William Kivuyo—January 2008

William Kuvuyo is the Program Coordinator for the Mwangaza Center in Arusha, Tanzania. Mwangaza Education for Partnership is a joint effort of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Started in 1996, the Mwangaza Center was designed as a teacher resource center to serve teachers at the 55 Lutheran Church-managed secondary schools in Tanzania.

According to Mwangaza’s website, Tanzania ranks last worldwide in its ability to educate its youth, with only 12 percent finishing secondary school, and only one percent attending university. Secondary education in Tanzania is challenging due to economic constraints that have left many schools with few textbooks or other resources and minimally trained teachers. Tanzanian teachers and students alike face language difficulties. Primary school is taught in Swahili, but secondary school is taught in English, which is the second or third language for most teachers and students. Mwangaza teacher training programs attempt to address the challenges of secondary education in Tanzania.

During its 10-year history, Mwangaza has also expanded its programming to include not only teacher training, but also family programming and HIV/AIDS education. Mwangaza has created mother/daughter and father/son programs that address issues such as women’s health, family violence, and cultural preferences for educating boys more than girls. In 2003 Tanzania’s adult infection rate for HIV was estimated at almost nine percent (CIA Factbook website). Mwangaza has integrated HIV/AIDS education into all of its programming using problem-posing pictures and role playing to engage participants in open conversation about HIV/AIDS. Mwangaza staff members visit ELCT secondary schools, teaching students life skills, educating them about HIV/AIDS, and training students to be peer educators on HIV/AIDS.

Over the last few years, a partnership has formed between Luther and Mwangaza. In the summer of 2005 Andrew Olson (LIS) began conversations with Mwangaza about forming a partnership during a three-week visit to Tanzania. During the summer of 2006, Andrew Olson, Julie Jensen (Econ & Business), and two Luther students spent six weeks at the Mwangaza Center contributing to the teacher education program by teaching computer skills to ELCT secondary school teachers and visiting ELCT secondary schools to assess their computer infrastructure. Andrew and Julie returned to Mwangaza in the summer of 2007 to continue this work.

Mr. Kivuyo is a diploma-level English teacher by training. He has taught for over 15 years in secondary schools in Tanzania, including both government and Lutheran schools. Mr. Kivuyo has worked in the tourism industry in Tanzania, teaching English to safari guides and other tourist industry workers. In 2001, while teaching at Agape Lutheran Junior seminary, one of the top-performing secondary schools in Tanzania, Mr. Kivuyo was selected to represent his ELCT diocese on a teacher exchange program facilitated by Mwangaza. Mr. Kivuyo spent several weeks in a public secondary school in Nebraska working with a U.S. partner teacher. His partner teacher then came to Tanzania to teach with Mr. Kivuyo for several weeks.

In recent years, Mr. Kivuyo has joined Mwangaza as part of its staff. As the program coordinator for Mwangaza, his duties include coordinating and facilitating continuing education seminars for ELCT secondary school teachers, visiting ELCT schools to do educational audits, and providing HIV/AIDS education for teachers, students, and other leaders in ELCT schools and organizations. In addition to his teaching and work with Mwangaza, Mr. Kivuyo is continuing his education, taking classes to complete his university degree in linguistics.

Schedule:

Thursday, January 10
10:30 a.m.: Speak in Daily Chapel, CRH

Tuesday, January 15
7:00 p.m.: Public Lecture on the work of Mwangaza, CRH

Thursday, January 17
10:30 a.m.: Speak in Daily Chapel, CRH

Thursday, January 24
10:30 a.m.: Speak in Daily Chapel, CRH

Classroom visits in Economics & Business, Education and Gender Studies departments.