Over 200 students drawn from various secondary schools across Tanzania were trained on leadership and entrepreneurship skills at the first-ever nationwide and Interact boot camps and under 18 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in the country organized by the Rotary new generation team and Rotaract leadership team.
The bootcamp was held exclusively for secondary school students who are members of Interact clubs while RYLA focused on secondary school students who are not Interactors.
The Interact camp events were held in two sessions – the first at the Heaven of Peace Academy (HOPAC) in Dar es Salaam on Saturday 12 January, followed by at St Thereza Centre in Bukoba on Saturday and Sunday 26 - 27 January and a third is slated for Arusha for northern Tanzania in mid-February.
Similarly, the first RYLA was held at the iconic Rotary Entrepreneurship Centre, University of Dar es Salaam on Saturday 19 January and at St Thereza centre in Bukoba on Saturday January 26. A third event is planned for in Arusha in February.
In all the events the students learnt entrepreneurship skills such as how to make soap, create a business plan, basic computer programming skills among others. They Interact boot camp also engaged the students in a talent show with one theme’ What is Rotary or Interact?’ they composed songs and their performances were recorded.
In Bukoba, During the RYLA, the students had sessions on team work where they did a goal setting exercise for community service along Rotary's areas of focus. They also had a session on art work and were guided more on entrepreneurship skills by a representative from CRDB Bank, a national Bank in the country.
It was a very exciting weekend.
Feedback from students
“It was an amazing day for me to learn more about Rotary and their work in the society and to acquire knowledge on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. Through the presentation on leadership, I learned leadership is the ability of a person to lead her or himself to reach his/her goals. It doesn't mean that one must wait until elected as a leader.
On the part of innovation and entrepreneurship, we learned how to come up with solutions which solve a problem in the society and generate money to help in the running of the business. We also learn aquaculture (agriculture deal with farming aquatic living organism such as fish), in a way of that can produce more fish but also conserve the environment.
We are grateful to Rotary for their help and support to the youth. There is a great need for such trainings in Tanzania to shape the youth to become more powerful and visionary leaders.
Sandra Apollo Ruhizi, 18, Form 5 student at Benjamin William Mkapa High School and participant at RYLA-UDSM
I was blessed to take part in the seminar on leadership and working as a team organized by Rotary in Bukoba, Kagera region. It was one of the most fruitful seminars I have ever attended. The seminar exposed me various new ideas which I will consider in the future. 
Joyce Benjamin, Form 4 student, Hekima Girls Secondary School, RYLA Bukoba participant
From the training, today I gave learned how to go about starting a business with the assistance of CRDB bank. I have also learned how to make soap. I am happy and will never regret being a member of interact. Most of all I was happy because I learned about team work. The training was fun and enjoyable. I would like to encourage many youths to join this noble club. Together we are stronger to build our nation
Caroline Gibson Miingi, Form 6 student Bukoba Secondary school, Bootcamp Bukoba participant