As a senior lecturer Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMU), I am delighted to see how students have transform the theories that we are teaching them in class into practice. To me this is the essence of real learning.
The curriculum at KCMC is “community-oriented.” We believe that the health of individuals are deeply tied to the dynamics of community life. Therefore during the first two years of medical school, students work closely with existing village health committees in selected villages. Our students visit these village committees once per week in order to learn the needs of the community as well as the best way to support their efforts to grow and prosper. It is in this context that four proactive medical students saw education of even the poorest children as central to the dynamics of healthy communities. They organized to form a non-government organization called “Shine a Light” which aims to help children who are less fortunate (orphans, street children etc) achieve their dreams, have a chance at life, and a bright future through caring for their education needs.
I therefore encourage you to visit this website and support this group of dedicated students to make a change in the communities they have come to know so well. In this way you can help to prepare tomorrow’s doctors to face the toughest challenges Tanzanian communities are facing today.