Hello from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, my home for the next 8 months! I’m here as part of an Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) Fellowship working with the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development, East Africa. (AKU – IED). Both these organizations fall under the larger umbrella of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the largest development agencies in the world. This blog will serve as a way for me to keep track of my experience while here through text posts, photos and videos.
I’ve been asked why I decided to leave the comfort of my home in Montreal, Canada to work half way across the world. There is, honestly, no simple answer. One of the reasons why I came here was because I felt I could, in some small way, try and contribute to the important work that the IED is doing in this part of the world. More importantly, I felt that this experience would help me grow as an individual.
I’m hoping that my time here will help contribute to my deepened understanding of the relationship between education and development. Part of the mandate of the IED (the the AKU more broadly) is to provide developing nations with capacity-building institutions, specifically in further training teachers and educational leaders through their MEd programs. This is based on the belief that unless we are able to train individuals within local contexts to excel in building and running civil institutions, such milieus cannot prosper.
A little about myself: I was born in Montreal and completed my BA at McGill University. After working for a year with the Canadian gov’t, I pursued a double-masters program on scholarship at the Institute of Education and the Institute of Ismaili Studies London, UK. For the last three years, I’ve been working as a community-based educator before accepting this fellowship.
I hope you enjoy this blog! Let this also be a place for dialogue and discussion!