At DCT Mvumi Institute of Health Sciences we prepare nurse-midwives, clinical officers and laboratory technicians to work throughout Tanzania. We are in a rural area in a resource limited setting. We have a small renovated library building, and a librarian just back from training. We want to improve the teaching-learning experience and recognise that currently we have few up to date books, limited access to internet sources, and dependence on rote learning of notes from teachers. We want to help our students to improve their reading, study and language skills, and to develop the habit of continuous self-directed learning using published material.
Having carefully chosen textbooks and DVDs will allow tutors to guide students to use published material for active learning techniques such as individual and group assignments. Students who have the skills and habit of self-directed learning will be more likely to be life-long learners who keep up to date. Professionals who keep up to date will help to raise standards of healthcare in Tanzania.