They offer mentoring and marketing workshops for tailors, which could be of great use for the ten local tailors we have in Sasamani’s employment initiative. I spoke to the SIDO staff manager for the Bagamoyo district, and we are scheduled to meet with the regional manager on Friday at our Sasamani Office in Bagamoyo to discuss corporate partnership between SIDO and Sasamani.
According to Dr. Mori, the program would have to go through the Ministry of Education and the Vocational Educational and Training Authority of Tanzania to be approved as an accredited program. I personally believe the idea is a great prospect for our long term goal to build a Bagamoyo Community Center. However, as of now, instead of launching a Vocational Skill Project we could certainly look into partnering with other local NGO’s working on vocational training and education.
Outside of class, I spend time getting to know the students. I teach them a few unordinary things about Ethiopia like the fact that we have 13 months, not 12. Their facial reactions when they hear this is priceless! Most of them ask me to write their names in Amharic (which is the national language in Ethiopia). In the process of getting to know them, I would like to think I have established a rapport with the students. Next week, I will be interviewing Sasamani students to check-in with them about their academic, financial and health status.
I can't believe my stay in Tanzania will come to an end in just a week. It's shocking! I have had an amazing experience in such a beautiful country. I continue to blame myself for not visiting Tanzania when it's only four hours away from Ethiopia. I'm trying to convince my parents to visit Zanzibar for their next anniversary! Look at me feeling like a blogger already when I have zero experience with blogging! Stay tuned for my next blog.