On Monday we visited Benjamin Mkapa Secondary School in Dar es Salaam to better understand the educational system in Tanzania. We met the principal, several teachers, and a group of about 30 secondary students who were willing to stay after school to chat with our students. It was in incredible experience. Our students came away very impressed – “if these are the kind of future leaders, Tanzania has a bright future,” one quipped.
Though we spent a bit of time comparing our educational systems, we spent most of the time discussing politics, Tanzania history, and their analysis of Tanzania’s future. I think all came away re-reminded of the importance of education in both of our countries and were more inspired to work toward that home both in Tanzania and the United States.