OUR LATEST ACTIVITIES
English class activities! Led by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Gabrielle Cuda. The students are making “Goal Boards”. They have written down goals they are setting for themselves, their careers, family lives, dreams and futures and are making collages to help give them a visual picture they can look at everyday for a reminder.
This workshop is part of EBLI's Computer Literacy program that brings together more than 100 vulnerable youth including young mothers to chart the way forward as a force for change. Young people as experts of their own situation are engaging in small group discussions in setting goals to achieve their desired future, giving recap of sesseions and take the opportunity to let the past be in the past by symbolically “burning” their shortcomings,burdens, challenges, mistakes of commission or omission. It’s like wiping the windscreen so that the future is clearly seen. The emphasis in this “ritual” is to signify a new beginning, a clear desire to focus on the future, focus on possibilities and opportunity rather than on problems and challenges. It’s a recognition that young people have the inner resources and expertise to choose a future of their desire.
Day three of the Behaviour Change Process consists of helping young people to think about the sources of support that surround them. Very often change of Behaviour creates a vacuum and loneliness for a while. It’s important for young people to talk about who gonna help them when they get stuck. Stage three is also about taking the desired action to bring about change. Ebli firmly believes that young people can transform the society. The future is negotiable!
Thanks to Terre des Hommes Schweiz for making this possibly.
Young mothers having a lunch break between classes. Is there a connection between diet and education? Most students in Tanzania spend an entire day without food while in school.
A young mother learns how to do lamination, while her baby is taking a nap at EBLI Computer Literacy class. We appreciate and honour these young mothers who are fully dedicated to acquiring computer literacy and at times have had to come with a baby in class. Together we can make a little difference on the journey called life.
For the last 4 months, their teachers have prepared them extensively to acquire skills in using Microsoft office packages and become computer literate. These skills are in much demand in the local stationaries and are an added advantage when the young mothers apply for jobs in companies.
We all wish to thank and bid farewell to Steve Pope, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner and English teacher originally from Boston (USA), who is proceeding for further studies after spending 14 months working with EBLI. Especially the students of the English class will greatly miss you, Steve. Thank you for sharing your time, life and friendship. Your missionary spirit energized all of us and it’s our sincere prayer that you will blossom wherever you are planted.
Today, EBLI's form 4 students have a field day at the farm enjoying the good weather and fruits as they look forward to their national exams later in the year. They got a good impression on what is possible in the area of agriculture.
EBLI's project manager Andrew Mwakibolwa attended a two phase training on monitoring and evaluation organized by the Tanzania National Coordinator of Terre des Hommes Schweiz . Armed with this new skill, EBLI is better placed to focus on this critical aspect of project implementation.
EBLI staff members Lucy Metha and Andrew Mwakibolwa are participating in the ongoing SFA (Solution Focused Approach) Training today at Hotel Midland in Mwanza. The topic under discussion was “Leading from One Step Behind”. Here they are making a drawing presentation on what and how they understand that concept.
Solution Focused Approach (SFA) is now a major approach used by EBLI in its activities with young people.
This morning, EBLI had a lively discussions at Radio METRO FM, 97.7 FM, with youth out of school discussing on "Importance of Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights" to youth who are not in school. Two youth from Igoma and a Medical Officer from Nyakato Health centre led the discussion.