USAID/Tanzania in collaboration with Creative Associates International, Inc. (CAII) are working to implement the 21st Century Basic Education Program (TZ21) in support of USAID’s public-private partnership with the Ministries of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVTs) on Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. The partners,Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, UhuruOne and Zantel aimt to improve lower primary education for higher achievement in reading, mathematics, and science. Under the guidance of Steering Committees chaired by the MOEVTs on Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, Creative Associates is introducing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to strengthen professional development at teacher training colleges, teacher resource centers, and teacher centers in Mtwara Region and Zanzibar. This partnership is aimed at strengthening the Education Management Information System (EMIS) for information.
Collaboration among public and private-sector organizations provides a unique, innovative opportunity to significantly enhance the quality of education for primary school students. By taking a holistic approach to primary education that includes the effective integration of ICT and EMIS, this partnership is creating a sustainable model that equips primary school students, teachers, and administrators with the skills they need to be successful in the 21st Century.
ICT Supports Quality Development: To promote the sustainable implementation of ICT in primary education, training is being provided to primary school teachers and administrators through the Microsoft Partners in Learning Program and the Intel® Teach Program, both of which offer proven ways to integrate technology into the curriculum for enhanced classroom learning. This training offers education leadership forums to help lead primary school teachers and administrators in defining a strategy for creating 21st Century learning environments in teacher training colleges, teacher resource centers, and primary schools in Mtwara Region and Zanzibar. Furthermore, primary school teachers and administrators are being offered networking and IT training through the Cisco® Networking Academy®. The Networking Academy collaborates with educational institutions, governments and community-based organizations to provide foundational ICT skills along with career skills such as problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking for increased access to career and economic opportunities.
EMIS Supports Quality Assurance: To promote the sustainable implementation of an Education Management Information System (EMIS) in primary education, Microsoft is providing support for the development and implementation of an integrated EMIS, which will enable stakeholders to access the real-time information they need for evidence-based decision making on a decentralized basis. Innovative functionalities are being provided, including integrated GIS modules and school-based functionalities. The EMIS is being reoriented to respond to the needs of local government, communities and parents as its principal clients, to improve capacity to use information at the headquarters, district, and local levels, and increase public demand for information.
UhuruOne and Zantel (both local internet service providers) are supporting the provisioning of internet bandwidth, networking, and training on the use of wireless and fixed networks. UhuruOne is acting as the technology advisor in Mtwara, and Zantel is acting as the technology advisor in Zanzibar on all connectivity needs in the context of this public-private partnership.
The effective date of the 21st Century Basic Education Program is January 1, 2011. The estimated completion date is December 31, 2015. USAID is contributing $49 million over five years with $45 million in matching funds from the private sector partners.