ABOUT US


WHO WE ARE

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TAMASHA was co-founded in 2006 by three close friends all working with young people long enough to believe that they are the change that we so desperately yearn for, in our communities. The aim is to secure the rightful space for young people so they can actively contribute to the development of their societies using participatory and appreciative approaches.

It was officially registered in Tanzania in April 2007 and later on in Kenya in 2012 but with a pan-African perspective set up in response to the increasing attention being paid to the youth question in the world.

Since its registration, TAMASHA has deliberately kept a fairly low profile because it wished to prove itself through its work before requesting funding to institutionalize and consolidate and expand its work.  However, it has been recognized by and has worked with various donors including UN agencies (UNICEF in Tanzania and throughout Africa, UNFPA, UNESCO), and bilateral government agencies (USAID) as well as other international organizations.

Mission:

Provide a critical youth perspective on all aspects of development and lobby for the inclusion of adolescents and young people as a whole and the most marginalized groups of young people in particular.

Vision:

Adolescents and young people realize their rights and their rightful place at the centre of development in their communities and nation, in Tanzania, East Africa and in Africa as a whole. 

Objectives:

  • Develop strong teams of young facilitators committed to participatory youth development.
  • Sponsor research, with young people in all areas related to youth.
  • Create electronic networks of young activists across Tanzania, Africa and beyond to share experience and innovations.
  • Use the media to promote public debate on issues relating to young people.
  • Bring together innovative thinkers and activists to review ‘accepted wisdom and methodologies’ of youth development and publicizing their findings.
  • Set and maintain standards of participation and development of young people in all areas.
  • Promote the learning and capacity development of young people through:
    • Graded, participatory courses in aspects related to youth development (for example, life skills, peer education and facilitation, Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV prevention, environmental conservation, participatory action research).
    • Livelihood and entrepreneurship programmes including social entrepreneurship.
    • Organizational development of youth organisations.
    • Communication programmes including use of media, with particular emphasis on lobbying, advocacy and communication for social change.

Develop a ‘coalition for young people’ by bringing together and promoting the learning of all organisations and institutions working with young people and set and monitor standards for participation of young people in their organisations.

 

RICHARD MABALA

Executive Director (2007 to 2018)

He is a founder member of influential NGOs such as TGNP and HakiElimu, a widely recognized participatory facilitator and trainer, a writer of facilitation manuals on gender, youth development, life skills, developmental columns in the newspapers and children’s books. He was finally prevailed upon to join UNICEF in order to set up an out of school programme for young people, which has become the model for youth development in Tanzania.


EDWINAH OROWE

Director Kenya Programs

She has been a facilitator, nationally and internationally (Somalia, Ethiopia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Malawi) in issues of human rights programming, youth development and life skills. In ADF V (2006) she was not only a facilitator but was also chosen to speak on behalf of young people. Her speech was so powerful that it provided a reference point for all, including senior politicians, throughout the Forum.


CHURCHILL SHAKIM

Executive Director (From 2018)

He has been a youth activist for more than 10 years in a wide variety of youth programmes culminating in his being chosen Executive Secretary of Tanzania Life Skills Association. He is well known nationally and internationally as a facilitator in youth development, human rights programming and life skills, (Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Kenya, Sudan, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone) He was one of the facilitators of youth participation in African Development Forum (ADF V) on Youth and Leadership in 2006.