Progress

2015

Please see the Powering Potential blog for recent updates.

2014

Tanzanian Ministry of Education & Google for Education Conference 2014 Prof. Eustella Bhalalusesa, Commissioner of Education; Albin Mathias, Country Director

Dar es Salaam
November 2014

Segal Family Foundation Annual Meeting Arusha
July 2014
Phase 1 implementations at Soit Sambu, Lake Natron and Nainokanoka Secondary Schools in Ngorongoro District.Photo: Soit Sambu Secondary School, Ngorongoro
June 2014

Education Week left to right: Janice Lathen, Founding Executive Director; Hon. Mizengo Pinda, Prime Minister; Albin Mathias, Country Director

Dodoma
May 2014

Pi­oneer installation at Rigicha Secondary SchoolLeft to right: Cosmas Maghashi, TZ Postal Bank; Ghisango Mwita, Rigicha Sec. School

Mugumu, Serengeti
May 2014

Imarisha Education Conference Arusha
February 2014

2013

Phase 2 implementations at Welwel and Florian Secondary Schools

Photo: Welwel Secondary School, Karatu
May 2013

Powering Potential presents to the Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations.

Left to right - Denis Petrov, Steve Wasira, Jr., H. E. Ambassador Ramadhan Mwinyi, Janice Lathen, Modest Mero, Anand Sethupathy, Justin Seruhere, Ph.D.

Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations, New York, NY
May 9, 2013 more photos (scroll down)

2012

Slahhamo-classroom-2012Phase 1 implementations at Slahhamo, Baray and Endallah Secondary Schools.

Photo: Slahhamo Secondary School, Karatu
November 2012

President-Kikwete-Janice-at-State-HousePresident of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and Janice Lathen, Founding Executive DirectorLunch in Honor of Ambassador Maajar's VIP Safari
State House, Dar es Salaam
June 2012
Ambassador Maajar at Powering Potential schoolTanzanian Ambassador to the U.S. Honorable Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar visits a Powering Potential school
Banjika Secondary School, Karatu
June 2012

Rural-Energy-AgencyPowering Potential signs Tanzanian Rural Energy Agency grant contract

Left to right: Janice Lathen, Founding Executive Director, Eng. Bengiel Msofe, Dir. for Tech. Services-REA, Albin Mathias, Country Director

REA Headquarters, Dar es Salaam
June 2012

2011

President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S. Honorable Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar being briefed by Janice Lathen, Founding Executive Director and Walter Minja, Director of ICT

DICOTA convention, Washington D.C.
September 2011

Letter of Support from Ambassador Maajar

In November, Phase 1 of The Technology Tent was completed at Welwel Secondary School and Florian Secondary School. Both schools now have a solar-powered modern computer lab with five PCs and are receiving on-going technology training from graduates of Powering Potential's five-month technology training course.

The U.S. Embassy in Tanzania funded the expansion of the solar energy system at our flagship school, Banjika Secondary School in Karatu. This expansion was completed in May.

Installed 14 more computers at Banjika. The school has 21 computers and is now offering Information and Computer Studies courses to all Form I students (grade 8).

Initiated a five-month technology training course for secondary school graduates. The course is being taught by two Tanzanian teachers, one has a B.S. in Computer Science and the other is a candidate for a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Systems and Network Engineering.

Visited nine more Karatu district schools to determine the sites of our next installations.

The U.S. Embassy in Tanzania invited us to apply for a second grant.

The Tanzanian Rural Energy Agency invited us to apply for a grant.

A front page article about the work of Powering Potential was published in a prominent Tanzanian newspaper - The Daily News.

2010

USAmbassador2U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania
Honorable Alfonso E. LenhardtJustine Joseph, Headmaster – Banjika School
Janice Lathen, Founding Executive DirectorCheck Presentation Ceremony
U.S. Embassy, Dar es Salaam
December 2010

The U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania presented a grant to Powering Potential at a Check Presentation Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

A satellite dish for Internet access was installed at Banjika secondary school in September and the solar energy system was expanded.

Four computers and a printer were installed at a Maasai secondary school in the Monduli district of Tanzania.

Banjika teachers conducted four technology training sessions in March, June, November and December for a total of seven sessions since 2009.

Janice was an honored guest and spoke at Banjika's graduation ceremony.

2009

During the June school holiday, Powering Potential conducted a four-week technology training course. This course provided extensive hands-on experience and fundamental technology knowledge to the Banjika students.

The Banjika teachers taught two more training sessions.

2008

GraduationSpeech_400Janice spent one month in Tanzania managing the installation of a small computer network at Banjika Secondary School.

Janice accepted an invitation from Banjika to be an honored guest and give a speech at the school's first graduation ceremony in September.

She delivered her remarks in Swahili and as she returned to her seat, people rose to shake her hand.

2007

Janice delivered one laptop to Banjika Secondary School and provided one week of technology training to the teachers and students.

A solar energy system was installed at the school to provide electricity for a soon-to-be-delivered computer network.

2006

Powering Potential was conceived during a safari visit to the Banjika Secondary School in Karatu, Tanzania.

After a safari tourist (Janice Lathen) introduced herself in Swahili, the Banjika students burst into excited applause. This passionate, spontaneous response to someone who spoke their language stunned Janice and she was filled with a sense of being deeply appreciated. She decided then to return to Banjika. Her idea was to raise money to buy computers for the school and to volunteer her time teaching the teachers and students how to use them. Then she learned the school had no electricity.