Thursday, September 10, 2009
SC State University recently received notification that it will receive $13 million over the next three years (Sept. 1, 2009-Aug.31, 2012) to continue the development of textbooks and other learning materials, as a part of the TLMP program.
The notification results in the highest grant award that SC State University has ever received.
“This recent grant award brings significant international acclaim to SC State University,” said Dr. George E. Cooper, president. “This is the catalyst that SC State needs as it positions itself to become a major player in comprehensive international development activities,” he continued.
TLMP is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Africa Education Initiative and aims to expand the academic opportunities for African students. While SC State worked with Zanzibar under phase one of the program, under the new award (phase two), it will expand its work to produce educational materials for Mainland, Tanzania.
“SC State looks forward to sustaining the excellent international partnerships developed since the inception of this program,” said Dr. Leonard A. McIntyre, principal investigator for the grant and interim vice president for Research, Economic Development and Public Service at SC State. “It is humbling to contribute in our small measure to the educational and socio-economic development of the future leaders of the United Republic of Tanzania,” McIntyre continued.
Prior to the new award, SC State has received $5.5 million from the program to write, produce, and distribute textbooks and other learning materials. Of the six universities involved in the TLMP project, SC State is the only University collaboratively working to produce textbooks and other learning materials at the secondary education levels.
In January 2008, SC State made a historic international impact when University officials handed over 265,000 biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics 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 during the first phase of the project through partnerships with USAID/ Washington, DC, USAID Mission/Tanzania, the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT)/Zanibar, and faculty and administrators at SC State. To date, SC State has delivered more than 1 million textbooks and other learning materials to Zanzibar, changing the student to textbook ratio from 1:23 to 1:1 for the first time in the history of Zanzibar.
“As SC State postures itself to become a research university, this grant solidifies the impact that SC State makes among peers in generating grant dollars, said Mr. Elbert Malone, assistant vice president of Sponsored Programs for SC State. “Historically speaking, this award represents more than 20% of all funds generated for research over a given three year period,” he continued.
By creating a unique model in textbook and learning materials development, SC State has and will continue to develop culturally relevant, language sensitive materials that are deliberately and specifically aligned with Tanzanian curricula to address academic as well as cross cutting socio-economic issues.
“There are many SC State administrators, faculty, staff, and students who have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this program,” said Lamin Drammeh, program manager for TLMP. “The writers, editors, and contributors to these textbooks and learning materials now have a profound understanding and appreciation for international development work, and have assisted SC State garnering incredible publicity and exposure, all while benefitting in such areas as professional development and publishing,” he continued.
On Sept. 16, the SC State team led by President Cooper and Dr. McIntyre will attend the official launch of the TLMP video in Washington D.C. The video will include highlights from the six universities involved in the first phase of the project, with a significant amount of the video showing the work of SC State.
“In this global community in which we live, the future of every society lies in the education of its children,” said Dr. McIntyre. “With the continuation of this program, SC State is confident that through our partnership with Tanzania, we have contributed positively to that future,” he exclaimed.