Flexible pathways help build the skills and competencies of vulnerable out-of-school adolescents (United Republic of Tanzania)

Adolescents and youth learning skills - Tanzania
UNICEF / 2022/ Ngonyani


To provide alternative pathways for adolescents who missed out on secondary education, Tanzania's Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Institute of Adult Education, with technical and financial support from UNICEF, launched an Integrated Programme for Out-of-School Adolescents (IPOSA) in 2019.

The programme aims to develop literacy and numeracy skills of adolescents who never attended school; develop life skills such as personal empowerment, good citizenship, positive interpersonal relationships and skills for employability; and develop vocational and entrepreneurship skills so adolescents can cope with and participate actively in their lives, families and society. Since its inception, IPOSA has benefitted over 30,183 adolescents (15,394 girls) in eight regions (Dar Es Saalam, Dodoma, Iringa, Kigoma, Mbeya, Njombe, Songwe and Tabora) with the highest rates of out-of-school children.