revenge. After finishing reading this book, you will know the value of peace which other countries enjoy. Also, the book gives rear story of children who participated in war, survived and was able to rehabilitate. The books re

You may read more about this book here: http://www.alongwaygone.com/

For those in Dar Es Salaam, I have one copy only and can borrow, if you promise to return it.

Published in: on July 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer John.

Who Moved My Cheese Spencer John

Who Moved My Cheese? is the story of four characters living in a “Maze” who face unexpected change when they discover their “Cheese” has disappeared. Sniff and Scurry, who are mice, and Hem and Haw, little people the size of mice, each adapt to change in their “Maze” differently. In fact, one doesn’t adapt at all.

What I could gather from this short book is on CHANGE. The two mice Sniff and Scurry were ready for changes. When they find that Cheese is finished, they did not sit and wait for another one. Instead they were able to put on their shoes and embark on journey to look for another territory of Cheese. While their fellow little people Hem and Haw, were not ready to go and start looking for another Cheese after the first one finished. What I learned from this book is willingness to change and knowing that, success and opportunities are sometimes not where we want them to be. One of challenging moment in life is to know when is the time to change and take another step in life. To survive in this ever changing world, one needs to have capacity to analyze situation and know when it’s the right time to take a sometimes difficult position. One of the quote from the book is “Noticing Small Changes Early Helps You Adapt to Bigger Changes That Are To Come”

I will recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t read it, and its very short, 39 pages only.  Similar to this, there is another book: Who Moved My Ladder: The Working Woman’s Guide to Success by Fiona Coyne.

Published in: on July 1, 2009 at 5:03 pm  Leave a Comment