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Monday, October 29, 2012

Down Memory Lane: A Change is Gonna Come

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hoja za Wanazuoni kuhusu Maadui wa Waislamu


Baadhi ya Hoja Zilizoibuliwa na Wanazuoni Kutokana na Makala ya Mohammed Mtoi Kuhusu Maadui wa Waislamu na Uislamu

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Hoja za wanaodai kuwa TZ kuna mfumo kristo ziko wazi na sehemu ambazo unaweza kusikiliza kwa undani ni misikiti kadhaa ya kariakoo na msikiti wa mwenge, among others. Pia kuna CDs nyingi zimetengenezwa na hoja zimechambuliwa kwa kina. Ukipata fursa nenda ktk moja ya misikiti hiyo na uweze kujadiliana nao. Binafsi ktk kutaka kujifahamisha kuhusu hili nimehudhuria misikiti kadhaa (tangu mwaka 2008 mahsusi kwa jambo hili) ukiwemo wa Mwenge ambao ni kinara wa mambo haya. Baada ya Sala za Ijumaa na miezi ya Ramadhani kwenye Darsa za jioni nimejitahidi sana kufanya mijadala na waumini wenzangu kuhusu swala hili ili kujifunza zaidi. Na Allah ndie mwenye kujua zaidi.

Baadhi ya siku nilihisi Ijumaa yangu imepotea kwani sikufurahishwa na hutba zilizotolewa kwa kuwa ktk jazba zilikiuka sheria za Ijumaa. Pale (mwenge na kwingineko) uwe makini maana kuna wenye jazba sana. Namshukuru Allah kuwa nilijifanya mjinga ili nieleweshwe na sikwenda kwa lengo la kubishana. Sitochukua jukumu la kuziwasilisha hoja zao hapa kwa kuwa wenyewe wapo na wanaweza kuzizungumzia. 

Nadhani itapendeza sana ukizipata na kisha kujibu moja baada ya nyingine na kuonesha ni kwa kiasi gani hazina mashiko badala ya kufanya majumuisho kana kwamba sote tuna uelewa mmoja/sawa kuhusu hoja hizo.

Binafsi nazifahamu lakini sishawishiki kuanza kuzijadili kwani ni nyingi. Na pia sidhani kama wale Waislam wenye kudai kuwa kuna mfumo kristo wamo humu wanazuoni. I am engaging in dialogue with them in various forums (fora) and i have been an active participant in that (neither a supporter nor an opposer, just a curious learner, as always).

Naamini siwezi kutendea haki hoja zao kwa kuwa mimi si mfuasi wa madai kuwa kuna mfumo kristo. Kama wamo humu wanazuoni basi tujadiliane. Kwa uchache ktk uliyoungumzia, wao wangeweza kujibu ifuatavyo (kwa mtazamo wangu mimi):

1. Nina uhakika wangependa sana hoja yako kuhusu CCM ambayo binafsi sikubaliani nayo. Na huu ni mtazamo wangu si lazima ukubaliane nao na wala mimi si mfuasi wa chama chochote cha siasa TZ.

2. Nina uhakika wangependa sana hoja yako kuhusu Bakwata kuwa ni chombo kilichoundwa ili kuhakikisha serikali yenye mfumo kristo imewatia mikononi waislam. Waislam wanaodai kuwa TZ kuna mfumo kristo wanaipinga sana Bakwata. Lakini nadhani watapingana nawe ktk swala la vigezo vya nani awe kiongozi wa Bakwata. Hata MUM [Muslim University of Morogoro] haina sifa hizo za kubobea ktk elimu zote mbili. Nafahamu some prominent muslims with PhDs walioacha kazi MUM kwa kuwa wanaona imejikita zaidi ktk elimu akhera na kupunja maslahi ya wahadhiri.

3. Pia sio kila mtu mwenye jina lenye asili ya uarabuni au ambae ni muislam anasimamia maslahi ya waislam siku zote. Kwa hivyo hoja ya kutumia majina ya watu wenye vyeo mbalimbali kuthibitisha kuwa waislam wamo serikalini wao wanaipinga kwa kudai kuwa hao wamo kwa majina tu na wanatumika kutekeleza maslah ya mfumo kristo unaodhibitiwa na kanisa katoliki.
I usually look at this issue from a structural violence framework in analysing state-people relations of power in producing subjects and subjectivities and not in producing citizens. 

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[Tusisahau kuwa kuna mapambano yanaendelea dhidi ya "mfumo dume", Tujifunze toka mapambano hayo ktk kuchanganua mapambano haya dhidi ya "mfumo kristo"]

- Baruani
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 Mimi ni Mchungaji (japo sina kundi la kuchunga) siamini kwamba tatizo la hapa Tanzania ni Ukristo dhidi ya Uislam au kinyume chake. Bali kushindwa kutambua kwamba kusudi la Imani either ya Kikristo au Kiisilamu si kuishi baada ya kufa bali kutupatia matumaini ya maisha ya sasa. Kudhania kwamba matumani ya maisha ya sasa yanatoweka kwa sababu ya dini moja au nyingine ni kushindwa kutathmini dini as tour de force na driver ya maendeleo.  Dini inatakiwa kuleta maendeleo with certainty ya maisha ya hapa na sasa (here and now (etiology)).  Kadhalika, kuifanya dini kuwapa watu matumaini ya maisha ya baadaye (hope for future life (teleology). Kushindwa kugundua kwamba religion is for our common good, some have shifted the burden of our common enemy- poverty - to religion to which they have missed the mark. 


- Chaggama
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Dear Mchungaji, with all due respect, the origins of these two religions, history of their expansion over the centuries, modern realities in many Asian, Middle-Eastern, North and West African nations, and now add in the list KENYA AND TANZANIA, will contradict that PC, and, I am sorry to say, timid, opinion.


WIKENDI HII huko Zanzibar kuna mkutano kati ya wazee wa mabaraza na viongozi wa chuo kimoja chenye campus yake Zanzibar kwa kuwa 'wenyeji' wamekasirika kwamba wanafunzi wa chuo hicho 'wanavaa vibaya'. So what, kwani wamewakalia kwenye mapaja?! (Hausikii vituko hivi huko Ulaya na Marekani kwa sasa - lakini, kama population growth trends za sasa zikiendelea, tutayaona tu...)

Tatizo ni DINI: lack of tolerance kwa imani, mitazamo au lifestyles nyingine; kwa ufupi - political ideology yenye msingi katika imani yenye nia ya kutawala, hata kwa kutumia nguvu, sekta zote za kitaifa. Kwa ideology hii, the end justifies the means na malipo ni akhera. So, no ethical considerations here.

Kwa nini yule Imamu wa Kipakistani aliamua kumtoa kafara mtoto mdogo wa Kikristo? Sio kwa sababu ya chuki binafsi, sio hata kwa sababu ya UMASKINI Mchungaji, (ambao upo kila sehemu lakini watu hawachomeani nyumba za ibada!), kwa maneno yake: 'hii ni njia rahisi ya kuwafukuza Wakristo katika kijiji hiki'. Matatizo ya Wazanzibari kwa muungano, 'wabara', wageni, makobe, n.k. yote yana hii religious element.

Coming to a village near you shortly...

- Charles
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Charles, nakushukuru kwa kunielimisha zaidi. Ngoja nijaribu kuandika kwa njia pana kidogo. Deo alipendekeza kwamba pawepo na moderators ili kutafuta suluhisho la amani yetu. Nilikubaliana na Deo kwamba, moderators wawepo. Labda tusiwaite moderators towaite 'Peace Builders' watakaojihusisha na conflict resolution na post conflict solutions. Hivyo basi, Nilijaribu kuelezea kwamba tatizo letu hapa ni kushindwa kuisoma dini katika muktadha wake sahihi (tour de force). Kama wakiwepo peace builders wawasaidie rioters kugundua kwamba tatizo ni Ubeberu sio Dini. 

Ndio maana nikasema wakristo na waislam wa Tanzania adui yetu wa pamoja ni umasikini. Hivyo solution yake sio kulumbana au kupambana kwa kuchoma makanisa au kuua watu, bali kuitumia dini kuutokomeza umasikini. Wakristo wa Ulaya walipigana sana wao kwa wao (Inqusition). Wale waliohamia Marekani wakasema vita basi. Ila dini ya Puritan ikawa ni driver ya accountability ili kujenga uchumi na taifa lenye amani. Hoja yangu ilikuwa ina precedent ya historia ya dini Ulaya na mustakabali wake kimaendeleo. Hadi leo, Wamarekani wameshikamana pamoja na kuwa kila dini imewakilishwa katika nchi hiyo. Wamarekani kisiasa na kiuchumi hawana permanent friend, ila wana permanent American interest. Hiki ndicho tunachotakiwa kuwa nacho hapa Tanzania. Wakati fulani Waislam wamarekani walimuona Mchungaji Dr Martin Luther King Jr, kama Spiritual leader wao. That means that adui yao wa kweli alikuwa (still yet) ni umasikini na unyanyaswaji na Wazungu. 

Hivyo Charles, nilikuwa napendekeza tu kwamba huyo moderator ambaye tumemuita peace builder alenge kwenye tatizo halisi. Mfano, Biblia na Quran zote zina mafungu ya kisasa 'lex talionis' kama waitavyo wanasheria. Ila within the right context, when these texts are correctly interpreted can change vengeance into peace building necessary for economic growth. Tafasiri zikikosewa zinaweza leta maangamizi na zikipatiwa zinaweza leta amani.

- Chaggama
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All of those are a product of capitalism lifestyle and in particlar neoliberalism; not the so called "Mfumo Kristo"

- Madaha
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Hatuwezi kupata suluhisho la tatizo lililopo Tanzania bila kufahamu nini hasa kinapelekea hali tuliyonayo. Na sikubaliani na hoja yako ya kusema hili swala halituhusu. Jaribu kwenda mitaani kunako vurumai sasa hivi ukawaambie kuwa halituhusu uone kama utasikilizwa. Hata kama ingekuwa ni ugomvi kati ya uarabu na neoliberalism, tayari sisi tumeingia humo katikati na tunapigana. Hatuwezi kujitoa by simply saying si ugomvi wetu. Sana sana tutazima moto sasa lakini bado vuguvugu linafukuta na moto utaibuka tena. Tutaendelea kupayuka na kujibizana kama wanazuoni lakini mchango wetu utakuwa ni insignificant ktk kupata suluhisho.


Vijana na wazee wa kitanzania wameshajimilikisha mapambano haya na wanaendelea kujipanga. Hoja wanazozitumia kumobilize watu bado hazijapanguliwa. They have articulated and appropriated a local and global history of struggles between Muslims and the state and contend that the state received support from western countries to suppress Islam in Tanzania and in the region since 1960s.  Mfano ni hoja ya kufa kwa juhudi za kuwa na East African Muslim Association badala yake kuwa na BAKWATA, na mengineyo.


Malumbano ya jazba, kejeli, dharau na mbwembwe nyingi hayatasaidia kutatua tatizo, bali yataharibu mawasiliano baina ya watu na kuharibu uwezekano wa kuwa na mdahalo wa kistaarabu.

- Baruani
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Nikirudi kwa Mchungaji wetu, nakubaliana kabisa kwamba tatizo si DINI, na Adui yetu ni UMASKINI, lakini tusisahau 'inequality', 'inequity', 'exclusion' n.k. ni factors zinachangia umaskini.  Na umaskini wetu uko lopsided, yaani wengine (wachache) wananeemeka na wengine wako katika dhiki kali (kwa sababu ya kuwa excluded katika mainstream-economics and social services) wakingojea trickle down amabayo haijasaidia.  Ndiyo maana kuna 'Discontents', ambazo baadhi ya mwanazuoni alisema kwamba kuna struggle ya Waislam kama kweli ni 'Waislam' kujiondoa katika kile kinaitwa kukandamizwa kwa muda mrefu na mfumo wanaouita 'MFUMO KRISTO.  Ndgu Baruani aliandika hivi "Vijana na wazee wa kitanzania wameshajimilikisha mapambano haya na wanaendelea kujipanga". 


Maswali ambayo tujiulize, 

1. Je, kuchoma makanisa ni sehemu ya hayo mapambano dhidi ya dhana ya mfumo wanaouita Mfumo KRISTO?  Je, hawa vijana na wazee wa kitanzania waliojipanga  katika 'statement' ya Baruani ni kina nani, je ni Waislam au ni Magaidi au RELIGIOUS Extremist ambao wameteka nyara DINI ya Uislam, na wanatumia kivuli cha Uislam, kama BOKO Haram kule Nigeria, kufikia malengo yao ya kisiasa n.k.?


Nashawishika kwamba Ndugu Madaha, amekuwa 'critical' na akaja na dhana ya Mfumo Arab-Islam, kuonyesha kwamba DINI ya Uislam inahujumiwa na ndiyo maana tunatakiwa kuwa makini sana hapa, vinginevyo hatuwezi kufikia muafaka, maana leo Makanisa yanachomwa moto, kuna siku yatachomwa na watu watapoteza maisha.  Ni vizuri kupambanua DINI na Ugaidi/Religious extremist tusichanganye masomo hapa, hasa katika ukanda wa Afrika Mashariki kwa sasa haya matatizo yanaendelea kukua, angalia hapo Kenya, nadhani nimeleweka.

Pia nakubaliana kwa upande mwingine kwamba ni lazima utafiti ufanywe kuelewa kiini cha tatizo, na hii inawezekana na ninashauri kutumia ACTION Research, au research design yeyote ambayo itatoa matokeo yasiyoegemea upande mmoja.  Baada ya hapo tutaona pa kuanzia, meanwhile ni vizuri serikali ifanye wajibu wake na wale wanaovunja sheria kwa visingizio vyovyote vile, sheria ichukue mkondo wake. 

Ni muhimu hapa KIONGOZI wa NCHI yetu yaani RAIS wetu wa Jamhuri aonyeshe true leadership bila kuegemea upande mmoja, maana yeye ni kiongozi wa Watanzania, si wa Waislam au Wakristo, au wasio na dini peke yao, ni kiongozi wetu, kwa hiyo ana wajibu wa kuhakikisha anakemea haya mambo kwa nguvu zote alizopewa na KATIBA na kwa mujibu wa KATIBA, na kulinda kisiwa chetu cha amani TANZANIA yetu tunachojivunia.

- Masabuda
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Swali ambalo huwa ninajiuliza ni kwamba, Hivi bila hizi imani za "kikoloni" kusingekuwa na Maisha?


- Gabriel
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natamani ingekuwa rahisi watu kutoka nje ya mifumo fikra yao ili waweze kusikilizana na wenzao wenye mifumo fikra tofauti. huu ndio haswa msingi wa kusikilizana. najaribu kumsikia baruani. amejaribu tena na tena kusema hao waliojimilikisha hayo mapambano hawamo humu mtandaoni lakini wapo. kama tunataka kuelewa hoja zao (na hasemi anaziafiki wala sisi tuziafiki) ni bora kujifunza kutoka kwao; ndipo tupembue chuya na safi ili tujue tulipo na jinsi gani tunaweza kuzuia tufani ambayo dalili za mawingu inayokusanya tunaishuhudia hivi sasa. haitoshi kuwaita hawa jamaa kuwa ni magaidi n.k. kwa kuwa wawe wawavyo, wapo na hoja yao inauzika kwa walio pembezoni--na wenye kuitikia itikadi wanayoitumia kuuza sera zao. hivi ndivyo tafrani nyingine duniani zilivyotokea--watu walio pembezoni, walio wengi hawaridhishwi na hali ilivyo, anatokea 'masia' anasema kisa ni wale... anaweza kuwaita 'magabacholi' au 'makwerekwere' au 'semites/mayahudi' au 'shiites' au 'wakristu/to' au 'watutsi' chochote kile lakini moto ukiwaka ni maelfu na maelfu ya mauaji. haikumzuia hitler kuua wayahudi kwa kumuita nazi; wala intarahamwe kufanya mauaji ya kimbari kwa kuitwa hivyo--tumejiita wanazuoni, basi tumejitwika dhamana ya kutafakari mitafaruku ya kijamii kwa kina na kihistoria ili  kuitafutia suluhu madhubuti hata kabla waliopewa dhamana rasmi wakikawia kubaini ukubwa wa tatizo. huu ni wajibu wa kila msomi wa jamii kutumia elimu yake kuinusuru jamii na kizazi chake kutoka kwenye zahama za aina hii--na hili ni anga lililo wazi mbele ya macho yetu, haifai kulifanyia mzaha.

- Demere
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Conspicuous by his Absence?

Liberation Circle: Founding Fathers of the Organization of African Unity - Photo By Emmanuel Akyeampong

Friday, October 26, 2012

The ABC of Applying for Scholarships in Tanzania


MSAADA JUU YA ADMISSIONS NA SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS

By Kapongola Nganyanyuka

1. Je, scholarship huanza kuombwa baada ya kupata admission?

There is no single answer for this question – it varies for each scholarship. For instance, if you are to apply for a scholarship whose provider is different from the admitting university, then you would first apply for admission and later seek for scholarships. The last time I checked, this is the case with World Bank Japan Scholarships. However, other scholarships would require submitting both applications in a single package regardless that they do not admit students (the case with NFP). I would advise you to read specific scholarship instructions to understand what you need to do.  

From my own experience, it is good to prepare in advance so that it becomes easy and fast to apply when you come across scholarship opportunities. Things to prepare may include a statement of intent, CV, certified certificates, scanned certificates, summary/abstracts of your publications etc. Keep in mind that you will need to review and edit all documents to ensure they suit particular scholarships (except your certificates off course).

2. Je, ni mhimu kutuma vyeti vya `O LEVEL' na `A LEVEL'?

I personally feel that you can only attach them if you are required to do so. Personally, I can’t remember using O-level and A-level certificates for scholarship purposes.


3. Je, ni content gani hasa huwa inakuwa kwenye recommendation letter? Je, pia kuna uwezekano wa mimi kuhakikisha kuwa kinachoandikwa kwenye recommendation letter kinani `favour'?

Scholarship recommendations letters are meant to provide the selection team with a third party perspective on your strengths and the reasons why you qualify for the offer. Usually many scholarships will state the kind of information recommenders should include. Likewise, some will go as far as providing templates for the letter. In general, the letter will include your relationship with the recommender, your strengths and specific reasons on why you qualify to receive the scholarship. I have used the word specific purposely, as it is important that the information given in the letter describes you and fit your personality as much as possible. Remember, it is such information that will set you above all other applicants. In that regard, your recommender should include examples of your achievements and initiatives you have taken to tackle any challenges encountered along your academic/professional journey.

I have had challenges with recommendations letters – delays from professor/lecturers. Be sure to inform your recommenders in advance and ensure that they know what you expect from them including deadlines. Here is where your interpersonal skills need to work to their best capacity. The challenge is to give them constant reminders about the deadline while ensuring they don’t feel hurried.

How do you see the content of the letter? In fact, I can’t tell for sure, it will depend on your relationship with the recommender. However, most recommendation letters are meant to be classified information unless stated otherwise. Similarly, your family members do not qualify to be your academic/scholarship recommenders.

4. Je, hiyo recommendation letter ninakabidhiwa mimi zen niitume kunakohusika au inatumwa pasi mimi kuiona?

Most selection teams will require sealed and signed letters. How do you send the letter? - It varies for each scholarship. While others may require you attach it with the rest documents (you will be the one to send in a single package), in other cases the recommender will be asked to send it directly to the scholarship institution.

Being in the dotcom era, some universities may just ask you to provide email addresses of your recommenders and they will contact them to inform how they will submit their letters. Others may require recommenders to fill an online form and thus all communication will be between the recommender and your scholarship institution. Whatever the case may be, it is important that you inform your recommenders to get them prepared. Likewise, it will help you to (re)create rapport with the recommender in case you have no regular contact. You have to realize that your professors meet a “bunch of students’ so they are very likely to forget specific information about you irrespective of your close relationship with them during your school days.

5. Je, hiyo recommendation letter ni vyema ikaandikwa na DR au PROFESSOR? (Uzoefu utumike hapa)

Prominence of the recommender may help to answer the ‘who’s opinion matter’ question, however, I feel that much emphasis is put on the content of the letter. And remember, this information will also be compared to your skills, achievements and what you have written in your statement of intent. All these issues need to balance and you should not expect the recommendation letter to do all the magic. Nonetheless, there will be cases where reviewers will be biased and give more value to recommendation letters from prominent people. Imagine being recommended by Bill Gates, Obama etc. However, I personally think that the odds are very marginal here.

The bottom line is to select a person who knows you well (professionally) and will be able to provide information that correspond to what I have discussed in question 3 above.

6. Je, inawezekana application kuwa accepted kwa kutumia transcript tu bila certificate? (nahisi cheti kitachelewa kutoka zen nikawa out of deadline)

I have no correct answer for this but as usual, check the instructions. If not satisfied, contact the scholarship institution and explain your situation. If still not satisfied, just ask yourself these questions, does it kill to apply? Is it worth to give a try?

7. Je, ni information gani hasa hasa huwa zinatakiwa  kwenye statement of purpose/letter of intent? (ni vyema ningepewa highlight juu ya format yake)

This is one of the key pieces of information in your application for most scholarships. You need to put more effort on this part. You should remember there will always be scarce resources (scholarship funds) compared to the demand (including you). This is a long topic but I will just list a few things to consider when writing your statement of purpose.

· Tell a story – personalize your statement and show that you have interest in what you are doing or planning to do. State your purpose, strengths, and how you plan to achieve your goals (consider immediate and long term goals). Give concrete examples as they will distinguish you from the rest of the applicants.

· Frame your statement to fit your funders’ goals/objectives (if they want to fund students to later become community workers, make sure this is shown in your statement OR if they fund research on HIV your statement should somehow be in that direction).

· Show coherence between your experience, the scholarship and future goals (your background should show that you can well accomplish your academic goals as well as help accomplish those of the funders). For Social Sciences scholarships, usually it is recommended to show how the public will benefit from your education.

· Ensure that your statement is free of spelling mistakes, jargons, acronyms that are not defined and any other typos (e.g. advice instead of advise, Zanzibar instead of Zimbabwe and vice versa).

· Ask your friends/colleagues to read your statement (more than one/once) and give you constructive comments. You should restrain from asking them to write it for you.

· Each scholarship is different; do not submit the same statement for more than one scholarship. Still, you are the same person and probably have a single story, try to retell the story to suit the scholarship. No lying here.

·  In relation to the preceding point, be honest and consistent. The world is like a village, you never know who will read your stuff (virtue should also guide you here).

· Formats for statements are diverse but it will be nice to choose what works best for you. Try to look at what others have written and identify things that drew your attention. It is like writing a letter; there is a common agreement on what should be on the first paragraph etc. Check online resources for further information.

· Coming up with an excellent statement of intent takes time – it is not a one day thing so take your time (it involves drafting and lots of editing - keeping in mind English is our third language, at least for me).

8. Kuna kitu kinaitwa TEOFL TEST/IELTS TEST/CAMBRIDGE TEST, lakini wametoa maelezo kuwa kama ulipata degree yako toka kwenye chuo ambacho kinatumia English kama instructing language hutahitajika kufanya tests, swali ni je hiyo inawezekana ikahusisha vyuo vyetu vya Tanzania? (naomba uzoefu utumike zaidi hapa). Na kama inawezekana je kuna namna yoyote ya mimi kuwa na document inayothibisha kuwa nipo exempted from test?

From my personal experience, most universities in the US will require you to sit for TOEFL or any other accredited English certification regardless of English being the language of instruction in your bachelor degree. Few exceptions will be for those who received their education from prominent/credited International schools e.g. the International School of Tanganyika. In contrast, universities in UK and other European countries are likely to waive TOEFL certification for Tanzanian students.

Alternatively, the English Department of the University of Dar es Salaam provide English language certification for similar purposes but I can’t tell its credibility (I am also not sure if students from other universities in the country are eligible). The certificate mainly shows that English was the language of communication in your studies and you have enough skills to write and speak the language. You can visit the department for further details. (Personally, I don’t have this certification but a couple of friends have benefited from it). Still, I would advise you to read well the application instructions and possibly contact the admission team for them to clarify any unclear issues including English language requirements.

Other Stuffs
· Think of the scholarship search as a project and for its success it requires your time, money and other resources. You need a comprehensive plan to accomplish this project which will guide you over the time e.g. necessary resources, time frame and how you will measure success. For instance, I personally drafted a plan (a matrix) which shows types of scholarship, requirements, application deadlines, recommendations etc.

·  The internet should be your friend. It provides essential resources that cover all issues discussed in this piece. My advice might be a “single story” thing, and the internet will expose you to how others have done it or are still doing it. Most importantly, the internet will keep you at the cutting-edge.

· How to stay up-to-date – you need to use some tools of the internet that are designed for that matter. For instance, make use of email alerts, feeds from blogs, follow people on twitter etc. (you can search the internet on how to do all these). However, beware of internet security etiquettes.

· Personal advice on writing emails. Things I liked in your email – good title (relevant to the content of the email), good introduction and very elaborate and specific questions. Things I feel that you need to improve (my personal taste) – include paragraphs and separate them by a line. Proofread what you have written (your email had several spelling mistakes and connected words). Most of us are affected by the academic upbringing where correct spelling and good typesetting cannot be separated from the content of any written text.

· Lastly, ‘plant many seeds as you never know which ones will grow to bear fruits”, so apply for as many scholarships as you can. Do not lose hope when you receive “we regret’ messages. Analyse why you were not successful, work on the gaps and continue applying with new improve applications. If you are not sure of the reasons for failure, you can write to the admission team. They are usually kind enough to give you feedback. I once wrote to Oxford University as to why I had not succeeded to get a PhD scholarship and they replied explaining all the factors to that effect. I worked on my weaknesses and improved my succeeding applications. You may not always have a chance to work on weaknesses but it will give you peace of mind. For example, you can’t do anything if you are told you have one year experience instead of three.

· In general, if doesn’t kill, try it.

*Here is a list of scholarships:
a)      Scholarships at my current university:
b)      Subi has created a very rich and useful resource for scholarships: http://www.wavuti.com/scholarship-list.html#axzz29xEH4Ugq
c)       Another page from Subi (provides selected list of scholarships as they become available); http://www.wavuti.com/scholarship-posts.html#axzz29xEH4Ugq
d)      The World Bank scholarships
g)      Makulilo has another great resource for scholarships (optionally, you can subscribe and receive email alerts when new opportunities are posted):

**You can also look for these scholarships (they invite applications on an annual basis):
1.      Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships
2.      Gates Cambridge Scholarships
3.      Commonwealth Scholarships (this is one of the best scholarships with respect to amount of stipend and other benefits, however, its application process involves the Ministry of Science, Technology and higher education, subjecting it to TZ tailored bureaucracy. This should not discourage you, give a try).
4.      Australian International Scholarships
5.      Ford Foundation Scholarships
6.      NFP (for studies in the Netherlands)
7.      DAAD scholarships (Germany)
8.      Rotary Foundation
9.      VLIR (Belgium)
10.  UNESCO
11.  HUYGENS scholarships
12.  DFID

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