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April 1, 2023
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
International School Of Tanganyika
Secondary Campus

Event Schedule

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Trailer 2023


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Greetings, My name is Blair Peterson and I am the Secondary Principal here at The International School of Tanganyika. I love being part of this learning community. An inclusive community that welcomes a diverse group of learners. Along with my formal role and duties, I am a wannabe designer and novice ally and advocate for autistic individuals. Personally, I love mountain biking the dirt roads of Goba hills and kayaking off the coast of Masaki.

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My name is Gervaz Lushaju, I am among other things a photographer, currently working at the International School Tanganyika. I am particularly curious about all the ways we use to form an image of ourselves internally as well as how we believe we are perceived by the outside world. As part of my TedX talk I hope to explore the role that photography and the increased accessibility of cameras has affected our self perception and perhaps attempt to inspire a little introspection in the people we are and the way we want to be seen.

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My name is Annah Nkyalu. A figurative visual artist using ballpoint pen based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. To me, art is a miracle, a passion and career. For this year's TEDx talk I will be addressing the issue of being different, something I believe everyone should dare to do.

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Hi I am James Juma, founder of Dar Tutors - a leading personalized home tutoring service, I am passionate about teaching and find creativity and dedication to be the most valuable qualities for success. I am currently working at Dar es Salaam International Academy as a DP and MYP mathematics Teacher.

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My name is Hassan G. Dewji [IST Class of 2000], and I am the HR Director of MeTL Group, leading a team of almost 100 HR professionals, as well as a practicing ICF Certified Coach, specializing in HR, careers and personal growth/productivity. I have always been passionate about guiding others towards meeting their full potential, as well as supporting them through their journeys of self and career discovery. I believe that each individual has a significant role to play in this world, and that growth and evolution are key to finding your true calling. I hope to enable others to find their place and purpose, and empower them to chase their dreams and ambitions. For more insight about what I do and what I can offer, visit my personal LinkedIn profile and my handle at elevatewithhassan. 

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Hello, my name is Given Sam. I'm a social media influencer, a professional in public health, and a fervent supporter of mental health.

I’m an explorative and fun-loving extrovert. I love writing, painting and listening to great music. 

My talk will shed light on the idea that dealing with identity crises can occasionally serve as a catalyst for making necessary changes in your life that would make you happier.

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Hi my name is Benson Tilya, I have a combined commitment, a dedication both to nature and Natural resources. I dedicate most of my time to conservation activities. I am working at Saving Africa's nature as a conservation manager whereby we foster community participation in conservation with the aim of restoring the ecological balance of the endangered Kikwati Wildlife corridor which helps migration of Wildlife species from Saadani National Park to Wami Mbiki Wildlife Management area. This year I will be presenting about Environmental concerns in the Modern world.



TEDxYouth@Upanga is an independently organised TEDxYouth event that will take place for the fourth time in Upanga, Dar es Salaam on April 1, 2023. 

The last few years have certainly brought to our attention that we could all pause to reflect about what we believe we know about ourselves, our lives, our society and the world at large. With the global pandemic and a range of other political, economic and environmental issues, we are invite to try and unlearn our old ways of living, thinking and being and redefine what is known


At the TEDx event, participants experience live TED talks, pre-recorded TED talks, and performances by students and local artists

TEDx, x = independently organised event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


TED upholds the ideal of sharing ideas that are worth spreading. That is why they created the program ‘TEDx’. TEDx is a program of local events organized independently of TED, but within TED rules and guidelines. Our event is called TEDxYouth@Upanga, with the ‘x’ signifying that is independently organized and the ‘Youth’ signifying the audience will be Tanzanian youth. At the coming events, we will hear from live speakers and online TED Talks that will provoke debate within the audience. Since the program’s inception in 2009, there have been over 10 000 events and 50 000 talks given across the world. We count ourselves lucky to have joined such an elite group.


You can view the recordings of TEDxYouth@Upanga live speeches from the past few years on YouTube; just search up "TEDxYouth@Upanga" and enjoy our students, teachers, Dar-community innovators and partners' inspiring words.

TEDX 2019


view all of last year's talks and take a trip down memory lane

View Last Year's Talks

2019 Speakers



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