EQUIP-Tanzania showcase the programme achievements during the British Week

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EQUIP-Tanzania participated in the British Council Open Day as one of the event to celebrate British week. The aim of British Week is to showcase what the UK is doing in Tanzania with focus areas being youth, prosperity and education.#BritishWeek #UKaid.

Several communications materials, training manuals, big story books, reports were displayed during the exhibition, and EQUIP-Tanzania staff were there to educate and explain to visitors what the programme is doing and the impact so far in improving education sector in the country.

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The SRP is having more impact on learning

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102,308 (63%) of all children attended SRP centres in 2016 have been enrolled to standard one this year

School Readiness Programme (SRP) is having more impact on children’s learning, total of 102,308(63%) children from SRP have been enrolled standard one this year from 161,527 who attended SRP in 2016 in more than 2,700 SRP centres across seven EQUIP-Tanzania regions.
SRP also contributed 17% of total Standard one enrolment in 2017 for the seven EquipT Regions .This is a milestone for SRP programme whereby out of 576,325 Standard one enrolment in EQUIP-Tanzania regions, SRP contributed 102,308 (17%) with no significant differences between boys and girls (almost 50/50).

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The initiation of SRP programme aimed at improving access to pre primary education to students who don’t attend pre primary education. One key factor limiting children attending Pre School is farthest distance to mother school and thus the basis for establishing SRP centres .From baseline study conducted in 2015 long distance to the nearest pre-primary school is a key reason why many of the 53% of correct age children are not enrolled in pre-primary in Tanzania. It was also found that 77% of children attending primary schools do not speak Kiswahili at home, and that these children are also more likely to be economically disadvantaged.

Crucially, baseline data found that by Standard 3 the learning outcomes of non-Kiswahili speaking children are well below average in Kiswahili and Maths. The larger the learning gap at school entry, the harder it is to close – hence the importance of SRP.

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Through SRP high number of children who did not speak Kiswahili at home and who had little or no access to pre-primary education attended SRP centres created and initiated by the community. SRP centre have caused many children to attend pre-primary school in all seven regions and thereafter to join Primary education. These are marginalized children who otherwise would likely have not had any pre-primary education.

Children who attended SRP classes have shown confidence and they are very active compared to those who did not attend SRP nor pre-school instructions. There are now close to 3,000 centres, 3000 CTAs with 160,000 children enrolling in 2016.

The School Readiness Programme (SRP) began in 2015. The main objective was to help ensure equitable access to quality Pre-Primary Education in Tanzania, particularly focussing on the most marginalised children. The aim is to ensure that all learners arriving in Standard 1 are ‘ready’ for primary school and that the school is ready to accommodate all learners, no matter what their home background or education experience.

School Information System – data management tool

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A tablet-based School Information System (SIS) was introduced to all programme schools in late 2016. It provides more timely and accurate data and supports performance management at all levels, from school upwards.
This is a highly innovative recent development which has seen a tablet-based school data management system introduced. The system can capture real-time daily data and upload to central servers. This enables it to be used by school level actors for school management and quality improvement; and government actors for more accurate planning and resource allocation. The system is at an early stage of development with potential for national scale up and high Government commitment to its roll-out from PO-RALG.

Recently, School Information System training for the LGAs was conducted in all seven regions, the competent National facilitators guided Head Teachers and Ward Executive Officer in all stages and steps of installation of the SIS Version 2 which enables schools to now track and report information on capitation grant.

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Roll out of Gender Responsive Pedagogy

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Gender Responsive Pedagogy (GRP) has been rolled out in all seven regions. There are 13 modules of the GRP.The main aim of the GRP training developing Gender responsive teaching and learning materials, transform gender biased messages in existing teaching and learning materials into gender-balanced contents and Gender responsive classroom interaction.
The module is not as independent subject to be taught in the class rather a practical guide to equip teachers with knowledge and strategies that enable them to be gender responsive in teaching and learning at the same time to help girls and boys a habit of respect among themselves

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