I was particularly pleased to hear news of Rubondo Island National Park in the last issue of the Bulletin because this was the last major initiative of Peter Achard, then Senior Game Warden in the Game Department, before serious illness forced his retirement.
Peter can no longer read, but I am hoping his family will be able to convey to him that work he started still continues.
THE AUTHOR WAS A SHE NOT A HE
I would like to give two comments on the review of my paper ‘The Challenge faced by the Building Materials Industries in Developing Countries in the 1990’s: with special reference to Tanzania’ in the September Bulletin. We seem to share the same views on the future of this sector in the 90s. The point which I disagree with is the suggestion that I tend to confuse “the large scale modern construction sector and the small scale traditional domestic sector’. The classification which is suggested was first introduced in this sector by O’Brien and Turin in the 1960s. They argued that in developing countries there are four separate sectors of construction, viz, ‘International Modern’, ‘National Modern’, ‘National Conversional’ and ‘Traditional’; each of which make different demands upon the building materials industries and is supplied by correspondingly separate building materials sectors. I find this approach quite misleading and untrue. I also wish to let the reviewer know that the author was a ‘she’ not a ‘he’.
Dr. Aida U. Kisanga
The September issue of the Bulletin, included an advertisement by Janus Publishing Co. As a result, my wife got in touch with them regarding a manuscript entitled ‘Juma’s Goat and other stories’. It was accepted and has just been published in time for Christmas. It is a book written for 11- 13 year olds about a fictional Tanzanian school boy who wanted a bicycle more than anything else. His rich uncle could have given him a bicycle, but gave him a goat in order to teach him patience and to learn to start from what is at hand. Ultimately Juma does get a bicycle. The stories have a development moral in them and are also concerned with ecology. It should prove interesting reading to children with African interests.
The meeting for those at Lushoto School from 1942-6, announced in the January Bulletin, duly took place over the weekend of August 22nd in Lugano, Switzerland. It was attended by twenty-six people from England, Kenya and Switzerland, including husbands and wives. Gazing down from a mountain restaurant at the Swiss Alps, Lushotonians fondly remembered mostly happy school days in very different surroundings fifty years ago.
The friendships formed then between very small children far from home and well educated in difficult circumstances, were very strong and have been helped by the reunion of 1989 and the hard work of the Englers of Lugano. We are now all looking forward to the next reunion in Kent in 1993.