Kornel Mbele coming to the U.S.!!!!

Exciting news from Tanzania! One of the students we are looking to sponsor, Kornel Mbele, was recently chosen as one of five students to represent Tanzania in a Youth Leadership program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. They will join fifteen other students from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. They will meet in the U.S. for one month for youth leadership and community development training. This is very exciting news for Kornel who has only been to the capital city of Dar es Salaam twice (on the same school field trip) and has very rarely left the remote rural community where he lives. Read the U.S. Embassy Press Release

Mama Kikwete Counsels Schoolgirls on Discipline

By The Guardian Reporter First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete has said that discipline is instrumental for girl students to excel in education. Mama Kikwete, who is also Women and Development Organization (WAMA) chairperson, made the remarks here over the weekend when she visited Mpanda Girls’ Secondary School. She said for years women and girls were denied their right to education, adding that it was now prime time for girls to seriously concentrate on their studies. The WAMA chairperson noted that early pregnancies had remained a stumbling block in girls’ education. “You will only get out of that trap if you seriously embark on education. Through education you can be able to identify better opportunities to uplift your families and the nation at large,” she said. Meanwhile, the government has donated 52m/- for the construction of four class rooms, toilets and a teacher’s house at the school. The school’s headmistress, Nyabise Sabasi, said the 23-year-old school was facing shortage of dormitories. “Some students sleep in classrooms,” she said.