Taking Stock Of The Progress: A Look At The Tanzanian Education Sector
While the lovely team of volunteers from Fathers and Kids Camping is making dreams of many Zanzibari children a reality by laying the foundation for five more classes and constructing a full-scale playground on the sight of our Seeds of Light nursery school, we decided to take a step back and remind ourselves what it is we are fighting for! Hence, we would like to share a shortlist of facts regarding the state of affairs in the Tanzanian education sector so that we could all appreciate the scope of work in front of us – and how much we have already accomplished together!
Turns out, an important milestone was completed in Tanzania in 2017: almost universal access to primary education was achieved! Nevertheless, the enrolment of primary school-aged children has been dropping ever since. According to UNICEF, an estimated 2 million children between the ages of 7 and 13 are currently out of school. CR HOPE’s contribution: the access to pre-primary education usually serves as a gateway to future academic achievements, meaning that if a child had an opportunity to go to school at the age of 4-6, their chances of attending primary school are also significantly higher.
The access to primary education differs a lot also by the economic status of the household. As such, children from underprivileged families are three times less likely to go to school than their more affluent peers. CR HOPE’s contribution: we carefully screen all our potential students and target our educational programs at those most in need in order to make education more equitable.
Things are also quite curious when it comes to the demand for professional educators! The pupil-to-qualified-teacher ratio at the pre-primary level is 131:1 (compare that to your own experience and you will most likely find the difference to be quite stark!). This ratio is 169:1 in public pre-primary schools compared to 24:1 in private schools. UNICEF finds that the majority of children, especially those in rural areas, enter primary school poorly prepared due to the lack of access to early stimulation, poor nutrition, and the low quality of pre-primary education. CR HOPE’s contribution: we are filling the gap by providing access to high-quality pre-primary education in Kizimkazi, a rural area of the island of Zanzibar.
Last but not least, research finds that raising a Tanzanian student education level by just one year has the possibility of increasing household income by up to 30 percent! This means that CR HOPE’s scope of work affects not only the education per se but also the general economic situation of the underserved communities in Zanzibar.
We would like to thank all our sponsors, volunteers, and collaborators for making our operations a reality. Just from these short facts, it is evident that we still have lots to work on, but we are certainly getting there! We are also deeply grateful to Moncler for their donation and unshakeable trust in our mission and approach. Thanks to companies like theirs, we are able to carry on and give opportunities to those who need them the most – the new generation of Tanzanian movers and shakers!