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Ubuntu and you

Meet Africa’s philosophywith us.

We are the service learning foundation in Mwanza Tanzania, also known as QESKE Tanzania. The foundation is Linked with SAUT University in Tanzania and combines the academia with local practice and social challenges under the motto “enriching students learning and strengthening local community’s” . We organize this tour in order to spread the idea of Service-Learning and to promote African philosophy, necessary for service-learning. Dr. Titus.O.Pacho, Mr. Joseph Badokufa and  Mrs. HyasintaIzumba are SAUT professionals connected to the foundation. The Netherlands is represented by Dirk Ernst, who is volunteering at SAUTUniversity and the foundation.

Ubuntu is a way of life, living together with respect for individuals and with an emphasis on the collective responsibility to each other,to environment and tonature. Ubuntu is a philosophyof lifeand is an African philosophy. Sophie BòsèdéOlúwolé(2017), a Nigerian Philosopher,  pointed from the old Ifa -texts, Niger delta (oral stories written down 1000 AC),  there is an African Philosophy. She compared the Greek Philosopher Socrates with Òrúnmìlà, a personage in the Ifa- texts. Òrúnmìlà and Socrates lived at the same time ( 500 BC). By comparing them Olúwolé describes western thinking ( Socrates)  as oppositional dualism whereby the reality consist of concrete matter and the world of ideas, strictly separated. It is either Matter or idea.  African philosophy can be described as complementary dualismwhereby in reality matter and ideas are complementary and cannot be seen separately.

In early Colonial time Ifatexts were identified by ( western) Missionaries as being basically religioustexts. From that moment on African philosophyby Western interpretationhas been seenasa religion of nature. In western philosophy, based on the Greek philosophy, there is a distinction between science( reality) and religion(ideas). Science is dealing with reality and religion in the west is about a personal relation with God. What counts in western science  is “it should be evidence based”. While in African philosophy the before-life, the living-life and the after-life is an unity together with the environment and the nature. By interpreting the African way of life as only a religion of nature Ubuntu get undervalued. After Western Colonialism  African countries are re-inventing  themself. By the revelation of African philosophy Ubuntu is more and more appreciated. By recognizing it as a philosophy for existence it becomes more and more visible as a part of African identity.( Source: Socrates and Òrúnmìlà; Two Patron Saints of Classical Philosophy by Ark Publishers, Lagos, Nigeria, Sophie BòsèdéOlúwolé,  2017)

Ubuntuis still tangible inAfrican society however it is mostly coveredby foreign influences, especially in cities. It is deeply embedded in Africa´s mentality and best visible in the country side. Ubuntu  philosophy is well known nowadays, also in the western world, by the struggle of South Africa to become completelyindependent by Mandela and bishop Tutu.


Meet Ubuntu, Service-learning , (Non-formal) education and community building in Tanzania Mwanza Sucuma land, cooperative villages ( Ujamaa), from November 24 till December 3 2018

10 days tourto the heart of Ubuntu in Mwanza Tanzania for € 950,- p.p.( personal expenditures excluded,flightavailable from ±€ 550,- on depending on your wishes, either organized by yourself or by us, or to book together at the information day,  let us know.   € 150 p.p. is included to promote and support the Service learning foundation, NGO as a non-profit organization, take into account $ 50,- visa and injection yellow fever € 25,-)

You will be hosted in or near SAUT University in Mwanza Tanzania near Lake Victoria. Accommodation: teachers guest houses on the compound of the University or in a good hotel nearby or in the city. ( luxury hotels **** of more to additional price)

You will receive full-services, including meals ( with water and soft drinks, Tanzanian wine and beer available to low costs) and guided excursions to the area of interest. You will meet the Sucuma people with a great tradition in Ubuntu. Their non-formal education system is soaked with Ubuntu. We will visit Ujamaa villages, cooperative villages according Neyere’svision on local developmentwith a local guide. The program istailor made and can be adapted according your wishes including a personal guide for all days by a student or a teacher of the University. We also will visit places where service-learning is in practice and of course touristic trips will also be part of the tour in order to feel our own Ubuntu.

You get an introduction in Ubuntuand service-learning provided by the faculties of Sociology, Philosophy and Education of the University.You will receive a certificate after following the tour and the lectures.

Possibility forextra touristic modules to integrate in the 10 days or as an extension before or after:  two days Safari to Serengeti € 400,- or 4 days Zanzibar € 400,-

Information day: September the 15h2018, 13.00 -16.00 hours at Qeske, Roda boulevard Wiebachstraat 77A, 6466 NG Kerkradethe Netherlands.You will get further information about  Ubuntu and the trip, we will collect wishes for the tour and provide also practical information like visa, insurance,  health and money, there is a possibility to book the flights togetheror getting the information how to book and to meet colleagues from Tanzania.

Further information: The contact person for the Netherlands is Mr. Dirk Ernst. He is currently in Tanzania and you can reach him by mail,, whatsapp +225784780336 or by messenger in facebook,  find Dirk Ernst Heerlen. Our website is still in construction

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