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UNICEF in action

What is UNICEF doing?

UNICEF is supporting the government to ensure that every child in Tanzania has access to quality basic education. For this to happen, children need to be ready to learn, teachers prepared to teach, and schools enabled to provide quality education for all. The government has ambitious, yet feasible goals for improving educational opportunities for children.

UNICEF's support includes providing assistance to formulate, implement and monitor sound and equitable policies; lay strong foundations for early childhood education; and improve the quality of primary education.

UNICEF works with the government to ensure that the most vulnerable children and adolescents enrol in school and complete their basic education. UNICEF advocates for the implementation of policies that address the causes of exclusion, especially for girls and children with disabilities, and the removal of hidden costs, such as uniforms and books, that keep children from the poorest families out of school. UNICEF also helps to develop the skills of teachers to support vulnerable children and create alternative learning opportunities that appeal to students who are unable to remain in school.

What we want to achieve by 2021

Together with the Ministries of Education and President's Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), development partners strengthen selected local government schools and communities, leading to the following key results.

Enhanced capacity to deliver quality and relevant formal basic education through:

  • Developing, testing and scaling-up new, innovative and cost-effective models of quality pre-primary programmes.
  • Scaling up the national programme in early grade reading, writing arithmetic, as well as life skills at primary level.

Increased capacity to provide inclusive, safe and protective access and to ensure completion of basic education for the most vulnerable children and adolescents by:

  • Identifying and providing flexible and innovative alternative learning opportunities for children and adolescents who are out of primary and secondary school systems.
  • Mainstreaming gender and disability in education.

Increased capacity to formulate, implement and monitor evidence-based policies, strategies and plans by:

  • Supporting the development and implementation of the Education Sector Development Plan.
  • Strengthening systems for monitoring learning achievements and equity in basic education, and using the data to improve learning, especially among disadvantaged children.
  • Strengthening capacities of education policy implemented in policy analysis, strategic planning, monitoring and accountability.



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