The project aims at educating and raising public awareness on the biodiversity at quarries into being not only educative but also exciting and memorable to students and the community. The project will use the case of Wazo Hill Quarry, in Tanzania.

With targets of improving the quarry environment to make it more attractive and interesting for academic study tours, and also for students and their teachers to be more engaged and raise their interest in Biodiversity. It will also promote students participation in shaping and increasing the biodiversity in the Quarry by introducing a new adaptable specie and tree planting.

The project also aims at promoting innovation by linking green-energy technology and biodiversity which will boost creativity in students. 

To ensure the sustainability of the existing rehabilitation area projects in the Quarry by conducting biodiversity mapping, providing educational materials and documentaries, preserving species and showcasing the existing quarry’s biodiversity (museum), and networking/collaborating with other environmental activists/stakeholders.

 

Lets share the cake.

A little congratulations to us all. For the hard work we have put into these few months.

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30Sep

I saw you on TV

This Security guard from TPCC was so excited to show me the recording he made of the interview i had with the media news last night. He said "I couldnt believe it, I told my wife I see you weekly at TPCC and I work with her" Again the power of media, when we first got interviewed about the QLA even the TPCC staff started stoping us on our way to the miseum to ask us of the progress and when will it be ready, how did we come up with the idea. The Biodiversity awareness we embarked even on the...

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30Sep

Behind the scene

We would like to thank the QLA 3rd Edition, thank you for preparing this competition. We have learnt so much in this short period of time, team work, project management, BIODIVERSITY in deep and much more. We also want to thank our viewers and media support for the campaigns and promotions. This are few of the picture for behind the scene please enjoy. Congratulations to all participants of the QLA 3rd edition and best of luck on all the awards.... Hip hip hurray!!!!!

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30Sep

A little shout out once again

To this talented young lady. A short series of the Biodiversity drwaing she has made and how the process is. Biodiversity paintings and craft. Remember our special prize winner

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30Sep

We didn't forget the teachers

For their devoted cooperation and support in arranging the competition and participation. Each teacher received a certificate and each school was able to get a picture of the students during the quarry visit.

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30Sep

All participants Time

All the participants to the competition also received certificated of participation, not to forget the sweets too.

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30Sep

Group Photo With the winners and teachers

Long last everyone is happy!!! Cheers

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30Sep

Special Prize Winner

I would first like all you, wherever you are to give this young lady a round of applause. She has a beautiful talent, her pictures could be auctioned anywhere. She draws her pictures on cardboard that she collects from carpenters trash bins near her home place, she starts out by cleaning and shaping her board then drawing using a fine pencil then starts coloring the pieces and finally sets them on the sun to dry. She has been selling this pictures and using the money to help buy school...

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30Sep

Biodiversity Play

The students prepared a short biodiversity play which they presented on the awards day. This was their thank you for the experience they got, the play was about imitating different species of animals and plants. Students would come up front one by one and talk about the uniqueness of a specific specie (snake, birds, soil, trees) and say why it is important in our environment. This was very moving for us, we were happy the students are now aware of Biodiversity and its importance.

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30Sep

Essay Winner

We still had more prizes to give away, so we awarded the best essay to this young lady. Her story about biodiversity was amazing, she was able to express it as though she was the environment that needed the flora and fauna to come back and be her friends again. Talents from this students is intensely amazing.

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30Sep

1st Prize Winner

Goes to this young man, who was able to amaze us with his endless talents, he made four A3 pictures of biodiversity at the quarry. He can aslo imitate animal sounds so perfectly, we have surely discovered alot of talented young people during this process. Prizes: Gold medal, Certificate, T-Shirt and Tsh 20,000/=

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30Sep

2nd Winner Prize

The winner was to inspire us alot I would say, she drew a very simple drawing. But she went ahead and accessorised it by gluing it on a box then used a waste plastic bag handle on the top and some waste wires to tie it up. She taught us that waste can look beautiful once again. Prize: Silver Medal, Certificate, T-shirt and Tsh15,000/=

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30Sep

Third Prize Winner

Goes to this primary student who drew an interesting picture with colors of biodiversity found in the Quarry. She was awarded, with a copper medal, a T-shirt with all our stakeholders logos, a Certificate and Tsh 10,000/=. The smile says it all.....

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30Sep

Prizez for the Winners

Its that time all the students were waiting for, the awards time for the Drawings and Essays Competition. It was a very hard time to decide the winners for the drawing where excellent and the essays just perfect. We were both impressed with their talenys and engagement. A total of 37 students participated on the competition from the three schools that also participated the Biodiversity Awereness program.

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30Sep

Tree planting session

As one of our project activities, tree planting and studing seedlings was inclusive. With the help of Students Volunteers from the University of Dar es salaam who joined us for this session we where able to study a variety of seedlings and plant more than 20 trees on the day. Shoutout to UVIKIUTA who assisted us in coordinating the program for the day.

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30Sep

Final National Jury Visit

This was the final visit by the National Jury, we had the honors of having Dr Flora, Eng Magoda and Eng Leonard. We were able to elaborate our project process from the beginning to the end, a beautiful journey where we have learnt so much. TPCC have well acknowledged our project and promised to ensure that the project will be expanded and sustained after the QLA 3rd Edition. With this we find great honor to have participated and added great value to them and the community as whole.

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30Sep

Another Visit

This was our last visit, and very much exciting too. With a diversified group of 20 people, including the TPCC staff, Volunteers from Korea, Canada and Europe together with a women group dealing with tree planting. The diversity of this group made the visit a whole more interesting, we where able to explain the importance of biodiversity and focuses on the Fauna which is mostly dependent on the flora. One of the major aspect we discovered was that most of them perceived the word biodiversity...

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30Sep

International Jury Visit

We where honored to be visited by our QLA International Jury from Ghana, who was accompanied by the National Jury from Tanzania. They were able to see our project progress of which we where on the last phase of implementation. Their comments and inputs where helpful in improving our project and ensuring its sustainability.

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30Sep

Group Photo

It's mine and your responsibility to promote biodiversity awareness and conserve it for the future generation. Let's do it together! The students were very happy about the visit and the whole program, they also assured us of a great participation in the Drawing and Essay Writing competition. Words of thanks once again to all the stakeholders who were involved in making the quarry tour a success!

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29Sep

Biodiversity Awareness Findings

The graph reveals an increase in the level of biodiversity awareness in students. The Pre-questionnaires show an average of 30.7% level of biodiversity awareness while the Post-questionnaires show an average of 84.5% level of biodiversity awareness. Thus using the above findings it shows that the project was a success in raising biodiversity awareness in schools.

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29Sep

Post Biodiversity Awareness Questionnaire and Evaluation form

Do you remember the Pre-biodiversity awareness questionnaire that we gave the students at the first day we visited their school? At that time they barely knew what the word biodiversity means and the questionnaires were returned to us with lots of blank spaces. It's time to check if they can answer those questions now!! Amazing how they were asking for extra answer sheets, the students and the teachers both agreed that it was a great experience and they now understand Biodiversity with hands-...

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29Sep

The view at the Picnic Area

After a long journey at the quarry this is the spot to cool off from the hot sun and enjoy the view of the neighboring villages and the Indian ocean. While relaxing at the Picnic area you could also enjoy to see the vervet monkeys' games as they climb up and down and play around the trees surrounding the picnic area. Some of the students were able to spot their schools and homes all the way from here.

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29Sep

Solar Biodiversity Toys

Time to mix biodiversity and technology, the students were fascinated with these toys. We went outside at an open area with clear exposure to the sun, we then gave them the toys and asked them to tell us what was performed by each toy. Answers: 1. Frog- lights up a small bulb on its mouth and it sings!! 2. Flower- Rotates and opens its petals at the same time!! 3. Parrot- Vibrates and does the to and fro movement!! The aim was to elaborate other applications of quarries being used as solar...

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29Sep

Inside the Biodiversity Museum

The students were able to see more animals, insects, fish, snakes and birds which they had not seen during their walk in the quarry. The students were also amused to see and identify different sites of the quarry through the photographs on the Posters in the Museum. A hot and intense discussion followed as we elaborated how the process of developing the museum, how to catch different species, the studies performed and all the challenges we faced. They were very open at giving us more ideas and...

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29Sep

What have you seen?

After the trip to the quarry and rehabilitation area, we sat down and discussed what we had seen so far. This is what they mentioned: big machines, dust everywhere, people wearing PPEs, rocks, quarrying activities, a garage, ponds, many baobab trees, small forest area, animals, fish, flowers, insects and tree seedlings etc. The aim of this discussion was to show them that they haven't seen everything yet, there are some animals and trees that were not at their visibility and so this is why we...

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29Sep

Biodiversity Educational Materials for Quarry Tour

Each student was provided with a Quarry biodiversity document, which included a number of things inside; a list of the types of flora and fauna currently present in the quarry, pictures of existing biodiversity and a list of activities done to restore nature at the quarry. This document in form of a small booklet was given to the students to serve as their reference material and a memory of their quarry visit. The students were also glad to be given the booklets to take home and share the...

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28Sep

Safety Induction session

The TPCC Safety Instructor was able to teach the students a lot about safety at the quarry-mine. The main points included: how to protect themselves and others while they are in the quarry, types of common hazards in the quarry, how to read the safety signs, types of dangers and restricted areas in the quarry, how to understand sound alarms, levels to reduce hazards, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), traffic management and a caution to preserve environment at the quarry. One of the...

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28Sep

Three different schools in one place.

Similar to a bootcamp, we choose three different schools to participate in the Biodiversity awareness campaign to first diversify the impact on the schools and students for they also shared their experience with their friends and family. Second is to boost their competence to think further and interact with one another to share their own different experience from their schools. Picture location: Safety Department Induction room TPCC

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26Sep

The Journey Began

As we started our walk into the quarry Industrial area heading to the safety induction office, the students were directed to follow the pathways/walkways painted with white footprints, this is security and safety formalities for all pedestrians at TPCC. The students were quite amazed with all the footprints, to see workers and other pedestrians dressed in required safety gears and seeing how organized people were!

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26Sep

Biodiversity Awareness Documentary

After all the lectures and campaigns at schools, it's time for the students to take a visit to the quarry and have the feeling, experience and finally see the Biodiversity Museum. We are greatly honored that our project has been acknowledged by various Environmental organizations and institutions in the country and furthermore it has been presented to the Vice President Office's Environment department, as a way forward to enhance biodiversity awareness and enforcement in schools.

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26Sep

Evaluation Questionnaire of the Biodiversity Awareness session

We wrapped up the session by handing the students, teachers and stakeholders an evaluation questionnaire to examine how they enjoyed it, advice and comments on the biodiversity awareness lecture, teaching material and form of organizing the event.This Questionnaire was in English and Swahili to allow easy answering of the questions. We finally invited them to the Quarry for the experience they learnt on the day. Afterwards we had a question and answer time and a representative from each school...

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15Sep

Hosting the drawing and essay writing competition

We organized this sub competition project so as to raise awareness and interest on biodiversity to students, motivate them to appreciate biodiversity and take action on its conservation. The students were given instructions about the competition and the awards to be given to the top 3 winners. Each school representative was given a poster of the competition's advert to post it on their main school notice board and one was posted at the quarry cafeteria area.

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15Sep

Introduction to the Quarry Life Award

Time to tell the students about the quarry life awards in general, the organizers and how we learnt of the competition and decided to participate as a teacher (Eng Juliana) and a student (Diana) in a joint venture. This not only amazed them but inspired them to participate in the competition in the future. Finally they where welcomed to visit the Biodiversity Museum and see for themselves how lovely the quarry can really be.

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08Sep

Biodiversity Awareness HOMEWORK

A little something to make them think further and see how diverse biodiversity is.

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08Sep

Quiz 2-Biodiversity Lecture

Students engagement through quizzes made it fun and entertaining. The second quiz was to check on the perception and how we normally look at things from one angle. We gave the students a paper drawing of an old lady and each one was asked to look at it then turn the paper upside down A BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS appeared. The classroom was filled with excitement and laughter when they saw the turnover, the students started again to turn the paper up side down over and over (Game).

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23Aug

Biodiversity lecture (32 slides)

The biodiversity lecture was structured into 3 main sections 1-Meaning and definition of biodiversity (what, why & how) 2-Why biodiversity is important 3-How we can conserve\improve biodiversity. At each section there where practical examples to better elaborate the importance of biodiversity to students. Thereafter the lecture linked to introduce the students to TPCC and Cement production and also why Cement is important for construction. We rapped up with a two quizzes to engage and...

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22Aug

Biodiversity Awareness Campaign-Baseline questionnaire (School students)

We started off with the baseline questionnaire on what is biodiversity, we headed them out to every student and the teacher. The aim of this questionnaire was first to understand what the currently know about biodiversity and what and to later analyse the level of awareness we have raised after completing the lecture and the quarry tour. The same Questionnaire would once again be handed to them at the end. guided them through the questionnaire one question after the other. The questionnaire...

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22Aug

Biodiversity Awareness Campaign

The awareness campaign started just after completion of biodiversity teaching materials and the Biodiversity Museum. We had a class of 23 students from three different schools near the Quarry (a mixture of primary and secondary students), one teacher and our stakeholder from the Jane Goodall's roots and shoot. Following after would be the students site visit to experience what they learnt in class. Watch out for students activity photos soon.

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12Aug

Their expressions says it all

We had the honor of receiving our first viewers of the Biodiversity Museum, though on final touched. This kindergarten school kids where amazed and excited with everything, the questions where flowing in all directions. This was part of our fellow participant of the QLA project and we are happy she was able to share our Biodiversity Museum project with her school kids.

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12Aug

Posters

Designing the signs for all the three areas in the quarry that our project covers. 1. Biodiversity Museum 2. Picnic Area 3. Oldest Baobab Tree. We can design too.

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12Aug

Preparing the power points for teaching

Yes, yes, its time to take you back to class. With the aim of making this short biodiversity lecture educational and entertaining, we stretched out to include various games and quizzes in between to spice it up more.

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12Aug

Birds catching using Mist Nets

This was fun, i now know how to catch a bird. Birds captured include the Zanzibar Somber Greenbul, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Common Bulbul, Vitelline Masked Weaver, House sparrow and more. Bird trapping techniques to capture wild birds include a wide range of techniques that have their origins in the hunting of birds for food. This trapping technique capture birds without harming them and are of use in our research and display in the Biodiversity Museum. Bird trapping was formerly unregulated,...

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10Aug

Angry Bird !!!

He shall looks angry alright, keep away!!! Biodiversity Museum upgrading Family name: Pycnonotidae Scientific name: Pycnonotus barbatus Common name: Common Bulbul

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10Aug

Red Beak !!!!!!!!

Family name: Alcedinidae Scientific name: Halcyon albiventris Common name: Brown-hooded kingfisher Swahili common name: Ndege Biodiversity Museum upgrading more

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10Aug

Lizard- Biodiversity Museum

Common name: Mozambique Agama Scientific name: Agama mossambica Swahili name: Mjusi

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04Aug

Monkeys doing back flips

These monkeys can actually make you laugh for an hour, they quarrel and play at the same time. They can pull up a really great show alright. Don't try this at home.

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04Aug

National Jury presentation

As we progress with the QLA, National Jury was able to visit us to see what we have been doing and where we are at the moment. We where able to present the following activities that we conducted; 1. Pre-documentary of the Quarry and our project activities-ON GOING 2. Setting up the biodiversity information desk and museum-ON GOING 3. Biodiversity mapping and species preservation-COMPLETE 4. Design and development of biodiversity solar toys-COMPLETE 5. Preparation of recreation/picnic area-ON...

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04Aug

The Speckled Green snake-Biodiversity Museum

Scientific name: Philothamnus punctatus Common name: Speckled Green snake Swahili name: Nyoka wa kijani

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02Aug

Full safety gears ON.

Helmet-ON Boots-ON Reflector-ON Glasses- IN HAND Air mask- IN HAND Smile- ON

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26Jul

Yellow-Throated Plated Lizard

Another specie captured and preserved for the Quarry Museum. The Museum is getting full!!! Habitation and distribution: in woodland, high grassland, moist and dry savanna and coastal bush, from sea level to about 2000m altitude. Widespread in North-eastern Tanzania, including the coastal strip.

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26Jul

The Red-banded Rubber Frog (GRIIBIIIII)

Common Name: Banded rubber frog Swahili name: Chura Scientific Name: Phrynomantis bifasciatus Class: Amphibia Order: Anura Family:Microhylidae

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26Jul

Teaching and learning at the same time. (Fish farming)

Training on Fish Farming held at the Quarry Rehabilitation area.

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16Jul

Butterflies

Preserved butterflies species

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10Jul

Biodiversity Solar toy

Linking innovation, technology and biodiversity

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10Jul

Volunteers at work!!!!

Painting and re-modeling the Quarry Biodiversity Museum

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08Jul

In action

Butterflies search and catching using a net

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06Jul

The world of insects

Continuation of the Insects photo gallery-Wazo hill (Twiga cement)

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06Jul

Catch that butterfly

Its time to chase a few butterflies. FUN!!

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05Jul

The road to the enchanted forest

Quarry rehabilitation area-Photo Gallery making

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05Jul

Photo Galla for insects

Its time to make the Insects album

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03Jul

The beautiful pond

This is the pond in the rehabilitation area that is used by most animals in the quarry.

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03Jul

Sleeping Karunguyeye (Hedgehog)

Small yet very cute. He woke up and almost made me drop him. The famous karunguyeye (Swahili name) is back in the quarry rehabilitation area, and we where lucky to meet him on this day.

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02Jul

Catch him if you can.

Running karunguyeye

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02Jul

Incentives to promote the Quarry life awards 2016

Remember to follow up on our project!!

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28Jun

Walk---left---right--left----right---- follow the path

Renovating the Quarry Biodiversity Museum. Part two

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28Jun

Painting day.

Renovation of the Biodiversity Museum room. Part One

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26Jun

Planning and creating the Rehabilitation Picnic Area

The recreational area, lets sit and enjoy the view

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11Jun

EDUCATIONAL, INNOVATIVE AND ENTERTAINING BIODIVERSITY QUARRY TOUR

Preliminary Site visit to access the most attractive educational spots in the quarry- Twiga Cement (Tanzania)

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06May
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