Teachers for East Africa alumni

  • MA


59 Otis St.
United States

About Us

Teachers for East Africa (TEA) and Teachers Education in East Africa (TEEA) were two important projects to supply teachers for high school schools in the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda from 1961 until 1971. TEA was one of the first international initiatives of the new Kennedy Administration, launched with a grant from the State Department's Agency for International Development (US-AID) program to be administered by Teachers College, Columbia University. Over the ten years of their existence TEA and TEEA supplied 631 teachers for secondary schools and teacher training colleges in East Africa. The project was instrumental in expanding secondary school education in preparation for independence in the three countries between 1961 and 1963, a time when there were a mere handful of secondary schools in these countries. Orientation and further education for participants took place at Columbia University and, for some, Makerere College in Kampala, Uganda. Teachers were assigned to secondary sc hools for two year periods. Upon their return to the United States, most of the participants remained in education and many continued a strong interest in African studies. Following the September, 2001, reunion the Teachers for East Africa Alumni TEAA, a non-profit oroiganization, was formed with the following mission: (i) support for education in the East African nations of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, (ii) communication among ourselves, including reunions, and (iii) gathering, maintaining, creating and disseminating expertise and archival material pertaining to T/E/EA and its original mission and activities. We are planning another reunion in East Africa in June-July of 2003 or 2004 probably beginning with a gathering at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. We seek service/teaching projects at established secondary schools (that is, schools with a history of surviving and likely to continue to do so; we are not looking to assist the premier schools in the countries) in each of the three East African count ries, ideally at one of the schools where an alumna/us taught in the 60s. Our sense is that 15-20 people would work on a project/s for 5-10 days. Accommodation would be helpful; some might be able to live in tents. Any assistance you could give us in our search for projects will be much appreciated. Most cordially, Brooks Goddard, TEAA planner for Kampala 03 TEA, Makerere University, MAT 1965 Kitui and Kiganjo, Kenya, 1965-1967