TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA
Tanzania has abundant natural and human resources, yet its cultural mindset is embedded in business models that prevent the accomplishment of development strategies.
OUR GENERATIVE FIELD STRATEGY IS DESIGNED TO TRANSFORM A NATIONAL MINDSET SO DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES CAN BE EXQUISITELY IMPLEMENTED.
FROM NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT VISION 2025 (NDV2025)
The mindset of the people of Tanzania and their leader has succumbed to donor dependency and has resulted in an erosion of initiative and lack of ownership of the development agenda.
This condition has not been conducive to addressing the development challenges with dignity, confidence, determination and persistence through hard work and creativity. The educational system has not been structured to counter this deterioration in the ownership of the development agenda and in fostering self-confidence in the determination of the nation's destiny.
The following characteristics have become evident:
External dependence and the erosion of confidence, dignity and determination have demobilized the ability to effectively utilize human, physical and mental capacities to take initiative and to earnestly search for creative options to solve developmental problems. As a result, considerable potential; capabilities in Tanzania have not been effectively marshaled and deployed for development.
The mindset of the leaders and people of Tanzania has neither been supportive of hard work, ingenuity and creativity, nor has it provided a conducive environmental for these attributes to emerge. Thus, there is a high degree of apathy and lack of accountability and self-motivation. Initiative, ingenuity, creativity and innovativeness in society are at a low ebb. Consequently, a culture of admiring "effortless" success has erupted and, with it, productive individual initiative and the spirit of the community development have not taken a positive shape.
The level and quality of education that has been attained has not been adequate to meet the growing development challenges and to enable the search for solutions to the development problems that confront the nation. In particular, education has not adequately and appropriately been geared to integrate the individual into the community. Equally, it also has not been able to innovatively engage Tanzanians in entrepreneurship and self-employment.
You cannot transform the system without transforming the relationship and consciousness of the people in the system.
~ Peter Senge