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American Students for Peace Journey to Tanzania. Set up Computer Lab at Arusha School

A group of eight students, teachers and other professionals from the United States of America is arriving in Tanzania for a "Peace Journey" to set up a computer lab at Arusha Secondary School. During the Peace Journey that will last for three weeks, the delegation, that resides in Chicago, will work with the students and staff of Arusha in setting up the computer lab, meet with community leaders and conduct internet teaching. They will later climb Mount Kilimanjaro and go on safari to Terengeri, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, before returning to Chicago.

According to the Apex Adventure Alliance Program Director Stan Hickory, the delegation will also visit other schools to find a good partner school for next year. "We would also like to visit various cultural sites in Arusha and we would like to meet with the mayor of Arusha to discuss future expedition,î he said.

He named the Chicago students coming to Arusha as Nick Eugenio (Latin School), Andrew Bermudez (Latin School), Lauren McKearney (Latin School), Anais Vivian (Kennedy High School), Kathleen Rivero (Kennedy High School), Xavier Hernandez (Kennedy High School), Alfredo Munez (Clemente High School) and Hilario Ortiz (Clemente High School).

According to information from the C.L.I.M.B. For Kids (CFK) web page, this project is designed to meld the work of the three Chicago schools (Kennedy, Clemente and The Latin School) and Tanzanian school students and community members to foster the development of education and technology.

In February this year, the Chicago students helped raise money for the Tanzania project by climbing an artificial cliff and asking visitors to the International Adventure Travel and Outdoor Sports Show to pledge money for each climb they performed. With the money they raised, they have managed to travel to Africa to set up the computer lab at the Arusha Secondary School. A public/private sector travel industry delegation of Tanzanians, led by Hon. Fatma Said Ali, Member of Parliament and Chairperson of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), was present for the fund-raising program.

Commenting on the matter, Arusha Secondary School Headmaster Pastory B. Rwamwasi said: "We are very delighted. The world is now turning to computer-internet technology, and we are glad to be part of it."

He said the room for the intended computer lab is ready, and they hope to introduce computer lessons right after the computers are installed.

The C.L.I.M.B. For Kids Foundation is a not for profit organization striving to foster the advancement of education for disadvantaged youth around the world by infusing education, technology and the outdoors. Its desire is to bridge the social-economic gap using education and technology.

Work on the development of CFK began in 1997. Since that time they have worked with C.L.I.M.B. Outdoors, Inc., North Shore Adventures, and Apex Adventure Alliance to provide education for disadvantaged youth. They have provided indoor and outdoor rock climbing, canoe, and kayak programs. Another nonprofit organization, The Peace Journey: Expedition Tanzania, is also sponsoring the kids.

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