Supporting underqualified, grassroots Teachers in Tanzania
What are we all about?
In Tanzania, it is estimated that 60% of all Teachers are underqualified...
The 'Teacher outreach program' is designed to support and upskill underqualified, grassroots teachers working in disadvantaged schools across Arusha. Getting children into school is one thing, however being provided with a quality education is another, and unfortunately, the lack of quality education is one of the key contributing factors to children being unable to continue with their education.
Every child deserves a fair chance at an education, and a fair chance at a future
Our project will operate through a designated center in Arusha City, which will become out 'Teacher Outreach' HQ! Led by a local team member, through our center, we will run a 'teacher upskill' program, which is designed to upskill and support the 60% underqualified teachers in Tanzania. The 'Teacher outreach program' will consist of a professional development course, based around the Tanzanian curriculum and syllabus, along with additional access to teaching/learning resources and a collaborative platform in which teacher can attend regular PL sessions and access to an ongoing support network.
What are the 3 main initiatives?
We are working alongside both qualified Teachers in Australia and Tanzania, to develop a program which is culturally relevant and targets the most crucial areas of need.
Alongside 4 qualified educators here in Australia, we are developing a ‘Teacher upskill’ program, centered around the pre-primary/standard I - II Tanzanian curriculum and syllabus. The course is specifically designed to target the 60% of under-qualified educators working in average grassroots schools, by delivering a comprehensive program that gives the basic skills and understanding required to be a successful teacher in a local environment.
Access to Resources
Through our local center, we will also operate a ‘resource center’, which will be made available to all local educators who seek to utilize the service. The resource center operates on a library system, where teachers can have access to Textbooks, learning resources, books, computers, and the internet.
The final pillar of the program is designed to promote collaboration between teachers, parents, and school management. We will coordinate regular meetings, and workshops both within our center and during outreach at local schools, to encourage PL, Teacher planning sessions, management, and community engagement sessions, and parent/teacher engagement.
This side of the program encourages local teachers to connect and take part in professional development between themselves, so they do not have to be reliant on the foundation!
We are currently in 'Phase One' of the Arusha Project. We are beginning the Arusha project with the early years, as children are able to absorb most during these years, and without proper early education, future prospects can be greatly altered
Time frame: completed by June 2021
Working with some incredible educators here in Australia, we are developing a 'professional development' program, which is designed to upskill unqualified, pre-primary level teachers in Tanzania. The program will consist of upskilling learning concepts and teaching methods, which Teachers in Tanzania can then implement in any classroom setting and culture. In conjunction, the pre-primary curriculum will also be developed, largely taking from the requirements of the Tanzanian curriculum.
Education in Tanzania
Tanzania has made great progress both economically and within the education system, achieving nearly universal primary education in 2007. Unfortunately since 2007, the number of students in Primary Education has declined significantly, with an estimated 2 million children, between the ages of 7-13, out of school. The quality of education is low, due to a number of factors including unqualified teachers, lack of resources, inadequate learning spaces, socio-economic factors, and health factors. According to the 2014 examinations, only 8% of grade two pupils could read properly... To make some of these challenges even more difficult, there is little information about disability in children, and trauma, making children in these vulnerable circumstances even less likely to attend school and succeed.
How can you support the Arusha Project?
100% of your donation goes directly into the project.
Support our Teachers by either giving a one off donation, or by sponsoring us for a very small monthly amount!