Health, Well-Being, and Education in Tanzania

August 15, 2018

MSU Department of Kinesiology and Teacher Education explore issues of “Health, Well-being, and Education” in Tanzania – Article by Mary-Anne Reid, Coordinator of Physical Activity Instruction, Internships, and Practica for the Department of Kinesiology and Dr. Margo Glew,  Coordinator of Global Initiatives and Coordinator of the Global Educators Cohort Program for Teacher Education.

Pictured above: Kinesiology and Teacher Education students enjoying their final day at the MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (May 2018).

Students and faculty from the College of Education at Michigan State University joined students and colleagues from the Dar Es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE, Tanzania) and University of Dar Es Salaam (UDSM, Tanzania) Physical Education and Sports Sciences department from May 12-27, 2018 to explore and compare issues around health, education, and well-being in Tanzania and the USA.

MSU students and faculty join Dr. Cyprian Maro’s (UDSM) after-school program, EMIMA, focusing on promoting HIV/AIDS education for at-risk youths.

Healthy communities are often the result of multiple converging factors including strong public education, community programs and public health education, as well as dynamic partnerships across formal, informal, and community-based education sectors. This unique partnership between DUCE, UDSM and MSU provided the opportunity to examine multiple and intersecting efforts to promote youth well-being in Tanzania through innovative practices in teacher education and schooling, community health education programs, and leadership development for in-school and out of school youth. Students were able to engage with education leaders, teachers, other students, sports professionals, and community organizers to learn about how connections between school, sports, and community programing can positively affect the health and well-being of young people.

MSU and DUCE students and faculty discussing and comparing education systems in the USA and Tanzania.

The program included lectures from and conversations with Tanzanian academic leaders from DUCE, UDSM, and MSU on issues of Teacher Education, Education Policy, Sport Psychology, and Physical Activity. As well, MSU students and faculty visited several schools and youth sport programs in both urban and rural settings in Tanzania to gain first-hand experience of health, well-being, and education practices in action.