Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Seven SC State faculty and staff members will depart from South Carolina today to travel to Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, in preparation for the second phase of the textbooks and learning materials program (TLMP).
TLMP is funded under President Barack Obama’s African Education Initiative that aims to expand the academic opportunities of African students. In total, SC State has received $5,500,000 from the program to write, produce, and distribute textbooks and other learning materials. $500,000 of the grant was provided as an extension to conduct close out activities of the $5 million grant and to prepare for the anticipation of a new grant award. SC State is the only university in South Carolina and the only U.S. university working with secondary education.
In January 2008, SC State made a historic international impact when University officials handed over 265,000 biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics textbooks and other learning materials to the President of Zanzibar, Dr. Amani Abeid Karume. Seven months later, in August 2008, the 10th president of SC State, Dr. George E. Cooper accompanied University officials to Zanzibar, delivering more than 648,000 textbooks.
The textbooks were developed collaboratively through a partnership with USAID, The Zanzibar Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT), and faculty and administrators at SC State University. To date, SC State has delivered 1 million textbooks to Zanzibar, changing the student to textbook ratio from 1:23 to 1:1, the first time in the history of Zanzibar.
In May 2008, President Karume traveled to Orangeburg and delivered the commencement address during SC State’s spring commencement ceremony. At that time, Karume was conferred with the honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
“We’ve had a very successful experience while working with officials in Zanzibar. Through our visits, we were able to accomplish our goals and our expectations were exceeded through the textbooks and learning materials program,” said Dr. Leonard McIntyre, principal investigator and interim vice president for Research and Economic Development at SC State.
During their two-week visit in Tanzania, University officials will prepare to conclude the textbooks and learning materials program in Zanzibar, which also signifies the end of the $5 million grant, and begin seeking to create the same historical development for secondary schools in Mainland, Tanzania, which is approximately 20 minutes from Zanzibar by plane and two hours by ferry.
In efforts to prepare for the second phase of the TLMP grant, several workshops, orientations and meetings will be conducted between officials of SC State, USAID Mission, and MoEVT Mainland, Tanzania.
“The second phase of the TLMP program is a great opportunity for SC State. There is a critical need for learning materials in Mainland, Tanzania and we hope to accomplish the same results as we did in Zanzibar,” exclaimed McIntyre.
Accompanying McIntyre to Dar es Salaam will be Lamin E. Drammeh, program manager, Elbert Malone, lead chemistry writer, Dr. Albert Hayward, lead biology writer, Dr. Ronald Speight, editor & curriculum specialist, Dr. Helen Brantley, assessment specialist and Dr. George Hicks, language arts specialist.