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Tanzania

Better-Trained Teachers for Better Schools

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Teachers are learning new approaches to teaching in continuing education courses. And they attend one another’s classes in village schools, then discuss and plan ways of improving their teaching methods.

  • Project Name
    Quality Education Through Expert Teachers (QUEETS)
  • Project Phase
    2016 to 2018
  • Funding
    This project is funded by donations.
  • Thematic focus
    Knowledge and Learning
    Gender and Social Equity

Exchanging and improving pedagogic know-how

Some statistics on schooling in Tanzania are promising, others disappointing: nine out of ten school-age children attend primary school and one out of three goes on to complete secondary school. But the figures also show that one out of three pupils drops out of school after only a few years. Talk to teenagers in Tanzania and you will soon find that many of them have a hard time conversing in English or doing simple arithmetic.

This is partly due to the school atmosphere. Interacting with children in overcrowded classrooms is a formidable challenge for the teachers. So the teachers lecture, the kids listen – or not. That puts a damper on motivation, for pupils as well as for their teachers.

Working closely together with the powerful teachers’ union, Helvetas is improving primary school teaching in English, mathematics and sustainable development. So far, up to 700 teachers each year have had an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and improve their pedagogical skills in continuing education courses at teachers’ seminaries in the regions of Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania.

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Today's lessons are designed in such a way that the children can get involved. © Helvetas
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Lessons in hygiene and cleanliness are also part of the curriculum. © Helvetas
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The lessons learned about the importance of clean latrines are immediately put into practice. © Helvetas
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The teachers have been trained methodically in order to make the lessons interactive. © Helvetas
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The teachers have been trained methodically in order to make the lessons interactive. © Helvetas
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Where there is a lot to learn, movement and play should not be missing in the break. © Helvetas
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Recently these courses have a specific focus on improving mathematics teaching as well as a new form of know-how exchange: at 150 primary schools, teachers are now inviting their colleagues to attend one another’s lessons in order to learn from one another. Afterwards they get together to discuss simple changes they can make in their day-to-day teaching. Teamwork, for example. Letting kids ask questions in class. And using locally available materials to make teaching aids.

Helvetas’ continuing education for teachers has become a mainstay of teacher training in northern Tanzania. The education ministry – with which the project signed a cooperation agreement – has taken an interest in this form of continuing education for teachers and is planning to introduce the program in other regions.

The objective is not only to give pupils better prospects in the employment market, but also to empower them to become civic-minded citizens capable of contributing to the social development of their communities and their country.

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«In our culture and our villages, there are countless valuable stimuli for teaching. Children learn a lot about botany and environmental protection in our newly created school garden. And together we have built up a school library.»

Anthony Marloa, teacher, Dumbeta village, Arusha region, Tanzania

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In courses, teachers learn new methods for stimulating, interactive lessons. © Helvetas
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In courses, teachers learn new methods for stimulating, interactive lessons. © Helvetas
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Knowledge and Learning

Building the capacities of staff and partners to effectively share what they know, to learn together and create effective solutions is crucial to our success.

How Helvetas Supports People in Tanzania

Increasing income opportunities for farmers and improving primary education are some of our priorities in Tanzania.