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BRAC’s education programme has become the largest secular and private education system in Tanzania, reaching a number of regions with its education programme.

At the pre-primary school level, it targets underprivileged children to prepare them for mainstream primary school entry. BRAC primary schools are designed to give a second chance at learning to disadvantaged children who have been left out of the formal education system due to extreme poverty, violence, displacement or discrimination. The non-formal primary schools complement the mainstream school system with innovative teaching methods and materials.

At the secondary level, BRAC provides need-based training and student mentoring to improve mainstream education. Under the education programme in Tanzania, it has two components: Pre-Primary School Education (PPE), and Girls Education Challenge (GEC) Project.

 

Pre-Primary School Education

In Tanzania, It is reported that the net enrolment rate of pre-primary school children (5-6 years) is 33 per cent, which is lower than the average in most developing countries. Approximately 30 per cent of children from poor families transitioned from pre-primary school, but failed to complete primary school. In this context, when BRAC started receiving requests from communities to provide education for their children, BRAC responded by opening 50 community based pre primary schools in 18 branches reaching a total of 1500 students under the age of four in  Iringa, Mbeya, Dar es salaam and Dodoma. The schools are housed within the empowerment and livelihood for adolescents (ELA) clubs where the classes are held in the morning. This maximises usage of space and reduces overhead costs. The mentors of the ELA clubs are trained as pre-primary teachers who also motivate community members to send their children to school.


The overall goal of the pre primary school programme is to make children aged between 5-6 years participate in early learning activities in safe, child-friendly, learning environments in centers, homes and communities and develop their cognitive, emotional, linguistic and numerical abilities to communicate, socialise and learn, and become better prepared for school.

 

The programme aims to develop para-professional early childhood teachers, trainers, training materials and child-centric learning materials for children's education. It is crucial to provide five-six year old children with safe and friendly learning environments to develop their cognitive, emotional, linguistic and numerical abilities. This will also enhance their socialization and learning skills. Early learning activities would better prepare the children for school.

 

The Girls' Education Challenge (GEC)

The Girls Education Challenge (GEC) project started in 2013 to support marginalised adolescent girls stay in school and improve their learning. The project is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).

The project is currently implemented in 20 branches in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Tabora and Singida. The aim is to improve the lives of girls, both in schools, at risk of dropping out and out of school girls.

It includes subject-based tutoring (Mathematics and English) and peer mentoring for girls in government schools who are at risk of dropping out. Study clubs give girls who are out-of-school a second chance at secondary education. Life skills education is provided and community members are sensitised to understand the importance of girls’ education.

GEC has supported more than 7,010 marginalised adolescent girls stay in school or re-enrol and improve their learning. The project aims to improve life chances of marginalised girls in 5 regions in Tanzania through completing a full cycle of education.

The components of the project are:

• Tutoring for in-school marginalised girls
• Mentoring- for students (in school and out of school)
• Tutoring centre for out-of-school girls
• Life Skill Based Education(LSBE) in-school and for out-of school girls
• Teacher (primary, secondary and non-formal) development
• Community Sensitisation

Ongoing projects

projects

Duration

Donor/partners

Goal

Girls education challenge project

March 2013 to March 2016

DFID (GEC)

Improving life chances for marginalised girls

Pre primary schools

April 2012 to March 2015

BRAC

The overall goal of the pre- primary school programme is to make children aged between 5-6 years participate in early learning activities in safe, child-friendly, learning environments and develop their cognitive, emotional, linguistic and numerical abilities to communicate, socialise and learn, and become better prepared for school.

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