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Tanzania Field School 2020

March 12, 2020

DSC_0001 (2)Together with UVic, the Kesho Trust is preparing for the 2020 version of the Tanzania field school that was so successful last August. There will be some changes this year in the agenda, including some time spent exploring the landscape, successes and issues of the Enduimet WMA adjacent to Mt. Kilimanjaro, but the general focus of the program will remain the same. There is a strong emphasis on conservation and the cultural context of the Maasai in present day Tanzania with all the opportunities and challenges for achieving the sustainable development goals. Emmanuel ole Kileli and Bruce Downie are currently making logistical preparations for the program which is schedule to take place in August of this year.

Tanzania Field School – International Development Week

February 8, 2020

Youth and Students in Global Development: Experiences Beyond the Classroom

This event took place on February 4th, 2020, during International Development Week, at the University of Victoria, and was co-sponsored by the UVic Department of Global Development Studies (GDS), the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), and VIDEA. The purpose of this event was to showcase the experiences of youth and students who have been engaged in global development and international experiential learning. The event was a panel discussion featuring two interns from CAPI, one intern from VIDEA, and a student (Paula Rasmussen) who participated in the UVic Geography Field School in Tanzania. After a discussion about global development and an overview of the CAPI and VIDEA internship programs, Paula gave a short presentation on the Tanzania field school, which included a summary of the locations and activities of the filed school, an overview of the important work that NGOs – such as the Kesho Trust and its partner organizations – are involved with in Tanzania, and a reflection on the most significant take-aways from the field school. This presentation was followed by questions from students who are interested in pursuing global development work or participating in similar international experiential learning opportunities.

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What an experience!!!

September 3, 2019

DSC_0406The field school run by the Kesho Trust and the University of Victoria recently wrapped up in Arusha after almost a month of awe inspiring travel and study.  Nineteen students led by Dr. Phil Dearden, Dr. Bruce Downie and Teaching Assistant, Emmanuel ole Kileli began their studies in Dar es Salaam.  They stayed in local accommodation ate local food and immersed themselves in the culture and experience of Tanzania.

Two major areas of focus were Saadani National Park and the Enguserosambu community forest lands – the traditional homeland of the Loita Maasai.  In the Saadani area the students stayed at the Kihembe Environmental Learning Centre in Mkange village and explored both the park area [including the Wami River and Indian Ocean] and the local villages of Mkange and Saadani.

DSC_0554 (2)In Enguserosambu Ward the group stayed at Almatasia Camp – an initiative currently in the development stage and managed by the Enguserosambu Forest Trust.  In between they met with staff at the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka, toured the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park and visited a high end tourist lodge on the village lands of Ololosokwan Village and were greeted by the Ololosokwan villagers in fine Maasai style at their new cultural development centre.  The students undertook group projects relating to their course work and presented their results on the last day at Almatasia Camp before leaving for Arusha and points beyond.  Many headed directly back for the fall semester while others took the opportunity to travel further in Tanzania and the surrounding region.

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It was indeed a remarkable experience for everyone and other reflections and links to images and videos from the field school will be following over the next while as people are able to sort through the materials and their own impressions of the experience.  Stay tuned.

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Maasai Visit Canada

May 12, 2019

We have just completed the Connections study tour involving three representatives from the Enguserosambu Forest Trust – Mark Talash, Nalaimuta Makeseni and Samwel Nangiria. Our Maasai guests arrived in Canada on April 28th. The first week was spent on Vancouver Island visiting representatives of the T’Sou-ke and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. They also spent time visiting and participating in a skills workshop at UVic. A public presentation at the university was also included in their itinerary.

The second week was spent in Yukon visiting Selkirk, Kwanlen Dun and Carcross Tagish First Nations. Here they participated in in-depth discussions about maintaining their culture and the context and strategies for management of lands and resources. They were hosted to traditional dinners, engaged in games and dances, and were guided on tours in and around the communities. Another public event was held mid week in Whitehorse. It was a most beneficial and very enjoyable visit.

We are very grateful to the people in Victoria and Whitehorse who hosted the Maasai representatives in their homes during their stay – Alison and Garth Hastings [Victoria], Gillian McKee and Erik Val [Whitehorse] and Heather Alton and Lindsay staples [Whitehorse]. A very special thanks goes to two people who coordinated all the logistics for the public events – Alison Hastings [Victoria] and Gillian McKee [Whitehorse]. And another thanks to Alison and her daughter Alex who hosted the group on their layover in Vancouver before the long flights home.

The tour was the combined effort of the University of Victoria, the Kesho Trust and the Enguserosambu Forest Trust. We acknowledge the funing provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada under the Connections Grant program.

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Nalaimuta, Mark and Samwel on Meares Island in the territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.

 

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Together with members of the Lands and Resources Department of the Selkirk First Nation in Pelly Crossing.

 

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Outside the Learning Centre in Carcross with representatives of the Carcross Tagish First Nation.

 

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