One more year in the books!

One more year in the books!

We have just reached the end of another successful year at Tamani, which has seen the starting of our very own Primary School, the tremendous input from a wide variety of volunteers from all around the world, new teachers, guests and teacher trainers and 67 incredibly...
Jambo from Zanzibar – Teacher Zahra

Jambo from Zanzibar – Teacher Zahra

Jambo from Zanzibar! This is my second time returning to Zanzibar and I have to tell you my heart still skips a beat when I see Tamani in action. My love for the children and teachers have grown which I didn’t think was possible. I feel blessed to be back to the serve...
We love Bibi Uji (Porridge Lady)

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...
Making ABCs fun with Jolly Phonics

Making ABCs fun with Jolly Phonics

What’s so jolly about phonics?  A lot.  Where was jolly phonics when I was in Nursery.  One of our past teachers introduced Jolly phonics to the students approximately two years ago.  For those of you who have not heard of Jolly phonics, it is a multi-sensory...
What are the real alternatives to caning?

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...

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...