Thursday, December 11, 2008


Elikana O. Ngogo

On Dec. 9th, the independence day of Tanzania, Haukipudas Upper Secondary School had a special theme day. The highlight of the day was the visit of our partners: Elikana O. Ngogo, a Tanzanian living in Joensuu, Finland and a group of 13 students from Haapajärvi, Finland, with their teacher Marja Iskanius.

During the day Elikana O. Ngogo visited an English class as well as a history class and the Haapajärvi students went to several classes to tell Haukipudas students about their recent trip to Tanzania. Marja Iskanius went to a biology class to share her knowledge about Africa and Tanzania in particular.

The whole school also spent a lesson listening to lectures given by Mr. Ngogo and Ms. Marja Iskanius. We heard very interesting facts and stories about Tanzania that certainly made us think. We also heard the Haapajärvi students sing the national anthem of Tanzania, in Swahili! The video and photographs shown to us truly took our breath away. I am sure we all would love to travel to Tanzania some day and witness the beauty ourselves.

We want to thank our guests for making our theme day a memorable one. This was one of the many steps we are going to take together.


The national anthem sung by the Haapajärvi students

Marja Iskanius

a gift from Haapajärvi

Haapajärvi students and teachers

-by Anja Moilanen

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