Youth of United Nations Association Tanzania BDC-YUNA Report
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTIONBACKGROUND Background of the camp Background of the collaboration between YUNA and BDCMETHODOLOGY Selection Criteria of the Students Selection Criteria of the Teachers Selection Criteria of the SubjectsACADEMICS Daily Schedule Teachers Duties Lesson Plans Weekly Test and Assignments Challenges (STATIONARIES)LOGISTICS Coordination Health Water Meals Accommodation Weather and Environents Gender of the teachersEXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIESRECOMENDATIONCONCLUSION
INTRODUCTION Youth of the United Nations Association (YUNA) is a youth led nonprofit andnongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to promote the work of the UN and furtherits objectives among youth in Tanzania. It started as the youth section of United NationsAssociation (UNA) in Tanzania in 1996. Since its establishment YUNA has been involved on issues and concerns related to theUnited Nations which include human rights, environment, conflicts prevention, health, gendersensitization, sustainable development and education. YUNA works to promote increasedpublic awareness and debate of these crucial international issues. In the three year Strategic Plan of the association, YUNA has three focus areas namely;Education, Heath and Environment. YUNA has in place a volunteer program that sendsvolunteers in different part of the country in collaboration with governmental and nongovernmental institutions to ensure that youth are participating in development process. Education is one of the most important focus areas that we have. Through the volunteerprogram, YUNA sends volunteer teachers in different ward secondary schools as part of itsEducation project. These volunteers are YUNA members from Academic and Non AcademicInstitutions who use their holidays seasons to contribute in increasing performances of thestudents from ward secondary schools and remote areas in different part of the country. In line with the priority areas,YUNA warmly welcomes partnership in any developmentalinitiatives that BDC has and see the importance of youth involvement in the development ofour community. YUNA believes that volunteerism is mandatory for development. We hopethis initial partnership shall open doors to many more collaboration in the near future.
BACKGROUNDBumbuli Development Corporation is a newly established Institution under the Hon. JanuaryMakamba (MP) with the main agenda of transforming the life of the people in BumbuliConstituency. Education being one of the main projects, Bumbuli Development Corporationhas in place different ways of improving the quality and performance of students fromprimary to secondary school level. One of those programs is Form Four Study Camp whichtakes students who performed well in their Mock Examination from all Secondary Schools inBumbuli Constituency.This year Bumbuli Development Corporation (BDC) in collaboration with Youth of UnitedNations Association of Tanzania (YUNA) conducted a pilot Form Four Study Camp. Thecamp duration was for 28 days from 5th August to 4th September 2012. The venue of theCamp was Soni Day Secondary School which had all the facilities needed to support thecamp. The accommodation facilities for students and teachers, adequate class rooms anddining facility were available.Background of YUNA and BDC.This year Bumbuli Development Corporation (BDC) in collaboration with Youth of UnitedNations Association of Tanzania (YUNA) conducted a pilot Form four study camp. The campduration was 28 days, from 5th August to 4th September 2012.The relationship between YUNA and BDC has been in-line with the fact that bothorganizations have focused on the improvement of quality of education with special interestamong form four students.The role of YUNA Tanzania during the camp has been to manage the volunteers; from theircontracts to well being, substituting the volunteers whenever they become unable to deliver orgot sick. This greatly reduced the burden to BDC on the management part. The roles of theteachers were to teach and manage the students in the camp at ground level. The role of BDCwas to provide the financial support for the camp, necessary administration support andadvice.YUNA under the project manager created a recruitment team that was responsible to reviewthe applications and interview the applicants according to their ability to facilitate and deliverthe materials they have to teach.
METHODOLOGYThe method to ensuring the camp becomes a success included the following; 1. Selection Criteria for the students.The set criteria for the students to attend the camp were based on their academic performanceduring the form four mock exams, and gender balance was considered. Top six students inevery secondary school in the Bumbuli province, of the six students, top three Boys and topthree Girls. The total of students from the 23 schools was 138 with a fine gender balance. Challenges: - The student’s performance in some schools was very poor, that even the top six students had division IV - Also some of the girls in some schools performed so bad than top six boys, but the criteria of selection left out some boys who performed well and this decreased the number of students who performed better but missed the opportunity. Suggestions: - In order to improve the performance of form four students, special attention should be given to best performers irrespective of the sex. This will motivate the students to do better in the upcoming mock exams. - The criterion and availability of the camp should be announced to students well before they start form four classes so they become better prepared. 2. Selection Criteria for the Teachers.The teachers were recruited on the basis of application from our wide database of members.There were more than 50 YUNA members who were ready to volunteer in the Camp. YUNAand BDC discussed the qualifications of the required teachers as follows: - A YUNA Member below the age of 30. - With a high spirit of volunteerism, assessed through the number of projects the members participated. - Experience in teaching, especially secondary schools.
- Appealing academic performance of at minimum Division II in form four NECTA results. - Wide base knowledge on extracurricular activities other than academics. - Capacity to teach at least two subjects of the proposed six subjects to be taught.YUNA under the project manager created a recruitment team that was responsible to reviewthe applications and interview the applicants according to their ability to facilitate and deliverthe materials they have to teach.The Successful applicant’s profiles are as follows; o Gati Nashon (24) – Mathematics. He is a student at University of Dar es salaam, majoring Telecommunication, a recent member of YUNA. He has been a teacher at various tuition centers and earning money during the holiday seasons also was a part time teacher at Loyola secondary school, and a Div. 1 holder in his NECTA form Four results, with A in Math’s and most other subjects. Also he can teach Chemistry, was an added advantage to his successful application and nomination. o Rahma Bajun (24)– History. One of the competent volunteers YUNA has. A graduate of Medical Sociology at UDSM and a female leader, she has proven to be very competent in terms of leadership skills. She is a former YUNA leader under the Universities’ Network - Chairperson. For three months she was a volunteer teacher at Kaole Sec. School in Bagamoyo, teaching Kiswahili, History and English, of which was the added advantage for her selection, considering her appealing performance in her form four NECTA results. Moreover, she could act as a focal person in the camp. o Modestus George Katembo (26) – Physics. George is a 5th year medical Student at a renowned medical university in Tanzania, MUHAS. In his homeland he is still called a teacher than a Doctor, for spending his holidays as a Physics and Biology teacher at Kaisho Secondary, a ward school. He has numerous awards in football, as a striker and goalkeeper at some tournaments. His involvement with YUNA has been invaluable, especially in entertainment, since his par-time job is an MC. As a medical student, we did not expect him to treat any sick children, but to be the first aid respondent during health crises. o Justin Mori (25) – English. Justin’s involvement with YUNA goes as far back as two years, where he is still the Chairperson of his UN Chapter, St. Johns University- DSM Campus. He is a third year student, studying BA in Education, majoring in English, minor Kiswahili.
His extensive leadership skill and experience in management allowed YUNA to use him as a coordinator of the camp. As a teacher by profession there was no doubt on his teaching skills and ability to handle a class seconded by his good academic record, Justin was among the perfect Volunteers for the camp. o Michael Nyamosi (24) – Geography. Michael is a 3rd Year student, BA in Education, majoring in Geography and Kiswahili at Arusha University. He is a Regional coordinator of YUNA in Arusha region and has been a member of the Association for more than a year during which he was a founder and Chairperson of Arusha University UN Chapter. As a qualified teacher by profession, who was expecting to go to field training, (BTP) immediately after the camp, he was well equipped and psychologically prepared to manage a class and ensure performance. His zeal to improve the performance of the students was amongst the reason that paved way to his participation in the camp.NB: The Biology teacher, Mrs. Yasinta Ngango was selected on the basis that she is theperson familiar with the camp environment, and was overly resourceful throughout the campin supporting the teachers, students and other supporting staff on matters arising. She is theSecond mistress of Soni Day Secondary school, the host school of the study camp. Challenge; There was a dropout of some initial selections of teachers for reasons including lack of permission from parents, bereavement and poor understanding of the nature of the teaching volunteer program. But these were quickly and easily managed by YUNA administration as this was part of the agreed roles of the Association throughout the camp. Induction time was inadequate 3. Selection Criteria of the subjects.Due to the limited resources that were available (especially time), priority had to be givento some subjects that were poorly performed. The subjects selected to be taught were, Physics,Biology, Mathematics, Biology, History and English