The national museums of Tanzania and Kenya and the Tanzanian antiquities department have come together to organise a programme of educational tours for secondary schools, being launched in Arusha at the end of October.
The Walking Tall schools project is designed to create awareness among young people about the origins and evolution of human beings, as well as racial diversity, and is being held under the auspices of the Johannesburg-based Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST).
The programme runs for four weeks and features a 45-minute physical theatre production depicting the history of life and humankind. Human origins workshops will be offered to secondary schools in Arusha, Olduvai Gorge and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and Nairobi, Narok and Kajiado in Kenya.
Since its foundation in 1994, PAST has been promoting and preserving southern Africa’s rich fossil heritage. In recent years it has supported human origins research in Tanzania and Kenya, and in 2011 it launched the Walking Tall schools project at Arusha's National Natural History Museum.