International Education Week 2012
Social Work Without Borders: “Place, Space and Pace: Their Influence on Research in Tanzania”
Learn how a multi-disciplined, multi-dimensional research project is working with a community partner to improve the education, economy, health and infrastructure in northwest Tanzania. The Buffalo Tanzania Education project (BTEP) began in 2009, when members from UB's President's office, School of Architecture and Planning, Graduate School of Education and School of Social Work along with members of the Buffalo community traveled to the Mara region and began collaborating with the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa (IHSA). While the work initially focused on building a secondary schools for girls, it has expanded to include opening a health clinic, an early childhood education center and a playground, and purchasing brick-making machines, solar cookers and a deep water well. Collaborative partners have also expanded to include Rotary International and Solar Liberty Foundation, faculty from Buffalo State College and Empire State College, and UB Schools of Dental Medicine, Law, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Public Health and Health Professions. Efforts are currently underway to establish a study abroad program that would further student involvement beyond education, law and social work. Critical influences on this project have been the role and meaning of place in regards to its isolation, space in regards to cultural differences and finally pace in regards to a community-based research agenda. Find out how researchers adapt to these influences and the opportunities they present for your involvement.