My Teachers, The Special Heroes!

I remember I was about six years, I had mixed excitement and fears. My mother took me to Mvuleni pre-school where I met Mr. Jela, the only teacher in the school.

Savouring the complexity of policy making at the Uwezo report launch in Tanzania

Monday 10th April 2017 was a momentous day in Tanzania, and worth noting for the Sustainable Development Goal 4, as the Uwezo learning assessment report was launched in Dodoma.

Are our children learning? The status of education in Tanzania in 2015 and beyond

Among children in Standard 7, many are unable to complete Standard 2 work. Among Standard 7 pupils, four out of ten (44%) are unable to read a Standard 2 level story in English, two out of ten (16%) are unable to read a Standard 2 level story in Kiswahili, and two out of ten (23%) are unable to complete Standard 2 level multiplication.

Talking education in Morogoro Urban

Our partner, Safina Women Association, organised the discussion for Morogoro Urban on 13 July 2016. It was held at their school “Leena Nursery and Primary School” in Morogoro municipal.

Talking education in Mkuranga, Pwani

Our partner in Mkuranga, Comprehensive Support to Persons with Disability (COSUPED), presented the 2013 national report and 2015 district report for Mkuranga on 15 June at Parapanda Hall.

EVIDENCE FOR ACTION Citizen-led learning assessments enable educators, parents and volunteers to close learning gaps in rural India

Citizen volunteer Amol Moghe sets out to conduct learning assessments in a remote village in western India. Upon arriving at the village of Pimpri in Maharashtra state’s Aurangabad district, he greets the villagers, explains why he’s there, and asks for permission from the village leader to conduct a learning assessment survey.

Talking education in Sengerema, Mwanza

The 2013 Uwezo report and 2015 district report were both launched in Sengerema district on June 28th 2016 at the district entrepreneurial center in Ibisabageni.

Education in Tanzania – what role for citizens?

Education has been arguably the most consistently supported and discussed development issue in Tanzania’s nearly six decades of independence. Early on, Tanzania’s founding father Mwalimu Nyerere linked education to development, arguing that education is not only a way to escape poverty, but a way of fighting it.

People’s Action for Learning Network: What a difference a year makes

What a difference a year makes. Last week in Nairobi, when we woke to find a grey blanket of fog wrapped around our conference centre, it was hard to believe that only a year ago, the founding directors of our citizen-led assessment movement set up the People’s Action for Learning (PAL) Network.

People’s Action for Learning Network (PAL Network): from assessment to action

The People’s Action for Learning Network (PAL Network) upends the usual mechanisms for learning assessments: bringing together nine countries[1], it assesses basic reading and numeracy competencies of all children, in their homes, through annual citizen-led assessments.