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June 28, 2011

20 Japanese Volunteers Arrive in Tanzania

On 28th June 2011, 20 young volunteers arrived in the country from Japan. Out of the 20 volunteers, 3 of them are primary school teachers and will be dispatched to schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Iringa. They will mostly be involved in teaching mathematics and physical education subjects.

At present there are 24 secondary school Japanese volunteer teachers who teach mathematics and science in the country, and many of them have to cope with the common problem which faces many Tanzanian students namely the lack of adequate level in basic mathematics. These new primary school Japanese teachers are expected to improve the level of understanding and ability in basic mathematics at the primary education level.

Mr. Yuki TANIMURA, Ms. Kasumi KUBO, and Ms. Norie INOUE, who are going to teach primary schools, desire to teach children in Tanzania, especially how to enjoy their study. "Children can learn much when they like a subject. I want my students to come to enjoy mathematics and to know the joy of understanding," said Ms. Inoue who has seven years experience as a primary school teacher.

On his part, Mr. Tanimura says; "I would like to work with Tanzanian teachers, so that we can together contribute to the improvement of primary education."

Ms. Kubo has worked at primary schools in Japan for 4 years, and wants to build a good bridge of friendship between Tanzania and Japan. "I have small gifts for Tanzanian children from my students in Japan. They made them thinking of their friends in Tanzania whom they haven't met yet."

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Through this volunteer programme, JICA is expecting to contribute to the development of Tanzania, and build a good relationship between the two countries which can help to make better life in the world.

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