Founded in 2009 • Located in Dar Es Salaam and Arusha
Over 90 youth served Ages 7-15
Ilboru Secondary School & St. Joseph Girls School • 60 youth ages 15 to 21
"The LEAF International music program has changed the spirit of our entire school!” - Jovinus R Mutabuz, Ilboru Headmaster
"The project at Ilboru Secondary School exemplifies the power of combining the fun of music and dance with environmental and cultural appreciation. We are inspiring a new generation of compassionate and aware change-makers in Tanzania." -Chase Pickering, Roots & Shoots Board of Directors
With the support of LEAF International, Ilboru Secondary School and St. Joseph Girls School in Arusha host the only music programs in the area that teach young people East African dances, songs and drum rhythms. The first program at Ilboru was so successful, that the program expanded to St. Jospeh at the request of the kids!
Arusha is a home to over a million African, Arabs, Indians, Europeans, and Americans. 750 boys from all over Tanzania attend the prestigious Ilboru Secondary School in Arusha. Prospective students must pass an exam to be accepted. Families often cannot afford the $60 annual tuition, so the Tanzanian government provides the rest of the school's funding.
Students in the LEAF International prgoram meet two to three times a week after school. They also perform concerts regularly that highlight the various tribes and cultures in Tanzania while promoting the environmental messages of our partner, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots.
Through the project students gain:
“I am so happy to feel in touch with being Tanzanian!" - George Amandas, student in LI Arusha Roots & Shoots Black Rhino Club
"I am proud for how much [the teens] have learned. There are no other programs like this in any other schools. It is important for kids to know their culture. I have really seen changes in the students - more togetherness and community, Their talents and skills have really increased. Thank you for supporting this very program, the students need it!” -Fredy Nganga
Project Dar Es Salaam
Mianzini Prepatory School • Over 30 youth ages 7 to 13
"The program has lifted the spirits of all the students!" -Crissa, LEAF International Ambassador
Once a small coastal village, Dar Es Salaam is now the largest city in Tanzania and the country’s economic center. It has a lively urban music culture influenced largely by globalization. They have a local version of hip hop called "bongo flava."
At Mianzini Prepatory School, Ibrahim All Salum teaches local singing and dance traditions twice a week. Students perform regularly at public events in Dar Es Salaam and lead environmental projects through Roots & Shoots. The project helps students use music as a vehicle for positive change and encouraged community involvement in youth-led environmental initiatives. It is the hope that these students will be able to take group tris to LI Arusha and other areas of Tanzania to perform, compete, and make connections.
Through the project students gain:
• Leadership skills
• Opportunities to work in preserving the natural environment
Meet the Teaching Artist
Ibrahim All Salum is the LEAF International teaching artist in Dar Es Salaam. He is also the vice chairman of the Lumumba Theater Group. He began learning traditional music when he was in standard IV schooling after being inspired by the festival which used to take place at the University of Dar es Salaam each year. He loved seeing the performances and ever since then, has wanted to become like those artists. These artists inspired Ibrahim to learn and develop the skills that he uses to be the great artist that he is today!
"Teaching cultural traditions is important to my community because it helps people to understand our way of living, i.e traditional rules and regulations, values, and beliefs. And by teaching these values we preserve our culture!" -Ibrahim
Meet a Student
Swedi Shabani is in year VI at Mianzini Primary School, and really enjoys taking music classes. “I think musical traditions must be perpetuated because they educate children and adults," he reflects.
“I feel good when I play my musical traditions because I develop my talent” -Swedi
Watch the students at Mianzini Prepatory School
Smiles all around as teaching artist, Ibrahim works with youth!