UNESCO’s mandate is to promote education as a fundamental human right. UNESCO Dar es Salaam Office supports the government of Tanzania in strengthening its national education system to provide quality education that is inclusive and accessible to all. Support is mainly channelled through technical assistance and capacity development interventions in the various education sub-sectors and thematic area.
Enhancing adolescent girls’ performance and retention at ordinary secondary school level in Tanzania
Adolescents (10-19 years of age) constitute more than one fifth of Tanzania’s population, with more than half being girls. About 62% of adolescent girls in Tanzania marry before the age of 20 and 16% are already mothers or have begun childbearing. The problem of adolescent pregnancy not only affects the girls’ health but also forces them to drop out of school, thus hindering them from reaching their full potential and limiting their ability to secure employment opportunities in the future. Girls who are particularly at risk of dropping out due to pregnancy or early marriage are those living in remote or rural areas where gender discriminatory practices are still rampant and girls have scarce access to information on their rights and how to claim them.
UNESCO will strengthen its ongoing intervention on supporting retention and performance of adolescent girls at ordinary secondary school level in 3 districts, 2 in Shinyanga Rural and Kahama in Shinyanga region and Micheweni district in Pemba and expand the intervention to Tanga and Loliondo, two other locations where UNESCO Science, Culture and CI sectors intervention are taking place and where indicators for girls exclusion at secondary school level are high.
UNESCO-China Funds-in-Trust Project on Enhancing Teacher Education for Bridging the Education Quality Gap in Africa
The overall objective of the project is to support the government’s efforts to accelerate progress towards achievement of Education for All (EFA) and education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by strengthening the capacity of two key Teachers Colleges to bridge the teacher and education quality gap through innovative, ICT-enhanced teaching and learning methods.
Specifically, the project intends to:
- To improve the capacity of two key Teachers Colleges to develop and provide quality pre-service programmes for Science and Mathematics teachers and tutors through ICT-supported innovations;
- To strengthen the capacity of two key Teachers Colleges to provide in-service programmes for Science and Mathematics teachers through blended learning modalities and ICT-supported innovations;
- To strengthen the support and networking mechanism that link two key Teachers Colleges and eight other Teachers Colleges offering diploma in Science and Mathematics education, and facilitate knowledge sharing;
- To develop effective M&E mechanisms.