NSGRP Goal I: Ensuring equitable access to quality
primary and secondary education for boys and girls, universal literacy among women and men; and expansion of higher, technical
and vocational education.
Under this goal, key targets
of relevance include:
percentage of boys and girls with disabilities and orphans and vulnerable children who qualify for secondary education enroll
and complete secondary school by 2010.
least 50% of girls and boys aged 14-17 enroll in “O” level (Ordinary or "O” Level is equivalent to
8th-11th grades in the US system) secondary schools by 2010.
- At least 60% of boys and girls pass Standard VII (Standard VII marks the end of primary school,
or equivalent to 7th Grade) exams by 2010
least 25% of boys and girls enroll in “A Level” (meaning “Advanced Level", or Grades 12 and 13) secondary
schools by 2010
- Improved learning
environment for all children in all schools with all learning institutions safe, violence free, child friendly, and
- 90% of primary
and secondary schools have adequate, competent and skilled teachers by 2010
- Improved knowledge on entrepreneurship skills among youth
- Effective HIV/AIDS education and life skills programs offered in all primary,
secondary schools and teacher’s colleges
Nurturing Minds applauds the efforts of the Government of Tanzania in seeking to improve education
access and quality, and seeks to contribute to and complement government priorities and programs. There are numerous
challenges in meeting the objectives defined in various national policy documents, and there is a risk of over-emphasis
on reaching quantitative targets in the short-term at the cost of creating real and long-lasting qualitative change.
For example, to improve infrastructure rapidly at secondary level, communities are being directed to develop 1 secondary school
in each ward (equivalent to a "county"), yet have little capacity, and are given little money to do so. As a result,
the new school infrastructures are often incomplete and lack adequate teaching staff.