Aimee and Mark Bessire: “Africa Schoolhouse: Shaping Education Literally and Metaphorically in Tanzania”

Aimee Bessire, visiting associate professor of art and visual culture at Bates College, and Mark Bessire, director at the Portland Museum of Art, discuss the founding of Africa Schoolhouse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing quality education to rural villages in Northern Tanzania, and the impact of African art in the United States.

They spoke on campus, joined by architects Pamela W. Hawkes and T. Scott Teas, of Scattergood Design, who have worked with the Bessires on the construction of the first girls’ boarding school in rural Misungwi District, providing a safe educational environment through sustainable architecture.

Their talk was presented in conjunction the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

2 thoughts on “Aimee and Mark Bessire: “Africa Schoolhouse: Shaping Education Literally and Metaphorically in Tanzania”

  1. Dear Rebbeca Goldfine,
    I read/hear you about the African Schoolhouse Project. As a teacher and journalist I want to dedicate the rest of my life on education specifically on projects like that of Misungwi. I need to write about this project and others of similar nature aimed at improving schooling standards in Tanzania.

    We may get in touch, Rebecca.

    Regards,

    Faustine Rwambali,
    Editor,
    Sahara Media Group Ltd,
    Mwanza
    Tanzania

  2. I appreciate the work of dr.aimee, am dickson kawovela a teacher at mwaniko secondary school misungwi mwanza Tanzania

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