Project information

Be the Change

‘Be the Change’ is a 2-year long, alternative non-formal educational programme. It aims to increase the relevance of learning at the secondary level, by providing employment-relevant and holistic life skills to rural youth in low-income settings, particularly girls, in Tanzania.

January 2014 - January 2016

Charity information: Anza

  • Need


    The rote-based curriculum in Tanzania lacks effectiveness and does not adequately provide youth with employment-relevant or holistic life skills. Additionally, our target area ‘Moshi rural’ has a disproportionately high percentage of its population who are 30 or under; 56%. This fact has a concentrated impact on rural-youth who are moving to urban areas in search of work, meaning urban employment opportunities have become overly competitive.


    The income generation and community development projects utilise an innovative teaching tool called ‘learn by doing’ to teach the youth entrepreneurship and other employment-relevant skills. In opposition with the rote-based method there is a 50:50 balance between theory and practice. This emphasis on practical learning increases self-confidence within youth to become local change-makers and encourages intern

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To facilitate the in-school youth developing an income generation project for the school


    » We will establish 2 crop demonstration plots for practical learning purposes
    » TEACH's own entrepreneurship curriculum will be taught to youth

    Youth are empowered with knowledge and skills to improve their socio-economic status. They will be competent in leadership, communication, networking and advocacy skills.

    Aim 2

    To facilitate the out-of-school youth in designing and completing a community development project


    » TEACH's own entrepreneurship curriculum will be taught to youth

    Development of the community meaning an improved quality of living and a positive, sustainable outlook for the village

    Aim 3

    To assist the youth in creating a youth ward council available for all youth within the community


    » Youth forums for civic participation and community service will be created
    » Relevant training on the running of the council and TEACH's full support will be given
    » Awareness-raising meetings will be conducted in order to sensitise the community and recruit youth
    » Modules on communication, advocacy and civic education will be given to enable youth to articulate their needs to local decision-makers

    To facilitate the training of other youth within their community by their Peer Educators

    Aim 4

    For the youth to develop individual business plans


    » Ensure youth are integrated into society through training sessions on market trends, providing the critical link between them and the job market

    There will be an objectively verifiable increase in the understanding and participation in entrepreneurship activities.

    Aim 5

    Youth are empowered with the knowledge and skills to improve their socio-economic status


    » 8 mentors from in-schools and out of school trained on leadership skill.
    » 100 youth entrepreneurs will build skills to develop business plans, financial plans, market their products, and manage loans and capital
    » Support peer-led training (TOT) of 20 youth; 5 from each group on leadership, communication, network and advocacy skills.
    » 1 exchange visit for both youth groups for learning purposes.

    There will be an objectively verifiable increase in the understanding and participation in entrepreneurship activities.

  • Impact


    Through our ‘learn by doing’ curriculum, youth will have empowered themselves with a high degree of practical learning and employment-relevant skills, in order to improve their socio-economic status. This will have led to an improved standard of living in the community and a higher appreciation in the benefits of education.


    The long distance the youth would have to walk to attend training seminars posed as a problem, so we decided to teach the course material to small groups in each village, as opposed to the whole ward. (4 villages make a ward and on average 10 wards make a district in Tanzania)


    Annual project reports will be sent to donors, as well as TEACH’s own follow up reports and monitoring and evaluation feedback work. Additionally, donors will have a personal email address for one member of TEACH staff working on the programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,667

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,555 Personel Wages and staffing costs
      £5,729 Outcome 1 Forming an in-school be the change clubs and out-of-school youth group
      £17,189 Outcome 2 Youth empowered with knowledge and skills to improve their economic status
      £4,549 Outcome 3 Promotion of entrepreneurship skills and income generation for out of school youth and demonstration
      £4,645 Overheads and administration Overheads and administrative costs
  • Background


    Be the Change will be implemented in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. TEACH have been working in the specific district Be the Change will be carried out in for the last 18 months. The research stated in Q4 is in reference to the youth in this area. They are typically under or un-employed, poor, and un-empowered.


    The in-school youth group will have implemented a sustainable school income generation, which will be used for further re-investment in the school and obtaining educational resources, resulting in a higher quality of education. The out-of-school group will have carried out a community development project in the form of a social business. This will have led to an improved standard of living in the community and a higher appreciation in the benefits of education.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    All of TEACH’s developmental activities are concentrated within one district, including ‘Be the Change’. Our current projects are a consequence of ‘Be the Change’s’ early inspiration. Conducting these ‘pre-pilot’ programmes has taught us valuable lessons and experiences. For example, the teaching of employment-related skills to youth has helped us understand how important entrepreneurial skills can be identified and incorporated into a contextually relevant educational curriculum.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Jones

    Project Co-ordinator; responsible for overseeing monitoring and evaluation of programme and finances.

    Godluck Gamaliel

    Project Manager; responsible for the implementation of the whole 2-year programme and staff involved.

    Mshindi Ole Isaya

    Training and mentoring Project Officer; responsible for creating TEACH's entrepreneurship curriculum and managing the training staff.