Monday, June 29, 2009

Columnist Young Kimaro in the Dar Es Salaam "Daily News Online" - her vision for science education in Tanzania's secondary schools

Writing in the 27th June 2009 edition of the Daily News Online in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, columnist Young Kimaro questions the government proposal for a 590 million US dollar debt to build and equip science laboratories in every secondary school in the country.

Ms. Kimaro presents her own proposal: that every secondary school in Tanzania could receive its own "science stimulus package...a projector, a DVD player, two large speakers, a mini-generator for power backup, a screen, educational DVDs, and a fair selection of science reference books and biographies to bring all this excitement about science to the children."

The cost of Ms. Kimaro's proposal? "About 17.5 million US dollars will equip all 3,500 secondary schools in the country with such science stimulus packages and have them up and running. That's only 3 percent of the 590 million US dollars that the Ministry of Education proposes to spend on science labs."

Her research and proposal make sense to me. What do you think? Click here to read the full story.

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