Learning Insync

LIS is an international non-profit focusing on secondary education in developing countries. W: www.learninginsync.org. T: @LearningInSync

We create and disseminate best-practice educational opportunities for students and teachers in developing countries by developing original educational programming and related materials; by making data-driven policy recommendations; and by establishing cross-sector partnerships. Our current mission country is Tanzania. For more information, see our FAQs.

Mission: To create and implement educational programs that bridge the gap between homes and classrooms, local and international languages, and national and global needs.

Wow....something to inspire



Six Tanzanian companies taking advantage of a changing economy

Three of our favorite company's - Ubongo Kids, Kinu, and Black Tomato - their work and success described! Have a read...

howwemadeitinafrica.com Tanzania-based businesses riding on the country's emerging opportunities.


EDUCATION SPECIAL REPORT: Hostile environment in schools: The past meets the present

An interesting piece on the impact of rapidly mushrooming secondary schools nationwide.

thecitizen.co.tz >Between May 21 and 25, 2007, I carried out a five-day survey on Teaching and Learning Processes in Secondary Schools in Same District, Kilimanjaro Region.The aim was to establish how teachers do their work, the methods they use, how and whether pupils are involved in the learning process and the ro…

[05/21/15]   LIS is at eLearning Africa 2015 – Enriching Tomorrow, today.

What is your vision for Africa? How are you using technology to provide new solutions for education and training? How are you helping to transform Africa? Learn more at

Why are schools punishing children for speaking African languages?

Its time to start acknowledging that African languages are actually a vital resource in our schools….

thisisafrica.me Good news for TIA fans using an iPhone. After we launched the brand news This Is Africa app for Android earlier this month, the free iPhone update is now ready for download from the app store. Get it today!


As I Scrolled Through These 45 Photos, One Thing Became Very Clear. And Everyone Should See It.

Don’t let this world get you down. There are plenty of good people out there who would help you if you stumbled. Feel good about other people, and let this article remind you.

passitdown.co Tears, smiles and more... it's all here.


A young man asks a homeless man to borrow his bucket, what happens next will burst you into tears

Smile…for humanity

themindawakened.com A young man asks a homeless man to borrow his bucket, what happens next will burst you into tears8:20 AM Ryan Maxwell 0A German student was walking in the street and noticed a homeless man trying to get some money from the pedestrians.Unfortunately his technique was not very successful so the studen…


Which Classic Children's Book Describes Your Life?

Remember these classic books from your childhood? Let's see which one is actually about you!

playbuzz.com Remember these classic books from your childhood? Let's see which one is actually about you!

5 Reasons poverty porn empowers the wrong person

Is it ethical to depict the graphic qualities of a human being to Western audiences for the sole purpose of eliciting an emotional experience and ultimately, money? Have a think, www.one.org

one.org ONE is a grassroots campaign, co-founded by Bono, of more than 3 million people committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.


Guess which country does the most good for the planet?

The idea of the Good Country Index is pretty simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. US overall ranking - #21. Tanzania overall ranking - #63. Libya overall ranking - #125. Ireland overall ranking - #1. Where do you want to visit?

ideas.ted.com The Good Country Index measures how much each of 125 countries contributes to the planet. Announced today, the Index features some unexpected winners — and even more surprising losers. (Sorry, USA....


Côte d'Ivoire's Serey Die: Why I Was Crying at World Cup - This Is Africa Lifestyle

Beware of silly assumptions….

thisisafrica.me Côte d'Ivoire's Serey Die: Why I Was Crying at World Cup

Its up to us to change tradition…


Shule Direct

Pioneering the creation of digital content for Tanzanian students! Congratulations Shule direct! Its a pleasure to watch your resources grow!

shuledirect.co.tz An online platform that provides educational learning content for students and teachers in secondary schools.Start Learning


ieee: Let Sub-Sahara African Researchers Have Affordable Access to IEEE Content

Give SSA researchers AFFORDABLE access to READING and PUBLISHING in IEEE databases; and tap into a wealthy of untapped innovative mindsets to participate in solving global challenging problems.

change.org We are what we read. The majority of researchers from resource insufficient countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) cannot afford access to research...

Young lives across the world have been saved by harnessing the power of science, technology and innovation. What else can be done to strengthen teaching and learning?

[06/02/14]   “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

Everything else is secondary.”

~ Steve Jobs

eLearning Africa 2014 / International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training.

eLearning Africa will showcase the stories, experiences, research, thinking and expertise that make up the complex but thrilling picture of ICT for development, education and training in Africa today, under the overall theme of Opening Frontiers to the Future. Happening now in Kampala. Check out the website for updates!

elearning-africa.com International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training.


The Tanzania Effect

What inspires you to do your best? Seattle sports teams at CenturyLink Field claims that its the beauty of Tanzania, mounted on the stadium walls, that creates success for them. Are you a believer…the Tanzania Effect

Tony Ventrella goes looking for answers behind the success of the Seattle sports teams at CenturyLink Field this season and as he comes to find out there is ...


Poverty, unemployment, and education lies at the foundation….

ippmedia.com When an individual cannot afford the basic needs we say that he is poor and when one country is having few resources than the other country we say also the country is relatively poor. The absolute poverty is the one to be looked at with much emphasis because is the situation where an individual cann…


Dodoma to host Education Week festivities

Education Week in Tanzania! What does education mean to you?

dailynews.co.tz Tanzania\'s leading online News Edition (The National Newspaper). Get access to the most current and latest authoritative news on local issues, politics, events, celebrations, editorial, columnists, features, people and business

January Makamba

"Capacity to kill is not a tribal or racial proprietary. Capacity for violence resides comfortably beneath the belly of each one of us." Thank you Hon. Makamba...for sparking a reflective moment in us all.

On this day in 1994, at around 8pm, a plane carrying Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi was downed near Kigali airport, sparking a bloodbath. While the word "genocide" is easily thrown around, there has been only 4 or 5 genocides in modern history, including the Rwandan genocide. The emotional investment required to kill a neighbour, and to kill with a machete, is massive, and makes reconciliation process intricate. This happened in our lifetime, in our neighborhood.This is not the work of drones. It is the work of our hands & hearts. What is unique about the Rwandan genocide is that it was intimate violence - involving people who knew each other and using crude close-up tools. Genocide is only possible when you find and drill into people an ideological underpinning, a justification for dehumanization. Human's greatest weakness is the easiness in which we can be swayed to commit, accept and justify mass murder. None of us is immune from possibility. It was only possible to massacre millions after it was able to see others as "cockroaches" (i.e dehumanized). We see dehumanization everyday. That a man, even an educated one, can be made to act on the belief that killing a neighbour and even a relative is a national duty, is scary. Capacity to kill is not a tribal or racial proprietary. Capacity for violence resides comfortably beneath the belly of each one of us.


A Lioness Killed A Baboon, But What She Did Next With The Baby Is So Shocking.

Motherly instincts transcend typical predator/prey interactions. An amazing story. Have a look!

sftimes.co Photographer Evan Schiller and Lisa Holzwarth were on a game drive in northern Botswana when they encountered a massive group of thirty to forty chaotic baboons charging by them.



what does your home country lead in?
A few interesting ones: Republic of Ireland leads in quality of life. The U.K leads in fascist groups. Estonia leads in most women per man. Tanzania leads in national parks and wildlife - though if we don't start taking care of our environment, we won't lead in anything....




Laziness and the Art of Thinking....."Investing in human capital to produce rational, decisive and engaging workers is therefore a major ingredient."

ippmedia.com When I was growing up there were some guarantees in life – of a good job if you worked hard enough, of getting a good wife if you behaved like a gentleman, of getting a good husband if people could say you are a nice girl, and of living a long happy life if you ate well without thinking too much abo...


This is what Teachers can Teach.

Paying it Forward.
What Teachers Can Teach...

elephantjournal.com This is mentorship. This is lineage. This is generational humanity. This is what a caring teacher, willing to slow down and give time, teaches: 1975

Gleaming insight into the massive world that is Africa -- through literature.

More new books from across Africa.


The world isn’t even close to what you think it looks like.

Whoa, why are we changing maps?

elephantjournal.com The World doesn't look like what you think it Looks Like.

A different perspective...

See life from an astronaut's point of view on #LiveFromSpace on the National Geographic Channel on March 14 at 8 p.m. EST.

Imarisha Education Conference

Imarisha Education Conference


Ubongo Kids: Tanzania's Homegrown Edu-Cartoon Season 1

Ubongo Kids is Tanzania's first homegrown cartoon series, designed to help kids discover the joys of math through fun, local stories and songs. Check out this inspiring project!

kickstarter.com Creating the English version of Ubongo Kids Season 1 - so our math edutainment cartoon series can reach millions more kids!



If you did have the funds to uplift the quality of education, what would you do first?

ippmedia.com Recurring mass failures by Form Four candidates has prompted stakeholders to propose that government dedicate at least 30 percent of next year’s national budget to the education sector. The stakeholders are imploring the Members of Parliament to push the government to give priority to education in t...


Man Attempts To Hug a Wild Lion. What Happens Next Stunned Me

South African zookeeper bonds with the second largest big cat species in the world.

sftimes.co Kevin Richardson is a South African zookeeper reknown for being so intimate with lions that he has been accepted into several prides. What he tries to do may seem insane to most, but..

The 2014 Imarisha Education Conference, February 21st and 22nd in Kilimanjaro Region -- a floor for deliberations on strategies, policies and best practices of ICT application in education. Stay tuned for updates!

The power of ignorance...

Announced yesterday: Ugandan President Museveni to sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Under the new law, gay people will be jailed for life.


Kwa uzoefu wako ni katika kipindi cha somo gani wanafunzi wanalala sana darasani?

Do you speak African?
In a continent with over 2,000 languages, over 50 countries, and a history which far precedes colonialism, a diverse group of students speak up!

A group of students has launched a campaign to break down stereotypes about Africa. Wrapped in the flag of their country these students tell the viewer that "Africa is not a country" and "Africans don't need to be saved." http://buff.ly/1f8TPhm


Haunting photos that bear witness to modern slavery

“There are more than 27 million people enslaved in the world today — that's double the amount of people taken from Africa during the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade.”

ted.com Photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. In this moving talk, she shares heart-breaking photos and stories.


Say what? 11 untranslatable words from other cultures [Infographic]

Just can't express yourself? Have a look at 11 words that are simply untranslatable...

mnn.com These are words for very specific emotions or things, and there is no match for them in other languages.



First Lady of Tanzania sets out to inspire. Have a look at the work of her organization, WAMA. How the trick -- how can we scale this type of initiative? Is it possible without losing quality?

ippmedia.com First Lady and Women and Development Foundation (WAMA) chairperson Salma Kikwete has hailed government efforts in giving special attention to girls’ education, maternal and child health. Speaking yesterday during the diplomats 'sherry party' to welcome the year 2014 at the State House, she vowed to…

Milky Way hoovering over the pyramids in Giza...to inspire.

If this isn't one of the most beautiful photos you've ever seen of Milky Way hoovering over the pyramids in Giza..


Where In The World You Can Find The Best Schools — And The Happiest Kids

Do you feel happy at school? Have a look at the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s triennial international survey comparing test scores with happiness.

buzzfeed.com From Singapore to Switzerland.

We are sad to learn that BBC TV presenter (BBC World News and "Focus on Africa" programme) Komla Dumor died at his home in London at the age of 41.

With Komla Dumor's sudden and tragic death, Africa has lost one of its brightest young talents. Komla was an inspirational journalist, always determined to find the facts and report on the truth. I shall miss his smile and wonderful sense of humour. May his soul rest in peace. Kofi Annan


Here Are 12 Unborn Animals In The Womb. They're Absolutely Beautiful...Especially The Dolphin.

These extraordinary pictures of unborn baby animals inside their mother’s womb (or in some cases, eggs) are fascinating, even if somewhat creepy.

viralnova.com Except the shark. That thing is still terrifying.

GEM Report Unesco

The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) highlights the powerful influence of circumstances, such as wealth, gender, ethnicity and location, over which people have little control but which play an important role in shaping their opportunities for education and life. Have a look....

What are the barriers to learning? How do circumstances affect access to education? Updated global data on WIDE out 29 Jan: http://bit.ly/14ZcoDj

"The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people."

Happy Birthday Dian Fossey!

Today would have been Dian Fossey's 82nd birthday. Check out today's Google Doodle honoring her. Dr. Goodall and Fossey along with Dr. Birutė Galdikas were all chosen by Dr. Louis Leakey to do their respective studies of great apes. Dr. Goodall of course on chimpanzees, Fossey on mountain gorillas and Galdikas on orangutans. They were known as, "Leakey's Ladies." www.google.com

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