Addressing quality of education and gender issues collaboratively – Insights from the Tanzania Education Network and Tanzania Institute of Education

Founded in 1999, the Tanzania Education Network (TEN/MET), is a national coalition of CSO’s vested in quality public education for all. The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) grant has supported the network since 2010. With 168 members, the coalition collaborates with different education stakeholders including the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) to ensure access, equity and quality basic education for all Tanzanians.

One of TIE’s key function is to “design and develop Curricula for Pre- primary, Primary, Secondary, and Teacher Education levels.” High on the agenda are initiatives which include curriculum development, trainings, and capacity building. “We are proud of our collaboration with Tanzania Education Network and value the input they bring to improving national curriculum,” said Francisca Tarimo, Acting Director for the Centre for Curriculum Training at Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE). “Our combined efforts improved preschool and primary school curriculum and we expect to include secondary school and teachers’ curriculum in the near future.”

Francisca Tarimo is the Acting Director for the Centre for Curriculum Training at the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE). The institute focuses on the preparation of curricula, curriculum tools for schools, as well as providing training to teachers and different stakeholders concerning the curriculum and providing advisory services to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Capacity building is a major priority for education stakeholders and as such strategic plans promote excellence, diligence, accountability, integrity, innovation and transparency. This ensures education institutions, colleges, and schools deliver quality trainings, services and address cross-cutting issues including gender disparities.

The positive engagement extends to other networks driven to influence education policies and eradicate the education crisis. Alongside TEN/MET, TIE collaborated with the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) in trainings specific to gender responsive interventions. The coalitions engaged on shared learnings to create information materials, and best practices to equip teachers to deliver sessions with consideration of gender issues. “The trainings were well timed since many curriculums were due for improvement, such as ordinary, advanced level and college curriculums” continued Francisca.

The Tanzania Education Network (TEN/MET) supports shared learning engagements with stakeholders including government stakeholders such as the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE). Tackling quality of education and gender issues collaboratively from the policy level, provides partners opportunities to implement education goals and pave the way for sustainability. These combined initiatives accelerate efforts in enhancing stakeholders’ engagement in the education sector especially in the era of free primary and secondary education.

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