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Equal Rights to Quality Education in Tanzania

The final & 5th year of the education project will work with 70 rural schools to: increase quality of teaching, improve school management, promote student health clubs to boost acquisition of life skills, improve students’ motivation & academic achievement & to make schools more enjoyable for all.

July 2018 - September 2019

Charity information: African Initiatives

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  • Need


    The number of students in Tanzania’s primary schools has doubled to around 8 million pupils, creating an infrastructural crisis. Teachers face complex and challenging working environments with limited resources and a lack of support. It is estimated that 5.1 million children aged 7 to 17 years old are out of school, including nearly 1.5 million of lower secondary school age. Tanzania has the world’s lowest rate of transition from primary to secondary school, particularly in rural areas.


    Working with three local partners the project will increase teachers’ and school management’s capacity to deliver quality education and to change communities’ detrimental attitudes to the value of girls’ education. The result will be better academic results, improved morale and enthusiasm for teaching and increased awareness of the benefits education can bring. It is expected to improve education standards and lifestyle choices, reaching more 49,491 primary and secondary school students.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the quality of teaching in primary and secondary schools.


    » Partners will provide training & mentoring on Maths, Science, English & life skills. There will be Head Teachers’ and school committees’ training.

    What success will look like

    Support government school inspectorates & visits, assist in the delivery of quality monitoring & evaluation processes to see an equal number of boys & girls succeeding in school.

    Aim 2

    To increase awareness of rights, self-confidence and understanding of life skills amongst students.


    » Girls/Health Clubs will be supported for girls to learn about wider health issues including FGM, early and forced marriage and unplanned pregnancy.

    What success will look like

    Train and empower primary school club members and secondary club members. So far, more than 5,600 girls and 4,500 boys have benefited from the health clubs over the last 4 years.

    Aim 3

    Increase schools’ capacity to prevent and to respond to abuses to children.


    » Child Protection policies & systems to report and handle incidents of abuse, exploitation &/or neglect. Work with officials to enforce regulations.

    What success will look like

    Establish systems whereby incidents of abuse & neglect are identified & addressed. Work with District officials & the police to enforce government regulations on child marriage.

  • Impact


    The project will transform the education of girls and boys in some of the most marginalised & disadvantaged communities. It will secure equal numbers of girls & boys succeeding at school & increased transition between primary & secondary school. The project will make the schools safer and happier through implementing Child Protection policies & practices, providing training on child rights, ethical relationships, Gender Based Violence & HIV. Education opens minds and provides job opportunities.


    Busy schedules of teachers & schools may impact on attendance to training opportunities & support. This is addressed by involving District Education Officers & Head teachers in each stage of the project who are committed to follow up meetings with teachers on a quarterly basis.

    Teacher & Staff turnover experienced in year 3; dealt by frequent school visits of Quality Assurance officers, District Education Officers (DEOs) & Ward Education Officers (WEOs) which has improved teachers’ attendance.


    Throughout the life cycle of the project, staff regularly monitor & evaluate the project to assess challenges & progress made against project targets. Donors will receive reports every six months. We will also publish an annual review & regularly update our website and social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,427

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,522 Training Teacher Training at School, Ward and District Level
      £5,544 Monitoring & Support Field Work & District Level Performance Monitoring
      £7,518 School Management Head Teachers Workshop & Club Follow Up
      £2,372 School Inspection Support District level Primary and Secondary School Inspectorates
      £2,471 Learning & Evaluation Final report Awareness & shared learning on Project Goal, Outcomes and Context

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Dorfred Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Cotton Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
    Oakdale Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will take place across six districts in Tanzania; Longido, Ngorongoro, Monduli, Karatu, Mbulu and Kilolo. Many of the schools are in very remote and rural areas.


    The project will transform the education of up to 49,000 girls & boys of primary and secondary school age in some of the most marginalised & disadvantaged communities. It is expected that more than 4,500 primary & secondary school teachers will benefit from training & mentoring & over 1000 public officials. Working with families & communities in pastoralist, agro-pastoralist or subsistence areas to change detrimental attitudes to girls education, early marriage & FGM.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the past 20 years African Initiatives has worked in partnership with grass roots organisations who understand and know the local communities . Through education and community engagement we help individuals and communities become more empowered to exercise their rights. We are supported by respected funders such as DfID, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund, and are proud to say that in the year 2017 to 2018 alone, our work has changed the lives of more than 31,884 people for the better.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pastoral Women's Council (PWC)

    As one of the few indigenous women's organisations in Tanzania they have worked on many girls’ education and women's rights based projects.

    Community Aid & Small Enterprise Consultancy (CASEC)

    A grass roots Non-Governmental Organisation with extensive experience of implementing education based and urban youth and urban youth based projects.

    Community Research & Development Service (CORDS)

    Working in northern Tanzania & established in 1997 they have worked on many community based projects successfully & collaboratively.

"School Health Club has really educated us on negative effects of early & forced marriage as well as the importance of having goals to in our life and put more efforts to our studies so that we can achieve our goals. I will not accept to be married while young and also without fulfilling my dreams"

Naishooki Saduru – Health Club member at Arkatani Primary School