Sweden and Tanzania: 50 Years of Cooperation

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Development Cooperation between Sweden and Tanzania 1963-2013: Celebrating 50 years

On December 5, 2013 Sida Sweden held a cultural fair at the House of Culture in the National Museum in Dar es Salaam. TEN/MET was invited to participate with two tables displaying publications over the years. Activities were scheduled throughout the day. These included:

  • A Market place showcasing work by Tanzanian, Swedish, and international organizations through the day until 5pm
  • Youth space in the library with Femina, a TEN/MET member
  • story telling for children with Tanzanian children's author John Kilaka
  • A workshop with Dar es Salaam Dance
  • A showing in the theatre of the documentary film Chanjo ya Rushwa (Vaccination against Corruption)
  • A photographic exhibition of his work in Tanzania by the Swedish photographer Jens Assur
  • discussions and debates in the theatre:
    1. on the need to transition from Aid-funded development to responsible business
    2. youth as agents of change
    3. a debate on press freedom
    4. a debate on open and transparent government
    5. a dance performance by the DDI dancers of Strindberg's Little Ghost Sonata (set to dance)
  • an evening recital by Leo and the Swahili Blues Band
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Books & Desks Delivery Monitoring System inaugurated

The morning of November 12, 2013 saw the inauguration of the Books and desks delivery monitoring system at Nyerere Centre in Dar es Salaam. This is an initiative to purchase 29 million pounds Sterling in primary books and desks for Tanzanian primary schools. The money comes out of the radar refund from BAe systems from the radar system purchase of a few years back. Click here to read a PDF with project details, extracted from their website.

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Twaweza launches Shule.info Website

Twaweza have launched a new website detailing Tanzania education performance in Form 4 exams going back to 2004. Shule.info is available in Swahili and English. It permits queries by school, or by individual student. Student confidentiality is protected by requiring the student's candidate number to perform a query.

Early Marriage Threat to Girls' Education

The following websites have excellent articles on the problem of early marriage in Tanzania. A practice rooted in poverty, early marriage results in physiologically premature child bearing, the perpetuation of poverty among women. and the spread of HIV and other STIs.

A fourth website article from CIDA Canada, details the profound favourable implications for poverty reduction of allowing girls to continue and complete their education. The articles are at:

Photograph courtesy CIDA Canada.

Intervita & Acra Case Studies now available on website

Intervita and Acra, two Italian NGOs, Intervita being both a TEN/MET member and a 2013 GAW Committee member, have given us their case studies from Global Action Week in Ludewa for posting on our website. They are available at the following links:

Case stories English

Case stories Swahili.

Each file is just over one MB in size. For more information in English about Intervita and their work in Tanzania, please visit their website.

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