Julius Nyerere, lifelong learning and education. Picture: Julius Kambarage Nyerere, leader of fabian essays in socialism Elected Members in Tanganyika’s Legislative Council and President of the territory’s largest political party, the Tanganyika African National Union. Licensed under the Open Government Licence v1. 0 and sourced from Wikimedia Commons.
Known as Mwalimu or teacher he had a vision of education and social action that was rich with possibility. Julius Kambarage Nyerere was born on April 13, 1922 in Butiama, on the eastern shore of lake Victoria in north west Tanganyika. His father was the chief of the small Zanaki tribe. Later, he transferred for his secondary education to the Tabora Government Secondary School. His intelligence was quickly recognized by the Roman Catholic fathers who taught him. Tanzanian to study at a British university and only the second to gain a university degree outside Africa.
In Edinburgh, partly through his encounter with Fabian thinking, Nyerere began to develop his particular vision of connecting socialism with African communal living. On his return to Tanganyika, Nyerere was forced by the colonial authorities to make a choice between his political activities and his teaching. He was reported as saying that he was a schoolmaster by choice and a politician by accident. Legislative Council in 1958 and became chief minister in 1960.