Student with textbook, Kasakola Primary School, Mpanda, Katavi, Tanzania. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$344,741,818

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • System capacity
  • System transformation

Partnership Compacts

Tanzania Mainland

Priority: Improve achievement of foundational skills at the basic education level.

See also: Zanzibar Partnership Compact

Other key documents

Transforming education in Tanzania

Tanzania Mainland

Tanzania has made significant progress in achieving basic education for all, especially with respect to increasing enrollment over the past 10 years. However, the introduction of free basic education in 2016 led to an influx of students into the system, and learning is lagging due to large class sizes.

The government and partners are addressing persistent challenges, including poor school conditions, teacher shortages and teacher effectiveness.

Based on the country's priority reform area – teacher workforce planning and management – GPE is supporting Tanzania to improve teaching and learning, starting with getting the right number of trained teachers deployed to the places where they are needed, namely disadvantaged areas.

A focus on gender equality and inclusion aims to hire more female teachers, improve female participation in education, and support students and teachers with special needs. A focus on the learning environment aims to ensure equitable allocation of teaching and learning materials.

Zanzibar

In 2019, Zanzibar conducted a curriculum needs assessment and found that content required updating to prepare children for life in the 21st century. The government developed a competence-based curriculum (CBC) framework, defining learning outcomes and minimum standards for each level of education.

Zanzibar is also strengthening formative learning assessments to better understand students’ learning needs. GPE is supporting Zanzibar to accelerate reform efforts and achieve results at scale. The government and partners have endorsed improved foundational skills at the basic education level as their priority reform, focusing on reading, writing, arithmetic and creativity.

Aligned and harmonized resources support interventions, including implementing CBC at the pre-primary and primary education levels, institutionalizing teachers’ continuous professional development, and mainstreaming gender equality in education policy planning and implementation.

Result story

Tanzania: Addressing education challenges through priority reforms

Read how GPE is working with the government of Tanzania and partners to address persistent challenges and achieve transformational change in its education system by drawing on the breadth and strength of the partnership.

Grants

(data as of February 22, 2024)

    Grants - Mainland

    • Type: System transformation

      Years: 2023 - 2027

      Allocation: US$84,664,800

      Utilization: 0

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: System capacity

      Years: 2023 - 2025

      Allocation: US$3,899,000

      Utilization: US$4,291

      Grant agent: UNICEF

    • Type: System capacity

      Years: 2022

      Allocation: US$201,000

      Utilization: 0

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: Program development

      Years: 2022 - 2023

      Allocation: US$200,000

      Utilization: 0

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: Program implementation

      Years: 2020 - 2024

      Allocation: US$112,500,000

      Utilization: US$100,591,740

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: COVID-19

      Years: 2020 - 2022

      Allocation: US$15,160,000

      Utilization: US$15,160,000

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: Sector plan development

      Years: 2015 - 2016

      Allocation: US$235,911

      Utilization: US$235,911

      Grant agent: UNESCO

    • Type: Program implementation

      Years: 2014 - 2019

      Allocation: US$92,917,597

      Utilization: US$92,917,597

      Grant agent: SIDA

    Grants - Zanzibar

    • Type: System transformation

      Years: 2023 - 2027

      Allocation: US$11,759,000

      Utilization: 0

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: Program development

      Years: 2023

      Allocation: US$199,990

      Utilization: 0

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: System capacity

      Years: 2023 - 2024

      Allocation: US$27,250

      Utilization: 0

      Grant agent: UNESCO

    • Type: System capacity

      Years: 2023 - 2026

      Allocation: US$614,782

      Utilization: 0

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: System capacity

      Years: 2022 - 2025

      Allocation: US$657,968

      Utilization: 0

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: COVID-19

      Years: 2020 - 2021

      Allocation: US$1,489,521

      Utilization: US$1,479,040

      Grant agent: UNICEF

    • Type: Program implementation and Multiplier

      Years: 2018 - 2024

      Allocation: US$15,001,000

      Utilization: US$10,285,685

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: Program development

      Years: 2016 - 2017

      Allocation: US$144,434

      Utilization: US$144,434

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: Sector plan development

      Years: 2015

      Allocation: US$187,309

      Utilization: US$187,309

      Grant agent: SIDA

    • Type: Program implementation

      Years: 2013 - 2017

      Allocation: US$4,882,256

      Utilization: US$4,882,256

      Grant agent: SIDA

    Civil society engagement

    As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting:

    • The Tanzania Education Network/Mtandao wa Elimu Tanzania (TEN/MET) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).
    • Addressing the learning crisis through system strengthening led by Global Integrity for the 2021-2024 period.
    • Pamodzi for Inclusive Education in South-East Africa (PIESEA) led by Rays of Hope for the 2021-2024 period.

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