I am a Tanzanian girl graduates at the University of Dar es Salaam taking B.A in Sociology and Philosophy. After graduating I joined Young Environmentalist Trainees (YETs) sponsored by WWF, Tanzania Country office. The program aims at training fresh Tanzanian graduates from different universities attached to different civil society organizations dealing with conservation of natural resources.
Although I had some knowledge and skills on project management, community stay, assessment of community resources, the program has sharpened my skills on how to intervene and mobilise community, this is evidence when I managed to use the skills gained, as my host organization EMnNet assigned me some activities including mobilising and training the community about conserving Pugu and Kazimzumbwi forest reserve while implementing the REDD (Reduced Emission for Deforestation and Degradation) project at Kisarawe.
On the other hand, I have been writing good and quality article and report, this can be approved by different progressive report submitted to my host organisation and WWF authority.
In addition, through speech making skills, I have been confidently doing animation and recap in different staff meeting and workshops. A vivid example can be drawn from the Journalist’s training course on the forest and fishing policy and laws organised by EMNet as I was the one doing the recap every day. Moreover I got more skills and knowledge on writing proposal which I started working on it.
I am not only expecting to keep the courage of being change agent in whatever I do but also to be a good leader who is ready to face challenges and find out a remarkable solution. Moreover I will make sure to maintain the spirit of having a positive attitude and hardworking as I already learnt from the training.
Honestly basing on a YETs program including different trainings, I have acquired more knowledge and skills which will enable me to be more practical and realistic. I also thank MS-TCDC authority, particularly Madame Delphine Mugisha and her team for making sure that we are able to fulfil our goal and objectives of being a change agent. Moreover I would like to give special thanks to Victoria Maeda for coordinating us for the whole training period. Last but not least I warmly thank my fellow YETs for their commitment and cooperation on group assignments and discussions. I recognize that, the presence of my fellow YETs gave me courage and strength of looking forward always.
Name: LINA JAMES
2011 Young Environmentalist Trainee from EMNet-Dar Es Salaam