Did you know that some of the world’s oldest human skulls have been found in Tanzania’s Odulvai Gorge, which is also known as the cradle of humankind? But you don’t have to go back 200,000 years to discover other interesting facts about Tanzania, this week’s #CountryoftheWeek. Learn more and get better connected with Tanzania by liking U.S. Embassy Tanzania for the latest news!
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As the YALI Network features Tanzania this week, there is a lot to be proud of. The YALI Network is strong here in Tanzania, a group that now includes more than 9,700 members. As I travel around the country, I take inspiration from your efforts to engage Tanzanians to participate with their government, to put the tools and means to improve health and education into the hands of citizens, and to foster an economic environment that builds prosperity for all Tanzanians. Our Embassy shares your goals, and is energized by your vision of the future for Tanzania.
One such member is Carolyne Ekyarisiima, the Founder and CEO of Apps and Girls, whose organization is dedicated to improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) opportunities for young women. I met Caroylne in May at the University of Dar es Salaam, where she was mentoring “Team Tanzania,” a group of seven Tanzanian high school kids as they prepared for the first global robotics Olympics competition in Washington D.C. This November, at the new American Corner in downtown Dar es Salaam, several Team Tanzania members will participate in the first-ever Girls Entrepreneurship Summit, a partnership between the U.S. Embassy and Carolyne’s Apps and Girls to increase entrepreneurial awareness of more than 70 Tanzanian girls.
In August, during a trip to Arusha, many of you shared with me and my Embassy team how you are using your YALI experiences to impact the lives of Tanzanians in business, education and civil society. Martha Ntoipo, who for the last 14 years has fought for girl’s education and is leading campaigns against female genital mutilation and forced early marriages, is a great example of the dedication and energy of the YALI Network. Jacqueline Mkindi is another shining example of the energy that you all share. Following her participation in the 2012 Young African Leaders Mentoring Partnership Program, she is working tirelessly to increase investment opportunities for Tanzanian horticulture.
I am inspired by the daily effort, courage, and dedication displayed by the Tanzania YALI Network, and I call on all of you to take inspiration from your YALI colleagues as you have inspired me. Remain active. Work together. And continue to create the future for Tanzania.
Inmi K. Patterson, Ph.D.
Chargé Patterson with Caroylne Ekyarisiima and “Team Tanzania” at the University of Dar es Salaam.
Chargé Patterson discussing the importance of empowering youth with members of the YALI Network in May 2017.
Chargé Patterson meeting with the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows in May 2017.