TA N Z A N I A A N D U N E S C O
UNESCO NATIONAL COMMISSION OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
he TANZANIA-UNESCOMAGAZINE is an annual publication that highlights
some of the activities undertaken by either UNESCO through UNESCO National
Commission or the Commission in collaboration with other development partners
in the United Republic of Tanzania.
Edition covers activities that were done between June 2017 andMay 2018. In this particular period, UNESCO
National Commission worked collaboratively with both local and international stakeholders whose areas of concerns
align with those of UNESCO. In particular, the Commission worked more closely with different government ministries,
government institutions and agencies, UN agencies under the umbrella of delivering as one, individuals as well as
Through its five sections, the Commission was able to implement different activities. In Education Section, through
the support fromUNESCO-ASPnet, the National Commission was able to implement Whole-School Approach Project
to climate change. This project has shown tremendous achievement in addressing climate change among the partic-
ipating schools. The Section was also able to coordinate various scholarship and fellowship programmes offered by
UNESCO and UNESCO member states. In addition, the section managed to spearhead implementation of Education
for Sustainable Development in schools by introducing teachers and students to the concept and enhance their
capacity to identify and implement activities that help to foster Education for Sustainable Development.
Through Natural Sciences, National Commission has been at the forefront to protect the environment as demon-
strated through ongoing projects of green economy biosphere reserve in four various Man and Biosphere Reserves
in Tanzania. The Commission is communicating with various stakeholders in fresh water programmes to ensure that
relevant skills knowledge and research results are correctly used in Tanzania. Several projects regarding fresh water
resources are implemented in the country under the International Hydrological Programmes (IHP) which includes
the transboundary fresh water resources. The activities of Natural Science section also extend to ensure the use of
Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) contributes significantly to the national development.
The application of oceanography to mitigation and prevention of ocean related hazards at local and international
level as well as proper use of ocean and its habitants and other oceanic resources are areas which were also taken
aboard. The use of geological science and heritage to facilitate economic development in Tanzania has also taken
place with regard to newly listed UNESCO Geoparks. Promoting Science Technology and Innovation (STI) has also
been a key aspect in ensuring STI contribute in building an industrialized economy.
In the same vein, the Commission through Culture Section was involved in advisory missions regarding the
Zanzibar stone town in an effort to preserve the important historical site in Zanzibar and Ngorongoro conservation
areas in assessing the proposed plan for upgrading the road from Lodeare gate to Golini gate. In such missions, the
Commissions was very keen in ensuring that public interests are observed without compromising UNESCO standards.
The section also worked very closely with key stakeholders of world heritage and conservation with regard to annexing
Speak Gulf in Serengeti National Park. Lastly, the Commission was part of the team that organized the participation
of the 41
session of the world heritage committee in Poland.
The Social Science Section has been striving to ensure that the society builds peace and sustainable development
by conducting several training and workshops particularly to youth and women to ensure that these segments of the
society take part in promoting peace and in the fight against poverty. The Communication and Information Section
for its part organized different workshops on Media Ethics, Digital Heritage, and Mobile Apps development to equip
the targeted population with the necessary knowledge that is instrumental in coping up with the emerging challenges in
their respective fields. Such trainings and workshops involved journalists, students and youth fromdifferent background
but whose visions are compatible with that of UNESCO.
In that regard, I would like to take this opportunity to commend the good work that the commission is doing and
its effort to disseminate information to different stakeholders across the country. On behalf of the Ministry of Education,
Science and Technology, I would like to assure the Commission and all its stakeholders that the Ministry is committed
to work closely with UNESCO through the Commission for the benefit of all Tanzanians.
It is my hope that readers will find this edition resourceful.
Dr. Leonard Akwilapo
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology