Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Wanamdahalo na Modereta:
Richard Mabala, Elizabeth Missokia, Nyanda Shuli, Elieshi Lema, Suzanne Mbise na William Chipeta

Waandaaji wakifuatilia kwa makini:
Hobokela Magale wa BSAT na Demere Kitunga wa Mkahawa wa Vitabu Soma (Soma Book Cafe)

Wanazuoni na Wanabidii tuliwakilishwa:
Masozi Nyirenda, Adam Lingson & Yona Fares Maro

Ayub Rioba akiendeleza utamaduni wa kusoma

Mgeni Rasmi, Marystella Maufi Wassenge kutoka Wizara ya Elimu, akilisemea suala la kufuta ujinga - kulia ni Walter Bgoya wa Mkuki na Nyota, kushoto ni Hobokela Magale wa BSAT

Elimu na Kufuta Ujinga kwa njia ya sanaa

Muziki Rafiki (wa Elimu):
Joseph Payne akiimba na kucharaza nyuzi za gitaa

Rage akighani kuhusu uhuru na ukombozi

Vitabu vilivyokwishatumika vikiuzwa kwa ajili ya kutunisha Mfuko wa Kampeni ya Kufuta Ujinga

Mgeni rasmi katika duka la vitabu Mkahawani Soma

Washiriki wakiingia Mkahawani Soma

Mandhari ya Mkahawa wa Vitabu Soma

Wadau wa 'Chipuza Afrika' (Blooming Afrika) wakijipanga mdahaloni

Kusoma ni popote - hata chini ya mwembe au mnazi

Kusoma kwa furaha huendani na kulegeza makoo na kutuliza matumbo

Kizazi kipya kimedhamiria kuutokomeza ujinga kwa vitendo

Nyuma ya pazia - Rehema Chachage na wadau wakifanya maandalizi

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Nchini Uturuki nilikuta kila asubuhi katika hoteli fulani wakati wa kifungua kinywa kunakuwa na matunda ambayo kule kwetu milimani tunayaita thambia/sambia. Bahati mbaya sikuuliza yanaitwaje kwa Kiingereza. Ila niliyapiga picha na kuwaonyesha wanafesibuku kutoka huko kwetu na wakathibitisha kuwa kweli ni hayo matunda. Jana bahati nzuri nilimuuliza dada wa Kituruki hapa nilipo haya matunda wanayaitaje. Akasema wanayaita malta eriği (maltese plum) au muşmula, pia akasema wengine wanasema ni matunda kutoka 'dunia mpya' ('new world'). Ila akanipa linki hii hapa chini inayoonesha kuwa jina lake lingine ni Loquat na ni dawa. Sijui watu wa kule kwetu wanalitambua hilo au wanayala tu kama matunda pori mengine. Nitakapomtembelea Bibi yangu hivi karibuni nitamuuliza.


Dear Friends, Education and Literacy Advocates, Readers..
Let me remind you again that the long awaited public forum: 'Education and Literacy 50 years of Uhuru: Reflections for Action' is taking place today (Tuesday, 29th November, 2011) at Soma Book Cafe

Panelists: Elizabeth Missokia (HakiElimu), Richard Mabala (Tamasha), A representative from Oxfam, Blooming Africa/Susan Mbise, Elieshi Lema (E&D Vision Publishing), and Nyanda Shuli (Haki Elimu) as Moderator..And..Music and Literary Performances by: Rage, Mawio Arts, Lwitiko, Nyandindi, Joseph Payne, etc(Drinks and Cocktails from BLIND TIGER)

We start at 5pm

COME ONE, COME ALL, COME EVERYBODY...And make your voice heard!

See the attached map below for directions to Soma Book Cafe

Click on the link below for the full Program

See you all

Demere Kitunga

Monday, November 28, 2011



Elizabeth Missokia (HakiElimu), Richard Mabala (Tamasha), Oxfam, Blooming Africa/Susan Mbise na Elieshi Lema.

Friday, November 25, 2011


Conference Declaration: Stop Land-Grabbing Now!

We, women and men peasants, pastoralists, indigenous peoples and their allies, who gathered together in Nyeleni from 17-19 November 2011, have come from across the world for the first time to share with each other our experiences and struggles against land-grabbing. One year ago we supported the Kolongo Appeal from peasant organizations in Mali, who have taken the lead in organising local resistance to the take-over of peasants' lands in Africa. Now we came to Nyeleni in response to the Dakar Appeal, which calls for a global alliance against land-grabbing. For we are determined to defend food sovereignty, the commons and the rights of small scale food providers to natural resources.

In Mali, the Government has committed to give away 800 thousand hectares of land to business investors. These are lands of communities that have belonged to them for generations, even centuries, while the Malian State has only existed since the 1960-s. This situation is mirrored in many other countries where customary rights are not recognised. Taking away the lands of communities is a violation of both their customary and historical rights.

Secure access to and control over land and natural resources are inextricably linked to the enjoyment of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and several regional and international human rights treaties, such as the rights to self-determination, an adequate standard of living, housing, food, health, culture, property and participation. We note with grave concern that states are not meeting their obligations in this regard and putting the interests of business interests above the rights of peoples.

Land-grabbing is a global phenomenon led by local, national and transnational elites and investors, and governments with the aim of controlling the world's most precious resources. The global financial, food and climate crises have triggered a rush among investors and wealthy governments to acquire and capture land and natural resources, since these are the only “safe havens” left that guarantee secure financial returns. Pension and other investment funds have become powerful actors in land-grabbing, while wars continue to be waged to seize control over natural wealth. The World Bank and regional development banks are facilitating land and water grabs by promoting corporate-friendly policies and laws, facilitating capital and guarantees for corporate investors, and fostering an extractive, destructive economic development model.

The World Bank, IFAD, FAO and UNCTAD have proposed seven principles that legitimise farmland grabbing by corporate and state investors. Led by some of the world's largest transnational corporations, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) aims to transform peasant agriculture into industrial agriculture and integrate smallholder farmers to global value chains, greatly increasing their vulnerability to land-loss.

Land-grabbing goes beyond traditional North-South imperialist structures; transnational corporations can be based in the United States, Europe, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea, among others. It is also a crisis in both rural and urban areas. Land is being grabbed in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe for industrial agriculture, forest plantations, mining, infrastructure projects, dams, tourism, conservation parks, industry, urban expansion and military purposes. Indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities are being expelled from their territories by armed forces, increasing their vulnerability and in some cases even leading to slavery. Market based, false solutions to climate change are creating more ways to alienate local communities from their lands and natural resources.

Despite the fact that women produce most of the world's food, and are responsible for family and community well being, existing patriarchal structures continue todispossess women from the lands that they cultivate and their rights to resources. Since most peasant women do not have secure, legally recognised land rights, they are particularly vulnerable to evictions.

The fight against land-grabbing is a fight against capitalism, neoliberalism and a destructive economic model. Through testimonies from our sisters and brothers in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda, we learned how land-grabbing threatens small scale, family based farming, nature, the environment and food sovereignty.

Land grabbing displaces and dislocates communities, destroys local economies and the social-cultural fabric, and jeopardizes the identities of communities, be they farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk, workers, dalits or indigenous peoples. Those who stand up for their rights are beaten, jailed and killed. There is no way to mitigate the impacts of this economic model and the power structures that promote it. Our lands are not for sale or lease.

But we are not defeated. Through organisation, mobilisation and community cohesiveness, we have been able to stop land-grabbing in many places. Furthermore, our societies are recognising that small-scale, family based agriculture and food production is the most socially, economically and environmentally sustainable model of using resources and ensuring the right to food for all.

Recalling the Dakar Appeal, we reiterate our commitment to resist land-grabbing by all means possible, to support all those who fight land-grabs, and to put pressure on national governments and international institutions to fulfill their obligations to ensure and uphold the rights of peoples.

Specifically, we commit to:

Organise rural and urban communities against land-grabs in every form.

Strengthen the capacities of our communities and movements to reclaim and defend our rights, lands and resources.

Win and secure the rights of women in our communities to land and natural resources.

Create public awareness about how land grabbing is creating crises for all society.

Build alliances across different sectors, constituencies, regions, and mobilise our societies to stop land-grabbing

Strengthen our movements to achieve and promote food sovereignty and genuine agrarian reform

In order to meet the above commitments, we will develop the following actions:

On capacity building for organising local resistance

  • Report back to our communities the deliberations and commitments of this Conference.
  • Build our own databases about land-grabbing by documenting cases, and gathering the needed information and evidence about processes, actors, impacts, etc.
  • Ensure that our communities have the information they need about laws, rights, companies, contracts, etc., so that they can resist more effectively the business investors and governments who try to take their lands and natural resources.
  • Set up early warning systems to alert communities to risks and threats.
  • Strengthen our communities through political and technical training, and restore our pride in being food producers and providers particularly among the youth.
  • Secure land and resource rights for women by conscientising our communities and movements about the importance of respecting and protecting women’s land rights particularly in customary systems.
  • Develop and use local media to organise members of our and other communities, and share with them information about land-grabbing.
  • Make our leaders abide by the rules set by our communities and compel them to be accountable to us, and our communities and organisations.

On using legal aid for our defense

  • Develop our own systems of legal aid and liaise with legal and human rights experts.
  • Condemn all forms of violence and criminalisation of our struggles and our mobilizations in defense of our rights.
  • Work for the immediate release of all those jailed as a result of their struggles for their lands and territories, and urgently develop campaigns of solidarity with all those facing conflicts.

On advocacy and mobilization

  • Institutionalise April 17 as the day of global mobilisation against land-grabbing; also identify additional appropriate dates that can be used for such mobilisations to defend land and the commons.
  • Develop our political arguments to expose and discredit the economic model that spurs land-grabbing, and the various actors and initiatives that promote and legitimise it.
  • Establish a Peoples' Observatory on land-grabbing to facilitate and centralise data gathering, communications, planning actions, advocacy, research and analysis, etc.
  • Promote women’s land rights through targeted re-distribution of land for women, and other actions; make laws and policies responsive to the particular needs of women.
  • Take our messages and demands to parliaments, governments and international institutions. Continue engaging with the Committee on World Food Security and demanding that processes such as the FAO Guidelines on Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forest truly contribute to protect and promote the rights to land and natural resources of small scale food providers.
  • Identify and target local, national and international spaces for actions, mobilizations and building broad-based societal resistance to land-grabbing.
  • Plan actions that target corporations, (including financial corporations), the World Bank and other multilateral development banks that benefit from, drive and promote land and natural resource grabs. Maintain opposition to schemes of corporate self-regulation such as RAI.
  • Expand and strengthen our actions to achieve food sovereignty and agrarian reform, to promote the recognition of customary systems while ensuring the rights of women and to ensure the rights to land and natural resources of the youth.
  • Support peoples' enclosures of their resources through land occupations, occupations of the offices of corporate investors, protests and other actions to reclaim their commons.
  • Demand that our governments fulfill their human rights obligations, immediately stop land and natural resource transfers to business investors, cancel contracts already made, restitute the grabbed lands and protect rural and urban communities from ongoing and future land-grabs.

On alliance building

  • Build strong organisational networks and alliances at various levels--local, regional and international--building on the Dakar Appeal and with small-scale food producers/providers at the centre of these alliances.
  • Build alliances with members of pension schemes in order to prevent pension fund managers from investing in projects that result in land grabbing.
  • Build strategic alliances with press and media, so that they report accurately our messages and realities; counter the prejudices spread by the mainstream media about the land struggles and land reform in Zimbabwe.

We call all organizations committed to these principles and actions to join our Global Alliance against Land-Grabbing, which we solemnly launch today here in Nyeleni.

Globalize the strugle! Globalize hope!

Nyeleni, November 19, 2011

Source: Balram Banskota


Je, hii ina kinga:

Hii je:

Na hii:

Vipi hii:

Unaisemeaje na hii:

Kulikoni hii:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Filamu Ya 'Colorless' Yashinda Tuzo

"Napenda kuwafahamisha kuwa filamu fupi niliyotengeneza kwa kushirikiana na mtengeneza filamu kutoka nchini India Runjiv Kapur juu ya maisha ya watu wenye ulemavu wa ngozi, Colorless imeshinda tuzo ya filamu ya makala bora ya mwaka kweye tamasha la filamu la Chashama lililofanyika juzi jijini New York." - Erick Kabendera

Tazama Kipande cha Filamu Hiyo Hapa:

Monday, November 21, 2011




Mazungumzo ya kisera miaka 50 ya Uhuru: Hatua na mstakabali wa elimu na kufuta ujinga nchini Tanzania.

Taasisi ya Usomaji na Maendeleo ya E&D —Soma na Chama cha Wauza Vitabu wa Tanzania (BSAT) zinajihusisha na harakati za kufuta ujinga kwa njia ya kuhimiza usomaji na maendeleo ya vitabu. Dira ikiwa ni kuiona Tanzania ikitimiza malengo yake ya maendeleo kama ilivyojiwekea katika malengo ya milenia na MKUKUTA. Tunaamini jambo hili linaweza kufanikiwa kama tutatafakari kwa umakini mstakabali wa elimu yetu: falsafa, ruwaza, na utendaji kwa kuzingatia ubora, ushiriki, rasilimali, uendeshaji na vipaumbele inavyowekewa.

Katika kutimiza hilo, taasisi hizi zimeandaa, kama muendelezo wa Tamasha la VIitabu, mjadala wa wazi utakaofunguliwa jumatatu ya tarehe 28 Novemba 2011 na kufungwa jumatano tarehe 30 Novemba 2011 muda ukiwa ni saa 11:00 jioni hadi saa 4:00 usiku kwa siku zote ili kutafakari hatua zilizopigwa na wadau mbalimbali katika elimu na kufuta ujinga ndani ya miaka hamsini baada ya uhuru wa Tanganyika. Majadiliano haya yatafanyika katika viunga vya Mkahawa wa Vitabu Soma (Mtaa wa Regent Estate, Kitalu Na. 53, Mlingotini Close) kama sehemu ya Tamasha la Vitabu. Madhumuni ya majadiliano haya ni kutoa fursa kwa wadau mbalimbali wa elimu: wanajamii, waelimishaji, watekelezaji na watunga sera, wanataaluma, wanazuoni, pamoja na wanafunzi, kutafakari kwa kina kuhusu juhudi za wananchi na Serikali tangu enzi za Mwalimu Nyerere katika kufuta ujinga kama mojawapo ya maadui watatu wa maendeleo yetu.

Mdahalo utafanyika jumanne tarehe 29 Novemba 2011 huku ukihusisha tafakuri ya kina itakayofungamana na vionjo vya kisanaa, ukiwaleta pamoja wadau wenye stadi, mitazamo, na uzoefu mbalimbali katika elimu kuzungumzia hatua tuliyopiga katika maendeleo ya elimu na juhudi za kufuta ujinga. Maswali makuu yatakuwa: “kipi tumefanya vyema?”, “kipi tungeweza kufanya vyema zaidi?” na “nini tunahitaji kufanya?” ili ndani ya muongo mmoja tuweze kuwa mfano bora wa jamii inayojua kujifunza.

Mbali na hivyo, kuanzia jumatatu yatakuwa yakifanyika matukio kwa ajili ya jamii nzima kama vile maonesho ya vitabu na huduma za kielimu, vionjo vya kifasihi kama vile mashairi, ngonjera, ngano; shughuli za kuchangisha fedha kwa ajili ya huduma za kielimu ikiwemo ujenzi wa maktaba za jamii na mashindano ya fasihi kwa wanafunzi wa shule ya sekondari, mnada wa vitabu vilivyotumika, maonesho ya muziki, dansi, nyama choma, na vinywaji.

Hivyo basi, tunatoa rai kwa jamii nzima na watu wote wahudhurie kwa wingi bila kukosa kwa siku zote tatu ili kuja kubadilishana mawazo na watu wengine wenye maono na mitazamo tofauti kuelekea kuboresha hali ya elimu nchini. Hapatakuwa na kiingilio chochote kwa siku zote tatu.

Demere Kitunga-(SOMA) Hobokela Magale-(BSAT)



21 NOVEMBER 2011

A policy dialogue on 50 years of Independence: reflecting on the state of education and literacy in Tanzania, now and beyond.

E&D Readership and Development Agency--Soma and Booksellers Association of Tanzania (BSAT) are practitioners in literacy through readership and book development; with an aspiration to see Tanzania meeting its development targets as spelled out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and MKUKUTA. We believe this can happen if we rethink about our education: philosophy, approach and practice including quality, how inclusive, how it is resourced, managed and what gets prioritized.

These two institutions are jointly organizing a public event, that will take place at Soma Book Café (Regent Estate, 53 Mlingotini Close) from Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th November 2011 from 5pm to 10pm, for education stakeholders to reflect on the state of education and literacy 50 years of Uhuru. The event is a sequel to the National Book Week and is meant to provide space for private citizens, educators, education planners and policy makers, intellectuals and learners to reflect on efforts made by the people and their Government since Mwalimu Nyerere’s era in the fight against illiteracy as one of the three tier enemies of development.

The event seeks to bring a balance between dialogue, serious reflection and creative expression, on Tuesday 29th of November 2011 the main activity will be a Policy dialogue bringing together a wide range of stakeholders with diverse skills, perspectives, and experiences on education, literacy and development to engage in a conversation on the state of education and literacy in Tanzania: “what grounds we have covered?”, “what we could have done better?”, and “what we need to do to become?” within the coming decade, a good example of a learning society. This will feature a panel, plenary, poetry, storytelling and other forms of literary expression.

Apart from that, there will be other sub-activities daily from 28th through to the 30th November 2011 ranging from exhibition of books and other education related inputs, literary expression, and fundraising for a social cause by auctioning second-hand books, spontaneous talent shows, music, dance, barbeque and bar tenders in action.

We hereby, urge all society members to come and participate in airing out their views on how we can improve our education for the betterment of the nation. No entrance fee! You are all welcome.

Demere Kitunga-(SOMA) Hobokela Magale (BSAT)

Karibu kwenye ulingo wa kutafakari kuhusu tunapotoka,tulipo,tuendako na namna ambavyo tutafika huko tuendako/Welcome to a platform for reflecting on where we are coming from, where we are, where we are going and how we will get there

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