Fellow Since 2008
Gombe School of Environment and Society
This profile was prepared when Yared Fubusa was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Yared is making the educational experience of rural Tanzanians relevant to the situations in which they live. Through formal and informal schooling, Yared’s model of community learning promotes environmental stewardship, community stability, and economic sustainability. Yared has developed a multi-dimensional program that generates income for the school and the local community. A profitable demonstration farm, a study-abroad program, and programs in wildlife and cultural tourism, employ rural Tanzanians and the programs’ profits support a residential secondary school and conservation outreach programs. The programs are embraced and sustained by community members and international clients. Yared believes the long-term viability of human habitation in the region requires careful consideration of the local community and environment, with an emphasis on education and economic viability. Yared’s project is based in western Tanzania, east of the shores of Lake Tanganyika and near the site of primatologist Jane Goodall’s famed research station in Gombe Stream National Park. He tackles problems not unique to regions where indigenous populations and protected wildlife coexist, and has shown that his educational model can support rural community members and local wildlife. Yared believes his program builds a bridge between wildlife and human prosperity.