Providing Life Skills Toolkits

After a baseline study, curriculum development, and teacher training, the final piece of the Life Skills in Schools pilot program is FINALLY complete—providing resource toolkits! I have to say, this was probably the most rewarding part of the pilot for me because you have never seen a kid happier than one who loves football (soccer),

PDS Teacher Training

Yes, TFFT-Tanzania has had a very busy first quarter of the year! The world of Full Circle has been no different. We have had a very exciting start to the year as well. At the end of May, we finished the training of 26 teachers and Ward Education Coordinators in life skills education and participatory

Full Circle’s Life Skills in Schools Initiative

As I talked about in the last blog, Full Circle is very busy with a new and exciting pilot project! Well, as promised, now you get to hear all about it! What started out as a quest to encourage teachers to incorporate life skills in their teaching, has turned in a much large project than

Jacaranda Season

It is jacaranda season in Arusha! For those of you who don’t know, the jacaranda is a tree that blooms a beautiful shade of purple in October and November. It is my favorite time of year in Arusha because it reminds me of the trees changing from green to hues of orange and crimson during

A Trip to Uganda!

We recently had the opportunity to connect our partner, Star High School with the African Youth Leadership Experience (AYLE). AYLE, In collaboration with In Movement: Art for Social Change, hosted a 10-day camp in Kampala for students from 6 schools in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The goal of the camp was to cultivate and sharpen

TFFT Scholars Take the Lead with Community Service

An exciting achievement last week for Full Circle! One of the clubs that we support at Usa River Academy completed their first, student-led community service project! Last year, students participating in the workshop Uswege and I ran with RENEW Organization, students identified the need to educate their fellow students on environmental issues. Their idea for

Reporters for a Day

Over the past couple of months, the TFFT scholars have been participating in Full Circle Guest Speaker Series. The program recently welcomed its third speaker, Amanda, a newspaper reporter. The students at Usa River Academy learned what it's like to be a newspaper reporter and got to try out their interview skills. Below is Amanda's

Training with RENEW at Star High

What an amazing training Uswege and I had last week!  The location was Star High Secondary School, one of our partners.  We had 30 students participating in a 6-day workshop on leadership, communication, confidence, goal setting, community service, and project planning, in collaboration with RENEW.  We had such a fabulous time with these teens as

Our Scholars Go to Court (For a Field Trip!)

Last week, we had the opportunity to take some of our students on a little field trip.  Through the guest speakers who have spoken to our kiddos from the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), we were invited to TOUR the Tribunal and observe an appeals hearing which was taking place. Besides being

The Importance of Clubs

Once upon a time, I was a little 9-year-old girl.  We had just moved to Kansas from Arizona and I was excited about the new “Wizard of Oz” chapter in my life.  In order to fully live the Kansas life, we went to a 4-H Club meeting.  It was a fateful day that led to