Monday, August 29, 2011

South Carolina State University President Dr. George E. Cooper will depart this week on a goodwill trip to the United Republic of Tanzania with the goal of strengthening the University’s international development. Dr. Cooper will be joining representatives of the Textbooks and Learning Materials Program (TLMP), principal investigator, Dr. Leonard A. McIntyre, and program manager, Lamin E. Drammeh. The Textbooks and Learning Materials Program (TLMP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is a part of President Barack Obama’s African Education Initiative that aims to expand the academic opportunities of African students. The Initiative and the trip are funded by USAID.

“This is a significant trip, as there is great potential that it will provide for future collaborations for SC State’s faculty, staff and students,” said President George E. Cooper. “This unique opportunity embraces our land-grant tradition in providing educational access and opportunity and continues to extend our campus to Tanzania in East Africa,” he added.

During a formal handing over ceremony, this delegation will deliver more than 700,000 student textbooks and learning materials to the Tanzanian government.

The delegation will visit several secondary schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to see some of the textbooks and learning materials being used by students and meet with officials from the University of Dar es Salaam to explore new academic partnerships with SC State.

“One of the aims of this trip is to establish new initiatives and partnerships that will be mutually beneficial to both Tanzania and SC State University,” said Dr. Leonard A. McIntyre, principal investigator.
Also while in Tanzania, SC State officials plan to meet with a number of government officials and agencies to discuss possible partnerships and collaboration, including the Minister of Education the Ministry of Agriculture and U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania,  to discuss possible partnerships with SC State’s 1890 Research and Extension Program to provide training and technical assistance to farmers in Tanzania; the USAID Mission Director and the World Bank Education Manager of Tanzania

The itinerary includes a stop in Zanzibar, which is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, where the group will visit with Zanzibar President, His Excellency Ali Mohamed Sheine. Meetings are also scheduled with the Minister of Education and the Vice Chancellor of The State University of Zanzibar to discuss ongoing partnerships and the possibility of student and faculty exchange programs.