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We love Bibi Uji (Porridge Lady)

Doesn’t matter where you went to school, everyone remembers the break time bell and the half hour before it rings, when your stomach is rumbling and minutes seem like hours. Some of our students come to school not having had breakfast, so I can only imagine what...

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What are the real alternatives to caning?

  [Human Rights Watch believes there are alternatives to caning and corporal punishment such as guidance and counselling or extra homework and light chores.  "The problem in Kenya is that the teachers only have 4-5 hours on classroom discipline or classroom...

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10 Excuses for being late to school, Rural edition

10 Excuses for being late to school.  Village version When you live in a village and your school is not more than ten to fifteen minutes walk away, excuses for lateness are pretty limited.  The usual, “teacher the bus was late” or “there was a lot of traffic” and...

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The village

We are back after a long hiatus. The sun is shining, the sea is a beautiful turquoise blue and the sand is brilliantly white, just another day in Matemwe. A new volunteer, fresh faced students, eager teachers, hardworking staff and we are good to go, but I’d like to...

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First graders on the computers (Tamani, Zanzibar)

The first graders are getting really good on the computers! None of them had hardly seen or used a computer before, and just since the beginning of February they have picked it up really quickly. They play games where they should pick the right colour, chose the right...

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Medical education at Tamani (Zanzibar)

      We were very inspired by the medical team who were guests at Tamani some days ago. They left us a couple of very useful posters, which we can incorporate in our education. Basic medical knowledge and medical education is very important in a rural...

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Garden in bloom at Tamani (Zanzibar)

Our garden looks amazing right now! Even though it's dry season and most of the things start to look a bit as if they really need a heavy rain fall, some of our flowers prove to be tough ones!   Bourgainvilleas, hibiscus, ylangylang... They are truly amazing to...

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Walking down the stairs… (Tamani, Zanzibar)

Well, this is a quite particular problem... It's pretty hard to predict. It's difficult to understand. And just in general very very hard to see as a problem!   But imagine you are 4 years old. You can walk, you can run, no problem. But you have never ever in...

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US medical team staying in the villas (Tamani, Zanzibar)

This week we have the great honor of having a US based medical team staying with us at Tamani Villas. The organisation is called International Medical Relief. They are doing a tour around Tanzania and have been to the mainland doing clinics, and now they have arrived...

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Creativity at Tamani (Zanzibar)

  At Tamani we always try to be creative. One project we have done is to make the students plant different seeds and then see them grow. They found it very interesting to see the process and felt very proud when they managed to actually make the seed sprout!...

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Tamani Foundation Opens Primary School in Zanzibar!

Having completed a successful three years of nursery, we got our first nursery graduates at the end of 2014. It was an exciting end to the year for all of us here at Tamani, and it was nice to see our vision coming to fruition. Together with the celebrations also came...

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Pictures from our Annual Day at Tamani (Zanzibar)

        The annual day (Nov 29) was a huge success and as far as we can remember there hasn't been so many people at Tamani ever! People even stood outside just to listen to all the singing, music and acting that was taking place during a two hour...

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Yearbook for Tamani Foundation, Zanzibar

It is with much pleasure that we are celebrating the success of our first nursery graduating class of 2014 in addition to our first presentation of certificates in English and Computer for our adult learners.

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Preparation for next year (Tamani, Zanzibar)

Although this year is not yet finished we are already starting to prepare for the next one! And one thing that needs to be done is to provide good learning materials in order for the nursery students to have a great start.

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