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Americans Donate Textbooks to OUT

March 17, 2009
U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Officer, Karen Grissette hands over 233 textbooks worth approximately $17,000 to the Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dunstan Shemwetta of the Open University of Tanzania (OUT). (Photo: U.S. Embassy, Dar es Salaam)

U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Officer, Karen Grissette hands over 233 textbooks worth approximately $17,000 to the Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dunstan Shemwetta of the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) on Friday, March 13.

U.S. Embassy Organizes Book Donation from Bryant University Faculty and Students

The U.S. Embassy, Dar es Salaam provided 233 textbooks worth approximately $17,000 to the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) on Friday, March 13. The books were collected and donated by the faculty, staff, and students of Bryant University in Rhode Island, USA.

The contribution was organized by Professor Alex Perullo, a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania, who is now Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at Bryant University. Building on partnerships he cultivated while living in Tanzania, Perullo encouraged his colleagues and students to donate their textbooks to the library of OUT, as well as to provide funds for shipping the books.

“With this generous presentation of textbooks, we hope to renew the enduring ties between your esteemed institution and the American people,” said U.S. Public Diplomacy Officer, Karen Grissette while handing over the consignment of books to the OUT Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dunstan Shemwetta.

Prof. Shemwetta expressed his profound appreciation, on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, faculty, staff and students of the OUT, for the generous donation of hundreds of books to their library by the faculty, staff, and students of Bryant University. “This is a positive contribution to enhanced access to knowledge by the community of the OUT,” noted Prof. Shemwetta.

Grissette and Shemwetta agreed on the need to further enhance the partnership that exists between the OUT faculty, Bryant University and the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam. This could include increased collaborations in the embassy’s existing programs and other educational exchanges.

The handing over of the books took place at OUT’s main library in Biafra, Kinondoni. Witnessing the event were members of the OUT administration, faculty, librarians, and students, who applauded the donation and eagerly welcomed future engagement with Bryant University.

Professor Perullo remarked from Rhode Island on expanding the partnership between the two institutions: “There is a great deal of interest from the students of Bryant University in making these projects work in Tanzania.”