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Trondheim Cathedral School participates
in an exchange programme for schools in Norway and schools in the South
(Africa, Asia, Latin-America) with financial support from NORAD (the Norwegian
foreign aid agency). The programme was administered by the office of the
Ex-Volunteer Association for NORAD up to year 2000. Now it is the organization
Friendship North/South that does the job. The first exchange the Cathedral
School took part in was in 1996. Five students and two teachers from our
school travelled to Tanzania for two weeks around the winter break, and
five students and two teachers from Lomwe Secondary School in Usangi in
Tanzania were here for two weeks immediately after Easter. The same types
of exchanges have been repeated in the springs every other year since then,
the last exchange taking place in 2010. Due to the rise of costs for airline
tickets and reductions in the funding, unfortunately only four students
from both North and South could participate in the exchanges some years
Photo: Helga Hoel, 1997
FACTS ABOUT LOMWE SECONDARY
The address of the school is: P.O.Box 215, Usangi, Tanzania and the contact person for the school exchange is the headmaster, Nelson Kangero. As one can see from the picture above, the school is situated in beautiful surroundings in the North Pare Mountains in the Kilimanjaro region about 80 km south east of Moshi. Lomwe Secondary School was founded by the CCM party affiliated parents' organization Wazazi in 1974 and has had Norwegian (Peace Corps) Volunteers posted there in two batches with an interval of some years. The last volunteer finished his contract in 1996. The school does not get any subsidy from the government, but has economic projects as vegetable gardens, a maize farm, a carpentry work shop, shops, canteen etc to raise income to the school.
In April 2010 (The school year in Tanzania starts in January) the school had 817 students, 511 boys and 306 girls. Most of the students are boarders and the remaining students are day scholars. Only about 5 % of the primary school leavers in Tanzania used to be admitted into secondary schools, but because of the UN millennium goals the World Bank and other Development partners have under the SEDEP (Secondary Education Development Programme) made it possible for more than half of the primary school leavers to continue. The students at Lomwe pay 800 000 Tanzania Shillings a year in school fees as boarders and not quite as much as day scholars. There is an additional examination fee the year the students sit for their national exams.
The school has 31 teachers, 7 of them women, and 20 non-teaching staff members. The medium of instruction is English and the following subjects, all compulsory, are taught in Form 1and 2: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Civics, English, Kiswahili and Agricultural Science. Recently the school has also offered Book keeping and Commerce. In Form 2 Book keeping, Commerce and Agricultural Science are optional subjects. Form 3 and 4 students are given a chance to select the subjects they are capable to do. The best students take 10, weaker ones take 7 - 9. Compulsory subjects are English, Kiswahili, Civics, History, Geography, Mathematics and Biology. The rest are optional subjects.
In 2001 Lomwe Secondary School started to offer a Form 5 and form 6 programme where students have to take three subjects at principal level and one subject at subsidiary level. Everybody takes General Studies at sub level and the principal level subjects offered are English, Kiswahili, History and Geography. From 2003 the school has also offered Economics with Basic Applied Mathematics.
For the excursions from Trondheim Cathedral School it has been important that the school has had a school car in good condition so that the transport has been safe and reasonable. Lomwe took over an old Landrover from NORAD in 1992. During the last excursions we have hired a minibus in Usangi.
Photo: Lucas Mchomvu, 1996
When the Cathedral school had visitors from Tanzania in April 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002, the Tanzanian students were hosted by the Norwegian students who had been in Tanzania. Half way through their stay in 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2010 they changed hosts so that as many as possible in the development studies class would become involved in the project. The whole class + our guests spent a week-end at Røros trying among other things to ski with various degrees of success in 1996. During later exchanges we have had various week-end excursions or day trips. In 2010 we hired a cabin near the city for a week-end enabling the students to try how to ski.
Back in the school the lessons in the computer lab were possibly the most exotic experience for our guests during the first exchanges.
Photo: Helga Hoel, 2002
Photo: Helga Hoel, 2010
A report from the exchange programmes and the student's journals are found on Helga Hoel's internet pages. See the list of possible documents to view underneath.
This page was made by Helga Hoel in February 1998 and was last time modified in late May 2010.