Arusha PTA Newsletter – 18 Sep 2022

Arusha Campus PTA Newsletter September 2022

DP Corner

Following the 24 Hour Run, Avinash and Irem in D2, hosted a Model United Nations training session (see image above)  for students from some of the schools invited to attend the MUN conference hosted by UWCEA, Arusha Campus next weekend! The MUN committee has been working hard preparing the conference, which will have 5 different committees running for 2 full days!

The Security Council
The African Union
The World Health Organisation
The Economic and Social Council
The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural committee

The conference will kick off on Friday at 2pm and end on Sunday at 3pm.

Stay tuned!


Model United Nations (MUN)

The UWCEA MUN Executive Committee invites youth 15+ to register for Arusha Campus’ first Model United Nations Conference. Please visit: to register and UWCEA MUN Website for more information.

UWC East Africa student visits New York

This week one of our students, Emmanuel Msoka, was invited to attend the United Nations Transforming Education Summit 2022 in New York.

The Transforming Education Summit is being convened in response to a global crisis in education – one of equity and inclusion, quality and relevance. Often slow and unseen, this crisis is having a devastating impact on the futures of children and youth worldwide. The Summit provides a unique opportunity to elevate education to the top of the global political agenda and to mobilize action, ambition, solidarity and solutions to recover pandemic-related learning losses and sow the seeds to transform education in a rapidly changing world.

Emmanuel will give us a full run down of his exploits at the event in a forthcoming newsletter. In the meantime we are all so very proud of him in his ambassadorial role at this prestigious conference.


In memory of Nice Mawalla

Whilst the 24 hour run was in full swing, our staff football team made the short journey across town to Arusha Meru School to particpate in the Memorial Football Tournament for Nice Mawalla, one of our former students who died tragically three weeks ago. Well done boys for making the semi- finals and losing narrowly on a penalty shootout.

Outdoor Pursuits: Peaks Level 4 Mt Meru

The intrepid Mt Meru hikers negotiate the famous Fig Tree Arch on their way down the mountain (above). 

We did it! We, a group of DP and MYP students from both campuses made it to the top of Mount Meru, the fifth highest mountain on the African continent. The bus left early at 5:45am on Saturday September 3, to head to Meru national park. After some problems with the paperwork and a final nap in the bus, our hike through the stunning landscape could start. Luckily, the steep climbs of the first two days were facilitated by our fascination for the constantly changing environment, the observation of wild animals as well as friendly conversations with teachers and students. Eventually, after having reached the top of little Meru in the afternoon, the final ascent commenced at 11pm on Sunday. The next 6 hours would be a physical and mental struggle, but eventually each and everyone of us was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise on the summit. Having mastered that challenge successfully, we continued our trip down, with a total descent of 3000m in altitude on the same day. The trip was topped off with a shower in a beautiful waterfall and some impressive scenery of giraffe and buffalo herds. Overall, it was an amazing experience that imprinted us in many ways, bringing us closer to ourselves and Tanzania’s natural beauty.

Annabell Lackner, D2

Outdoor Pursuits: Peaks Level 1b North Pare Mountains

The column of hikers in the North Pare mountains (see image above) make their way to camp in this opening episode of their outdoor pursuits journey. Level 1b is the starting level for Diploma students, many of whom have never slept under canvas before. Where better to wake up than in a spot that overlooks the scene pictured below!

Ode to Mt Meru

Breathe: one step at a time. Your lungs fill with the night breeze, your light guides the way, and your friends give you the remaining motivation you need. An inspiring thought emerged from our journey: “One step at a time. You are almost there. Just keep going.” It is impressive how the human body can handle glimpses of what dreamers would call possible.

It was not easy! However, the summit, the memories, the laughs, and the countless reminders of the importance and beauty of nature made every step worth it. I see you every day from our campus, Mt. Meru, but it was nice to meet you in person.

Odette Castillo Pinto, D2