As Tanzanian students move out of primary school and into secondary, the medium language of instruction changes from Kiswahili to English. Most students have neither the opportunity nor the means with which to experience and utilize English effectively to ensure their academic success in an all-English classroom.
In order to better facilitate this transition, Asante Africa Foundation has been collaborating with local school officials and Takako Mino, a former Debate Outreach Associate from Claremont McKenna College to implement a district wide English language debate competition for students at our partnering schools.
An ESL debate competition would provide opportunity for meaningful application of English for students and teachers alike, empowering and motivating participants. Asante Africa Foundation’s first step toward this endeavor is to provide debate training seminars for participating schools and their teachers. These seminars were recently completed and profiled on Discover Voice, as Takako Mino reflects on the experience.