Today is a sad for the lovers of science and astronomy all around the world and Tanzania alike. We have bid farewell to our energetic, passionate and a truly astro-science educator without borders Chuck Ruehle. Chuck Ruehle has been a key partner on promoting science education through astronomy in Tanzania together with UNAWE-Tanzania. Chuck and his wife Susan Ruehle have touched life of many children, teacher and communities in Tanzania through their well-known non-profit organization Telescopes to Tanzania based in the US.
Since 2010 Chuck and his wife have been visiting Tanzania each year to supply education resources, conduct teacher training sessions and support local organizations with the aim of improving level of science teaching and learning in Tanzania.
On working with Chuck we have learnt one great lesson on never giving up despite of how worse things might seem to be. While fighting cancer Chuck had never forgot his commitment to science education in Tanzania. Even when in hospital bed Chuck have always been asking on how science education is proceeding in Tanzania and continue to make plans to ensure it gets better each day.
His endless commitment for better science to underprivileged communities is mutually shared by UNAWE community all around the world and Tanzania. We have learnt the lesson of not making excuses but think of better ways to do things each time we are faced with challenges.
Before his death, he was in a mission to ensure Tanzania build her first observatory to be used as a gate way to science for the children of the nation and East Africa. As being among those few worked with him, we committee ourselves to make his dream a reality and pave way for young Tanzanians to be great scientists of the world.
May his blessed soul rest in peace.