Where we work


Schools2030 Tanzania

Schools2030 in Tanzania operates in Dar Es Salaam and in the region of Lindi. It is also set to expand into 25 sites in Zanzibar in 2023 to pilot the Play, Pluralism, Planet initiative.

Tanzania is an East African country famous for its wildlife reserves, tropical coastline and Mount Kilmanjaro. Tanzania is a pluralistic and diverse country, home to over 100 ethnic groups and languages.

Tanzania’s education system has for the last five years been directed by the Education Sector Development Plan (ESDP) (2016/17 – 2020/21). The ESDP sets out a series of priorities, in particular, a commitment to providing twelve years of free and compulsory Basic Education and progressive expansion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training to provide Tanzania with an enhanced pool of skilled human resources. The ESDP also focuses on ensuring equitable access to education and training for all, including the most disadvantaged and enhanced effort on improving the quality of education at all levels.

In 2019, Tanzania recorded a total of 11.2 million pupils enrolled in primary and secondary education. Of these pupils, about 9.3 million (83%) were in primary education. Total enrolment in secondary schools was 2.3 million.

Our Team in Tanzania

Simon Meigaro

Simon Meigaro

Country MEAL and Education Manager

Shaibu Mandova Athumani

Shaibu Mandova Athumani

Schools2030 National Coordinator

Mapunda Kawanga

Mapunda Kawanga

Foundations for Learning Manager


Tanzania was the first Schools2030 country to determine their five focal domains in early 2021. 
As with every country, this was done alongside 
multiple stakeholders and the National Advisory Committee who could advise on curricular 
educational priorities. The Tanzania team were then able to provide valuable feedback to the 
other teams

Based on the domains, the team were also able to develop the first suite of rapid assessment tools with Schools2030’s Global Assessment Partner, Oxford MeasurEd and support from Emily Tusiime, AKF East Africa’s Regional Assessment Advisor. These tools comprised a set of teacher reflection and observation exercises, to inform qualitative assessments of non-academic proficiencies. The team have also successfully adapted Save the Children’s IDELA tool (with support from Save) for the pre-primary age group, available below. The ISELA tool will follow soon.

Access examples of assessment tools
from across our programme countries.

All these tools are available free to download below and will continue 
to be refined and iterated to ensure robust psychometric validity.


So far, over 200 teachers and youth partners have undertaken HCD training in three two-day sprints that captured the ten phases of the process. Innovations from these 100 learning sites were designed which reflected the challenges identified through the rapid assessments and these are now being implemented at school-level where their efficacy for 
improving student outcomes will be tracked and evaluated.

Although the majority of innovations designed focused on 
core academic competencies such as literacy and numeracy, 
all of them also incorporated social-emotional and 21st century skill development such as critical thinking, civic engagement, communication and problem-solving. All were designed for 
learner-centredness and had strong components of playful 
and participatory learning – see below for some examples. There are early signs that these innovations are proving effective – teachers have observed that after only a few 
months of implementation, students’ attention, interaction, 
and confidence seemed to be increasing.

Any innovations that are proven to be successful will be considered for implementing into AKF’s wider education programmes in the area, including the Foundations for 
Learning (F4L) programme, which spans the East Africa region.

Schools2030 in Zanzibar will pilot AKF’s new initiative Play, Pluralism and the Planet. PPP will leverage the Three-Step Model (Assess, Innovate, Showcase) to catalyse new teacher-driven solutions for the climate. The pilot will incubate 
school-led innovations around some of the subjects taught 
in secondary school such as micro-forestry, rainwater 
harvesting or soil factory. This will be supported by AKF experts in climate and environment. Innovations with proven success 
can then be scaled initially to mainland Tanzania and beyond.

Letter and Number Board (T–learning Model)

CHALLENGE: Struggling with mastering basic reading, writing and arithmetic (3Rs)
SCHOOL: Toangoma Preprimary class from Temeke District
COST: $791

The ‘T – learning model’ is Wooden T-shaped model which have the space at the top to allow the insertion of letter or number card to help pre- primary pupils to read and master 3Rs. Children will be able to pick a consonant or vowel, read them in front of the class and insert cards to the T-learning model.
The competitive style aims to motivate students in a playfulway to learn and better understand better letters, and numbers.

The Garden of Words and Numbers

CHALLENGE: Struggling with mastering basic reading, writing and arithmetic (3Rs)
SCHOOL: Majimatitu Preprimary class from Temeke District
COST: $3,203

This garden will be made of different materials such as artificial glasses, trees, fruits. The tree branches will be pinned with cards of letters, syllables, numbers. Students will have the opportunity to visit the garden with teachers and allowed to pick some fruit, naming and chose any letter card which symbolize the name of that fruit. Students will be able to identify letters, numbers, syllables and form a word. The purpose of the garden to improve 3Rs among pre-primary students.

The Number Map

CHALLENGE: Struggling with mastering basic reading, writing and arithmetic (3Rs)
SCHOOL: Maendeleo Preprimary class from Temeke district
COST: $4,561

The ‘Tanzania Number Map’ will contain numbers, letters and words. The purpose of this methodology is to motivate students and act as a catalyst during learning. Children will be able to count, read letters and words in the map competitively, and can engage in simple arithmetic (plus or minus) by going forward or backward respectively.

Download our HCD Tools for Tanzania to start 
creating education innovations in your school.

Schools2030 Human-Centred Design Toolkit

Full version

Schools2030 Human-Centred Design Toolkit

Sprint version

Schools2030 Human-Centred Design Facilitator Guide

Schools2030 Human-Centred Design School Leader Guide


Coming Soon


National Advisory Committee members

President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local 
Government (PO-RALG)

Ministry of Education, Science 
and Technology (MoEST)

Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE)

Aga Khan University, Institute for 
Education Development (AKU – IED)

Swedish International 
Development Agency (SIDA)

Haki Elimu

Children In Crossfire (CIC)

Mwananchi Communication Limited

BRAC International

Tanzania Early Childhood 
Development Network (TECDEN)

Madrasa Early Childhood 
Development Zanzibar (MECPZ)

Tanzania |UNICEF

Tanzania Eduaction 
Network (TEN/MET)

Shule Direct

Organisation for Community Development (OCODE)



Country Assessment Partners, Evaluation Partners and Learning Partners