Arusha Campus News – 30 Oct 2022

Arusha Campus Newsletter Sunday 30th October 2022

The triathlon awards ceremony took place yesterday in very warm conditions!


Whilst the triathlon was in full swing here in Arusha, there was a football tournament on Moshi Campus. Our U19 Boys made the bus journey and came back with a victory over fond rivals Moshi Campus – plenty to cheer about on the drive home. Well done Rhinos!

Dear Parents

The older students at the Triathlon kept the little ones occupied through face painting, fun games and even a hilarious piggy back race!

Yesterday was a day of dust, sweat and gears as the campus braced itself for the 8th annual Rotary Triathlon. The first race started at 7am and the last of the tidying up crew left at 8.30pm so a long day in high temperatures. Many of us at Arusha Campus serve as Rotarians here and the Triathlon has become a valuable fundraiser for our club. Yesterday was a fabulous fundraising success so I would like to thank the whole community as well as our sponsors for making the day so successful. Great team effort and now we can look at the projects in Arusha that we can support with these funds.

The day before the triathlon was Hallowe’en and the PTA did an amazing job converting the Perfromance Area into a haunted house and themed discotheque! It was spectacular in the extreme. (See image below).

Have a restful Sunday.


Our Champion!

Most of you know the young man pictured above already – but if you don’t – meet Gasper who is our Champion of the week if not year!

Gasper has been to Dubai this week to play in the Dubai Bowl which is a prestigious international tennis tiournament for students under 16. Gasper did amazingly and was only finally defeated at the quarter final stage! Well done buddy, we are so proud of you!

PYP News

The scary faces of Primary Hallowe’eners!

Celebrating Festivals and Traditions.

An important part of our PYP learning is internationalism. We encourage all students to be open minded towards others’ religions, traditions and values. This week we have celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Diwali honours the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The lights and lamps are said to help Lakshmi find her way into peoples’ homes, bringing prosperity in the year to come.
The PTA organised a Halloween party for the PYP. Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
Have fun with your celebrations!


From the MYP

We are back to our routine after a well-deserved break. Walking around our secondary campus, you would have seen the M1 students chatting away and eager to reach their next lesson well before it officially starts. The M2 boys could be found looking up to the tallest trees on campus, trying to get yet another football down. As always, the basketball court was where students of all ages gathered to shoot and dribble during break and lunchtimes. Our classrooms and hallways are filled with a buzz of excitement and noise and students are ready to tackle Q2!

On Thursday 27 October at 8am, we welcome M4-5 parents to an information session about accessing the Diploma Programme, our UWCEA high school diploma and an introduction to post-secondary options. This meeting will be led by Ms Nathalie (DP coordinator) and Ms Cassandra (College & career counsellor) and will take place in the Library Annexe, karibuni!


UWCEA Arusha Campus will host its 3rd Arusha Open Debate Tournament on November 5-6! We welcome all high school students around Tanzania to register until October 31. If you would like to take part in the tournament or get further information, feel free to reach out to İrem’s email address

İrem Tuana Çiftçi

DP Corner

After a well deserved October break, the D2 students are laboring away this quarter to meet various deadlines.The D1 students have been navigating between the demands of each of their DP courses, making the last subject changes to find the perfect balance between their abilities and the requirements of a potential future career. Students are no longer able to change subjects, unless the move is recommended by the teacher. However, there is still flexibility to move between standard and higher level within a subject.

Before the October break, our campus hosted a Model United Nations (MUN) conference, which was a great success, thanks to a very dynamic MUN committee created by Olivia, Irem and Avinash in D2. Well done to them and a huge thank you to Mr Takeh Sendze, our Opening Ceremony guest speaker, who came to share his experience as a Legal Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor in the United Nations with our students. Here are some comments from members of the MUN committee:

We would have never believed that this conference would become such a success during the planning stages 6 months ago. Over the course of this past weekend, we were able to experience many delightful youths from around Tanzania participating in our campus’ first UWC East Africa Model United Nations Conference! Many thoughtful debates, negotiations and resolutions took place, all under the theme of UWC Day: ‘Peace Begins With Us.’ A big thank you to everyone who helped us work towards making this vision a significant success and soon to be an annual event as our legacy project!

Olivia Sayani, D2 and Irem Ciftci, D2
Co-Secretary Generals

“Chairing the WHO was so much fun! Alongside my co-chair Aika from Moshi campus, we were able to collaborate together to make this beginners committee a success. We were given the topic of global health inequity with special emphasis on pharmaceutical production. From logistics control to foreign policy making, it was amazing to hear these resolutions come to life. As chairs, we were very impressed by the delegates’ critical thinking, interactivity, and collaborative skills, considering that this was their first time doing MUN. Overall, this was such an amazing experience and I can’t wait for next year’s UWCEA MUN!”

Ranaa, D1
Chair of the World Health Organisation committee

A few weeks ago, UWCEA Arusha Campus hosted its first Model United Conference and it was a massive success! Not only did delegates have an opportunity to socialize with change-oriented students from across the Arusha region, but they also discussed pertinent global issues and proposed specific solutions. In the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), seven delegates discussed the situation in Ukraine and successfully negotiated a withdrawal of Russian troops from the Eastern Regions. The African Union (AU) addressed the need for mechanisms towards democratization with special emphasis on military coups. Having observed this committee, I was really impressed at the dialogue concerning international accountability systems and whether they should be at the regional or continental level. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) analyzed ‘Big-Tech’ giants and touched on the need for anti–trust regulation in developing nations. The Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) looked at the state of refugee camps. Some delegates recognized the hypocrisy of the European Union on this issue while others pointed out the need for the protection of refugee pathways. In the World Health Organization (WHO), delegates outlined the issues surrounding health inequality and discussed public-private partnerships to increase pharmaceutical production in the Global South. MUN is often seen by many as a fancy dress party at the Hilton, but as exhibited by our conference hosted at our humble Arusha campus, it is an important forum for the youth to debate global issues. As the Head of Academics, I was blown away at the dedication of the delegates to the conference and the countless hours of preparation by the chairs. Thank you!

Avinash Van Dort
Head of Academics

This quarter, some Diploma students (pictured above) also had the opportunity to visit the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in Arusha, to watch Felicien Kabuga’s Trial live from the Hague. Sarah Alfonso in D1 wrote about the experience below:

We were kindly invited to watch the trial of Felicien Kabuga at the IRMCT in Arusha, which was transmitted live from the IRMCT branch at the Hague, Netherlands. Felicien Kabuga is charged with genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, and persecution on political grounds, extermination, and murder as crimes against humanity, committed in Rwanda in 1994.
(…) The day we went to watch the trial, a former Human Rights activist in Rwanda, Monique Mujawamariya, was the key witness being questioned both by the Prosecution and the Defense. Personally this has made a huge impact on me. I believe this witness to be an inspiration because she is brave, and watching her in the courtroom can inspire everyone to be truthful and to fight for justice. It was an amazing experience for us who went and I don’t regret having missed class lessons because we did learn incredible lessons from this trial.

Sarah Alfonso , D1

Counselor’s Corner

Investing in the Future

The way we use our time is often associated with how we use money, and the investments we make now can pay huge dividends in the future. Whether it is through establishing excellent time management strategies, or taking the time to learn about scholarships, we all benefit from being strategic in the way we use time and money. One way we have encouraged students to do this in relation to their college and career aspirations is to start early researching options and engaging in activities that build skills for their potential future endeavors. D1s and D2s are encouraged to learn about themselves, their interests, and their post secondary pursuits in order to make solid decisions. For D2s time is not on their side as much with November deadlines quickly approaching, but there is no time like the present to make the most of the resources available to help with their decision making process.

To that end, we hope that parents and families will continue to be a part of their child’s future planning by participating in events to learn as much as you can to help them during this critical time in their lives. Please consider joining a virtual event on Thursday for our community about preparing for the financial aid responsibilities and possibilities that exist in the United States.

Topic: Financial Aid in the US (with Jon Lund of Luther College)
Time: Nov 3, 2022 7:30 PM EAT

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 955 3761 1750
Passcode: 086108

UPCOMING College and University Events

30 October: 1:30 PM EAT George Washington University, Trinity College, and University of Rochester on Arusha Campus (SUNDAY event)
30 October: 2:00-6:00 PM EAT Virtually Orange: Discover the Netherlands virtual university fair –
3 November: 7:30 PM EAT Financial Planning for US Presentation for Parents
8 November: 3:00 PM EAT Bennington College on Arusha campus (Art studio)
10 November: 7:30PM EAT Lake Forest College (virtual)

Thank you for your consideration of these events and more to come!

Cassandra Ford
College and Career Counselor