About EQUIP Tanzania
The Education Quality Improvement Programme (EQUIP-Tanzania) directly supports the Tanzania government's vision for high quality education - especially for girls. The programme's rationale was based on the strong realisation that a push for quality education is required if learning outcomes are to keep pace with the expansion of education provision.
EQUIP-Tanzania's focus on early-grade learning directly supports the Tanzanian government's priorities, as outlined in the curriculum introduced in 2014 which was desgined to leave children with a more solid command of the '3 Rs': Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.
This new curriculum was thought to be more effective for teachers to teach. It also meant that students from poor and vulnerable households would be able to better learn the basics that are needed for learning in later years of primary and secondary school. EQUIP-Tanzania directly supports this.Beginning in 2014, in its first four years, EQUIP-Tanzania has implemented and demonstrated best practice approaches to strengthen the quality of education. It now targets 2.6 million enrolled primary students and over 55,000 Teachers in over 5,000 Target Schools within 1,100 Target Wards across 63 Target Local Government Authorities (LGA), otherwise known as Districts in nine regions. It is funded by UK Aid and managed by Cambridge Education.
Initial learning measurements indicate that the EQUIP-Tanzania approach has led to better learning outcomes in EQUIP-Tanzania regions over and above the improvements of results in other areas of the country and national averages more generally.
Building Capacity for School Improvement
Improving school quality and enhancing pupil learning clearly needs to be a continuous and sustainable process. That is why EQUIP-Tanzania is working closely with the Government of Tanzania to ensure that the decentralised system of school management - at school, ward, and district levels – are is able sustain practices that are essential for the higher performance of schools.
The vision of school improvement in Tanzania is summarised as follows:
Classroom practices are engaging effective and inclusive and lead to satisfactory
Provisions (e.g. infrastructure, teaching aids) are adequate and cost-effective
Children can reach schools and are prepared to learn. They are happy and safe in schools and participate in school development activities
Head Teachers competently lead schools
Local authorities manage schools adequately and effectively using evidence of good
practice to improve classroom practices
Communities support school development and classroom situations and hold government, school leadership and teachers accountable (especially important in resource-scarce contexts such as existing in most of Tanzania)
The Sector utilises reliable and useful data of schools, teachers and children.
Taking Best Practice to Scale.
EQUIP- Tanzania has supported improvements in education so they can be adopted nationwide by the government. In its first four years, starting from 2013, EQUIP-Tanzania implemented and demonstrated best practice approaches to strengthen the quality of education increasing its geographical coverage gradually from four to nine regions. It now targets 2.6 million enrolled primary students and over 55,000 Teachers in over 5,000 Target Schools within 1,100 Target Wards across 63 Target Local Government Authorities (LGA), otherwise known as Districts in nine regions.
All practices are now implemented at this scale. Before intervention, these regions were among the poor performers in Tanzania and resource-scarce. The interventions always had in mind that they should be cost-effective and affordable for Tanzania. EQUIP-Tanzania has fast tracked implementation at scale as early as possible, while making adjustments and making improvements in the following years. This means that successful activities in EQUIP-Tanzania regions are largely ready for national scale-up within the structure of the national Education Sector Development Plan.