Thursday, 11 December 2008

Cooperation in Tanzania with University of Dar-Es-Salaam

During this year TAMK and PITKY (Information Processing Association of Tampere Region) have prepared a joint development cooperation project with the University of Dar-Es-Salaam (UDSM) and Institution of Engineers Tanzania (IET). The aim of this project is to provide technical support in demanding ICT projects for the UDSM and IET and to help in building ICT capacities and skills in the country by training, education and consulting.

Key subprojects is this larger project are to support both creation of an eLearning system for rural secondary schools and ICT mediated distant learning on the university level and in teacher training. Project also aims to support development of a software incubator on UDSM campus and mobile software development. This is because mobile applications and computer software are booming in Africa but there's a lot of untapped local potential.

Funding for this project has been applied via the Finnish Foreign Ministry's NGO Development cooperation program with PITKY as the coordinator and main applicant. If the project is accepted, TAMK staff and students will have many chances in the following three years to take part in these projects. However, TAMK and University of Dar-Es-Salaam have already signed a partnership agreement this week making it possible to students and staff to cooperate in non-ICT-related areas via our exchange programs.

University of Dar-Es-Salaam main building

We have also had visitors from UDSM already here at TAMK. Last August we had a delegation of eLearning developers for rural secondary schools project for two weeks of training and workshops on the structure, tools and pedagogy of the eLearning system. Ellen and Suzan from this delegation will be working here in Tampere also next Spring.

Last May I took part in a preparatory trip to Dar-Es-Salaam to meet all the parties with a representative of PITKY so we could write the application for the Foreign Ministry. The friendship and hospitality of the people who we met was really wonderful and Tanzania was an amazing country although I only had a chance to see Dar-Es-Salaam. We stayed at a Finnish development worker compound called Onnela where I of course had a chance to have a sauna in the cooling night. Words can't describe that experience...

Below are some pictures from the preparatory trip and from the delegation who visited TAMK in August.

Our workshop at TAMK in August 2008

Streets of Dar-Es-Salaam

Center of Dar-Es-Salaam from the PPF Tower

Jukka Siltanen

1 comment:

Jukka said...

Just to let everyone know, yesterday the Foreign Ministry released the results of the NGO application round and this project was among the accepted that begins in 2009. This is the best Christmas present we could have hoped for!

Link to the Finnish press release (English not yet published).