Who We Are
Mwangaza, a grassroots, faith-based organization, engages participants in leadership development from all twenty dioceses of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and companion synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Since 1996, Mwangaza has provided learning opportunities for secondary school teachers and students, women leaders and congregational teams in programs addressing these requested topics:
• English language skills for teachers and students
• Lesson plan assistance for teachers
• Computer literacy
• Conflict resolution
• Women's health
• Water and health
• Advocacy for girls' education
• Advocacy for women's health lifestyles
• Advocacy for women's rights
In 1996, 5 dioceses/synods of the ELCT/ELCA were partnered through Mwangaza. By 1999, all twenty dioceses requested inclusion. Since then, Mwangaza offers training to representatives from all regions of Tanzania.
To create critically conscious communities where learning together improves lives
Mwangaza Partnerships | Relationships
Collaborative relationships between Tanzanians and Americans in development and implementation of programs provide opportunities to discover together possible answers to the questions below which pertain to all:
- What do we need to know about computer technology that will not only access knowledge but also raise awareness of the dangers of pornography and internet scams?
- What do we need to know about the teaching of ideas beyond facts, providing students with problem-solving skills, not only test-taking success?
- What do we need to know about gender awareness, thereby fostering respect, equity and choice assuring a safe environment in our schools?
- What do students in Tanzania need to know about the U.S.?
- What do U.S. church members in the need to know about Tanzania?
- What leadership skills are required for all of us in this interdependent world?
Mwangaza Education for Partnership continues to evolve as old and new voices in the U.S. and Tanzania collaborate in a process of participation and dialogue. Within this framework, we have the privilege of calling one another by name, acknowledging all to be a part of God's beloved community.