In August 2019, the Government of Tanzania organized field visits in six regions of the country as a lead up to its joint education sector review (JESR). This presented a key opportunity to assess the annual implementation of the targets outlined in the 2017-21 education plan, while observing best practices and challenges from several programs implemented in education institutions.
To gain a holistic overview of the status of the education sector, several schools, including primary, secondary, technical vocational and teacher colleges in both urban and rural areas were visited. The visits were led by JESR teams consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Presidents Office for Regional and Local Government (PO-RALG), development partners, civil society organizations, private sector and faith-based organizations.
The JESR teams employed various methods to gather data including focus groups discussions, interviews with beneficiaries, along with document analyses and observations. The data gathered during the visits fed into the joint sector review meeting organized in late September.
The strong emphasis on data collection contributed to developing a reliable evidence base to inform planning and decision making.