Mazingira Clubs

Mazingira Clubs is a MESO initiative that focuses on disseminating information regarding environmental, socio-cultural and other development issues throughout Tanzania, Africa and the world. This objective is accomplished by establishing resource centers, hosting training and community education events, and promoting multimedia outreach efforts. Such activities organized by Mazingira Clubs are intended to increase awareness and participation within communities, to foster socially and politically accountable governance, and to facilitate poverty alleviation programs and activities.

Expected Outputs

 
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Establishing and upgrading information and documentation centers so as to increase public awareness on issues regarding the environment and sustainable development.

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Establishing and supporting environmental clubs in schools, colleges and community groups.

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Capacity building for community members in relation to poverty alleviation, good governance and sound environmental planning through seminars, training workshops and sight-seeing/study tours to different sights in Arusha and other regions of Tanzania.

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Hosting educational entertainment events to promote environmental awareness and civic education activities. For example, using art groups to perform musical concerts and/or ngoma (drama) shows.

Accomplishments to Date

 
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Established Mbulumbulu Information and Documentation Center at the Karatu branch office (1997), which includes a collection of more than 2000 different resources.

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Initiated environmental and social clubs in schools in Karatu and Arusha.

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Developed a section in the Arusha head office with visual presentations concerning environmental awareness locally and around the world, books, periodicals and research documents.

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Hosted more than 50 seminars and training workshops for different target groups and members.

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Organized and facilitated projects undertaken by international students, scientists and volunteers while in Tanzania. A few examples of past groups include: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), USA; School for International Training (SIT), USA; Global Service Corps, USA; University of Wales, UK; Peace Corps, USA; InWENT, Germany; and the South African Development Community (SADC).

MESO - The Multi-Environmental Society
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Working in a rural library


MESO
attending a rally in   Arusha


A visual presentation on display


A student attending a study tour in Karatu