Mentoring Course June 2019

“Mentor, mentor, mentor!” the teachers chanted and sang as they lifted Manase high onto their shoulders and danced around the classroom, laughing and cheering! This was the finale to a 2-week mentor training course run at The Joshua Foundation last week.

The 2 weeks were full of action – brainstorming, sharing ideas, practising skills – and throughout, paradigms being exposed, challenged and adjusted. What is a mentor anyway? How does a mentor relate to his/her mentee? What are the skills of mentoring? Why do we use a mentoring model?

This was Manase’s first time to teach a mentoring course. He was trained himself five years ago. Now, with four years of experience under his belt, he was in a strong position to deliver the course to his fellow Tanzanians. Using Swahili and local examples and models, he excelled in his role as a trainer and motivator. There were 16 government-school teachers as well as a variety of private school teachers and 11 of our own Joshua-school teachers in attendance – a total of 36.

This was Manase’s first time to teach a mentoring course. He was trained himself five years ago. Now, with four years of experience under his belt, he was in a strong position to deliver the course to his fellow Tanzanians. Using Swahili and local examples and models, he excelled in his role as a trainer and motivator. There were 16 government-school teachers as well as a variety of private school teachers and 11 of our own Joshua-school teachers in attendance – a total of 36.

For those of us who have been the expat mentors in Joshua schools and college, to see Manase taking on this training role was a real thrill. Tanzanians training and mentoring Tanzanians is one of our goals.

Genesis 1:27 tells us to be fruitful and multiply. This is a very real outworking of this verse, and we know the unfolding of God’s plan for the remaining parts of this verse is just a matter of time.