“Seeds of Tanzania”
As the title suggests, this article is about the ‘seeds’ that we, WA Japan have planted in Tanzania with vision and hopes that someday, everyone grows into beautiful ‘trees’ that will nourish our mother Earth with their unique personalities, valuable potentials, and abilities.
Sounds a bit exaggerating but let me explain.If you wish to stand in the eyes of the world, learning another language, in this case, Japanese language , could prove to be a powerful skill in communication, creating harmony, peace, and prosperity for ourselves and countless others.
So this is what we do, we teach the Japanese language to Tanzanian talented youths, specifically the students of Lord Baden Powell High School.
There are 30 students participating in this class which we hold every Saturday for 90 minutes. The first class was around mid-January this year (2019) so these successful students have been practicing the Japanese language ever since.
Here, in this video, we have six students introducing themselves in Japanese language. They have only been to our classes 6 times so not much is expected but either way, it still shows good growth.
Starting from the classroom scene, we have the first presenter, Rashidi Hamza. We didn’t quite catch what he was saying at first, but then he said that he likes to play basketball. Next one in line is Abdullah Ahmedy. He also said that he likes basketball. The third one is Ashraf Nassor Ally who likes soccer. And lastly, we have Mathias John who also likes to play soccer. So apparently we have a pair of soccer players and a pair of basketball players. Pairs… isn’t that awesome?
Moving on to the next video which is outside of the classroom this time. In this video, he introduced his name as Lawrence. He expressed that he is a student whose father is a farmer. Then he said that he likes soccer and plays mid position for his team. Lastly, he mentioned that he came from Tanzania.
Renee, 17 years old. He started pretty well with that cool “Konichiwa”. He said that he loves to play basketball and is playing the forward position. Then he just went vague with his speech we could hardly catch it but on the last part, he said that he wants to eat Japan’s McDonald’s potato.
Unlike the previous videos, Riaz noticeably speaks pretty well in both English and Japanese. That is because he is different. He’s neither a student here nor is he a high schooler. From his speech, we could extract that he is a half Tanzanian half British who lived in Tanzania. He had experience living in Japan for two years whilst teaching English so there he learned some Japanese language along the way. He likes soccer and especially hiking. He even suggests that we try hiking for health and stress relief.
Overall, it’s not all that great but hey it’s a start. Water them with care and the trees will slowly but surely grow.
Long live Tanzania!!!
p/s : Anyone who likes to join and be part of WA activities, please contact us anytime, anywhere and in your language.