T4210 EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS IN TANZANIA
January 5-27, 2014
Moshi, Iringa, Zanzibar
This course will be a dynamic exploration into the education and health systems in Tanzania. Experiential learning is firmly established to be at the heart of this educational adventure. Students will be immersed in Tanzanian culture allowing them to gain a unique knowledge base of a developing country’s education and health systems. Issues will be studied in meaningful context, giving students the opportunity to understand the complexity of the situation, and to reflect on their personal views, growth, and possible future roles.
The journey will include the cities of Moshi, Iringa, and the island of Zanzibar. In each location students will visit a variety of educational settings, including an International School, Maasai School for Girls, and schools housed in orphanages. They will also visit some of the most progressive and primitive health care services in the country, ranging from a hospital to a remote village clinic. Additionally, important cultural and economic resources will be part of the course, a safari to Ruaha National Park, N’GoroGoro Crater, and Climb Udzungwa Mt. to add to the holistic view of the country.
Students will be engaged in experiences that allow them to connect, interact, and provide service with Tanzanians. Meetings, presentations, and active participation with NGO’s, educators, health care providers, scholars, and citizens around the country will be embedded in the course. Finally, students and professors will integrate and debrief the cultural experience as they travel across the Zanzibar Channel of the Indian Ocean from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam and depart for home.
*Each home institution may have supplementary fees in addition to the price listed.
Comprehensive Fee Includes: Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple and quad rooms, twin tent accommodations; continental breakfast daily, twelve lunches and fourteen dinners. (subject to change)
The course does not have any academic prerequisites.
Feinstein, S. & D’Errico, N. (2010). Tanzanian Women in their Own Words: Women with Illness and Disabilities. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
Vavrus, F. (2003). Desire and Decline: Schooling Amid Crisis in Tanzania. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
Kurzinger, M.L. (2008). ‘Education status among orphans and non-orphans in communities affected by AIDS in Tanzania and Burkina Faso’. AIDS Care, (20)6, 726-732.
Neke, S.M. (2005). ‘The medium of instruction in Tanzania: reflections on language, education and society’. Changing English, 12(1), 73-83.
Sifuna, D.N. (2007). ‘The Challenge of Increasing Access and Improving Quality: A Analysis of Universal Primary Education Interventions in Kenya and Tanzania since the 1970s’. International Review of Education, 53(5-6), 687-699.
Sita, M.S. (2007). ‘Towards Universal Primary Education: The Experience of Tanzania’. UN Chronicle, (44)4, 40-42.
Official Website of the United Republic of Tanzania.
15% Preliminary Readings and Paper
15% Participation in an on-line Course tentatively held one week prior to departure
25% Group Participation and Attendance
25% Reflective Journal
20% Final Presentation
Sheryl Feinstein, Ph.D., Augustana College (605) 274-5211
C. Dawn Zibricky, EdD, RN, CSN, Elmhurst College (630) 617-4100
Description of Faculty Directors
Dr. Feinstein is a Professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD where she is the Chair of the Education Department. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Tanzania in 2007-2008, where she spent the year teaching at Tumaini University in Iringa and conducted research focused on adolescents. She is the author of eight books, which primarily focus on adolescents in the family and school setting. Another book, Tanzanian Women in their Own Words: Women with Illness and Disabilities, was based on research conducted while in Tanzania. In addition, she collaborated on a documentary of the Maasai Tribe of Tanzania that was nominated by CNN for Best in Africa. Dr. Feinstein previously co-led this course in 2011.
Dr. Zibricky is an Assistant Professor of nursing at Elmhurst College. She received both baccalaureate and master’s degrees from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and a doctoral degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Dr. Zibricky has an extensive nursing career that includes working with the disabled, individuals living in rural, urban and suburban poverty, and the elderly. She has taught pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students for over twelve years in the areas of adult health and community/public health nursing. As a nurse educator, Dr. Zibricky is dedicated to guiding students in developing awareness in health care disparities so they can serve as leaders in the shaping of domestic and global health care for all. In recent years her teaching at Elmhurst College includes an interdisciplinary honors class on poverty and teaching students with disabilities in the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy. Dr. Zibricky’s research interests include feminist studies and disability studies.
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2013
For more information on course content, contact Prof. Sheryl Feinstein
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.