While we have shared best practices and collaborated with many different organizations around the world, our closest partnerships have been with the International Collaborative for Science, Education, and the Environment (ICSEE), the Kiteto District Council (KDC), and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). If you are interested in forming a partnership with the Jifunze Project, please contact our Executive Director, Thomas Oelberger, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

International Collaborative for Science, Education and the Environment (ICSEE)

The ICSEE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was started in 1992 by Robert Lange, a Physics professor at Brandeis University who spent a year teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The ICSEE works in Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the United States to organize, encourage and support projects in a number of fields, including sustainable community development, environmental protection and conservation, and expansion of educational opportunity for traditionally under-served groups. The ICSEE has done a significant amount of work both in Africa and the U.S., including extensive science education projects. in East Africa. The ICSEE provides technical assistance, consulting on program design and development, and training, in addition to serving as a fiscal sponsor for grassroots development projects. Due to our mutual areas of interest, the Jifunze Project began collaborating with the ICSEE in 1999 and we have grown significantly from this partnership, through which we access 501(c)(3) status. For more information on the ICSEE, please visit their web site at: www.the-icsee.org.

Kiteto District Council

The Kiteto District Council (KDC) offices are only a few minutes walk from the CERC in the Bomani area of Kibaya town. The Kiteto District, being the southern most district of the newly established Manyara Region, comes under the auspices of the Regional Government in Babati. The council, which has 14 operating departments, fulfills the usual responsibilities of local government while also collaborating with donors and NGO's (both international and local) who are working in the district's development activities. While we worked closely with almost all of the district's departments when developing the CERC, at this time, the education and manpower management departments are most directly involved with the day to day operations of the CERC.

Voluntary Service Overseas

Jifunze and the Kiteto CERC have benefited greatly from our partnership with VSO which we established in 2004. Through the partnership, VSO has provided a number of highly skilled professionals who have greatly assisted our work in Kiteto. To date the CERC has received volunteers from Kenya, Canada, the Philippines, and the UK with skills which have ranged from Early Leaning Specialists to IT Trainers. Furthermore, by working with VSO and the KDC, we were able to arrange for VSO to continue to provide volunteer support to the CERC even after Jifunze's phase out in 2008. At this time the KDC maintains a partnership with VSO ensuring that the CERC always has the benefit of fresh ideas and expertise from aroundd the world. For more information about VSO please visit: www.vso.org.uk.