Young Scientists Tanzania 2015 is from the 5th - 7th August! 

 H.E. Fionnuala Gilsenan, Embassy of Ireland, Tanzania




YST 2014




 Dr. Gerry Killeen, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania 




Winners of Young Scientists Tanzania 2014 were

Dhariha Amour Ali and Salma Khalfan Omar from Lumumba Secondary School in Unguja (Zanzibar). Their project titled "Changing attitudes to control flies in Tanzania" combined excellent technical and scientific content while addressing the large local issue of flies which their islands experiences.

YST2014 was privilaged to have the winner announced by the Vice President of Tanzania, Dr. Mohamed Ghairb Bilal. A nuclear physicist himself, Dr. Mohamed Ghairb Bilal was a past pupil of Lumumba Secondary School.

Dhariha and Salma returned home to a hero's welcome and brought with them Tsh 1,000,000 prize money and a school trophy. In addition they have earned third level scholarships from the Karimjee Jivanjee Foundation and an all expenses trip to Ireland in January 2015 to attend the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. They along with their teacher Amie, will receive a very warm welcome to Ireland!

Runner up position went to Upendo Mwanuo and Josephine Chomya from St. Christina's Secondary School in Tanga. Upendo  and Josephine won with their project from the Biological and Ecological category titled "The use of Masai eating style as a way of controlling diseases".

We congratulate all the winners of the many special awards and category awards. All their posters can be seen shortly in the YST 2014 menu above.

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Young Scientists Tanzania is a unique event in Africa, providing a platform for young people from across Tanzania to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents. Modeled on the internationally acclaimed Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition in Ireland, now in its 50th year, Young Scientists Tanzania helps to popularise science amongst young people and encourage them to seek practical solutions to the problems they face in everyday life. 

The centrepiece of YST is an attractive annual exhibition and competition in which schools and students can participate. Schools and teachers that wish to get involved are supported through cross regional workshops, where they receive mentoring and practical advice on experimental methods suitable for their environment. Students then generate ideas for their projects based on the realities faced in their communities, tackling topics as wide ranging as nutrition, climate change, sustainable agriculture, gender inequality, disease, clean water and sustainable energy, all of which have major implications for the development of the Tanzanian economy and society. In the process of their research, students and schools are also linked up with appropriate mentors from academia, the government, development and private sectors, and encouraged to view their research in the context of the global scientific community.

Young Scientists really "taking off " in Zanzibar

YST co-founder, Mr. Joseph Clowry shares experiences from Ireland
REO and DEO 's discuss expanding YST activities in their regions
Our Zanzibar RC Ame Vuai

Schools from Zanzibar have been participating in Young Scientists Tanzania since 2012.

This year on 13/14th  August, six schools from Unguja and four from Pemba will travel to the YST exhibition in Dar es Salaam to present their Young Scientists research projects.

Last  year, Haile Selassie Secondary School was the YST 2013,overall runner up. This was the catalyst for such interest in the Young Scientists model in Zanzibar.
Ame Vuai, the YST Regional Co-ordinator for Zanzibar reports, " the Young Scientists model has really captured the imagination of our teachers and students her in Zanzibar. It is fair to say that every school wants to participate".

YST co-founder,  Joseph Clowry was invited to attend a meeting this morning  hosted by Maryam  A. Yusuf, Commissioner,Ministry of Education and Vocational Training. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the project and to explore synergies to expand to all schools in Zanzibar.

Fifteen officials, including REO's,DEO's,Officer for Secondary Schools, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer attended the meeting, to discuss strategies to introduce this project to all 131 secondary schools in Unguja and 79 schools in Pemba.

The Commissioner, Maryam  A. Yusuf, congratulated the schools that are participating in the project and was confident that the Young Scientists will grow to enable all secondary schools to present projects for the exhibition. Maryam said "this YS project really  increases the interest, enjoyment, understanding and self confidence of our students in the sciences. In the long term it will deliver enduring socio-economic benefit for our young Zanzibar people."

It was agreed to precede and expand the project in all secondary schools in Zanzibar.
Joseph said. "Twenty two regions from Tanzania will be presenting at this years exhibition. What we see here in Zanzibar is amazing. They are putting in place a strategy for all schools to get involved in the competition and present projects at a local level. The best or top 10 projects will be selected to go forward to the national exhibition. This is the model we want to see  for all the regions. The standard will increase rapidly and the schools will be full of confident young scientists. YST wishes Zanzibar the best of luck with this initiative"

The Climate Justice Schools Programme (CJSP)

Jamhuri Partnership
The Irish Ambassador to Tanzania, Ms. Fionnuala Gilsenan at Jamhuri SS
The CJSP Committee

The Climate Justice Schools Programme (CJSP) is an environmental education  programme. It offers a well-defined, structured way for schools to examine environmental issues. The CJSP is run by Ireland & Tanzania Secondary Schools Network (ITSSN) and is being implemented in co-operation with Young Scientists Tanzania (YST).  

Most young people care deeply about environmental issues and wish to make a positive change to the environment around them. The Climate Justice Schools Programme is a student led, action based programme. It offers an ideal way for fostering environmental awareness in entire school communities in a way that links to curriculum subjects. The CJSP endeavours to examine the impacts of Climate Change and develop responsible attitudes and commitment to the environment.

The ITSSN was founded in 2014 by Eleanor Lee, Coláiste Bhríde Carnew, Aileen Tennant,  St. Mary’s Academy, Carlow, Ireland and Joseph Clowry, Director of Young Scientists Tanzania. Our schools work in collaboration with Bethsaida Girls Orphanage School and Jamhuri Secondary School in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

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