We’re headed to Tanzania! This July and August, an EdPowerment “team” will return to the Moshi-Arusha area to develop its three programs. Moira Madonia, EdPowerment’s founder and high school teacher whose professional career began in international business; Stephanie Brodeur, a high school teacher and specialist in media production; Kerri Elliot, an EdPowerment director and special needs teacher in the Chicago area; and Jillian Swinford, an EdPowerment program manager and art teacher in Chicago, are joining forces. Together they will work with Country Director, Grace Lyimo, on the following:
- Formalizing the process for selecting promising candidates for 4 year secondary sponsorships
- Developing the administration of the sponsorship program with local public and private schools
- Building the educational program at the Kilimahewa rural school by employing certified local teachers supported by local and visiting volunteers. We also hope to put into place
- physical improvements to the small turquoise two-room school (see our pictures),
- a more structured curriculum that will prepare students to pass the qualifying test for secondary and vocational schools,
- better educational materials
- a snack/nutrition program.
- Planning the next steps for construction of a well that is vital to the economic prospects of families in this village.
- Sponsoring the first Autism Awareness workshop for families and individuals challenged by this developmental disorder.
And we will teach a few classes while there! This is a challenging agenda and we look forward to reporting on our progress in September. As always, your support is key in planning our commitments for the coming year. Please visit our “How You Can Help