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How do Africans read the Bible?

This weekend I started Philip Jenkins’ fantastic (and very readable) The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South. He traces the issues that have divided the global Christian world in modern times: gender, sexual morality and homosexuality, and looking for reasons for why ‘the West’ and […]

Revisiting weakness

A few years ago, I wrote a series for this blog on weakness. I was coming at it from feeling reasonably competent in the tasks given to me and trying to work out if that was OK. My question wasn’t about whether I was competent enough to do what God […]

Tanzanian universities today

Part 5/6 in a series on the history of Tanzanian universities So far, we’ve covered a bunch of historical info about education and politics in Tanzania: postcolonialism, founding and accreditation, the 1960s-70s and 2001 onwards. What does this mean for universities in Tanzania today? One writer has described Tanzanian universities […]

Tanzanian universities: 2001 onwards

Part 4/6 in a series on the history of universities in Tanzania A big change for Tanzanian universities, and for much of education in Tanzania generally, came in 2001 with the government’s Primary Education Development Plan, a push by the government to raise the standard of education and increase the […]

Tanzanian universities: 1960s-70s

Part 3/6 in a series on the history of Tanzanian universities It’s often said that the key to understanding the last 50 years of Tanzanian history is the legacy of Julius Nyerere. This is also a useful lens for understanding the educational philosophy and development of Tanzanian universities.