Early Marriage Threat to Girls' Education

The following websites have excellent articles on the problem of early marriage in Tanzania. A practice rooted in poverty, early marriage results in physiologically premature child bearing, the perpetuation of poverty among women. and the spread of HIV and other STIs.

A fourth website article from CIDA Canada, details the profound favourable implications for poverty reduction of allowing girls to continue and complete their education. The articles are at:

Photograph courtesy CIDA Canada.

Intervita & Acra Case Studies now available on website

Intervita and Acra, two Italian NGOs, Intervita being both a TEN/MET member and a 2013 GAW Committee member, have given us their case studies from Global Action Week in Ludewa for posting on our website. They are available at the following links:

Case stories English

Case stories Swahili.

Each file is just over one MB in size. For more information in English about Intervita and their work in Tanzania, please visit their website.

GAW 2013 wraps up in Lindi

Global Action Week wrapped up in Lindi last Saturday April 27. The theme for this year was "Every child needs a teacher". A full report will be published shortly on the TEN/MET website. Below is a representative sample of photographs taken in the course of the GAW events at Lindi.

GAW in Lindi 2013 in pictures
Activity
Children attending event
Children listen
Children
Speaker making a point
Children listen to speaker
Listening to closing remarks

 

TEN/MET Literacy & Assessment Statement

TEN/MET in collaboration with OXFAM GB and Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation, recently organized the Conference of the fifth Community of Practice (COP) for Learner Centred Education, and the Sixth Quality Education Conference (QEC).

The Fifth COP, its theme being “Improving Assessment to Enhance Learning” took place from 28th-29th January 2013. The sixth QEC was held from 4th-5th March 2013 with the theme, “Basic Literacy and Numeracy for All”.

These conferences link professionals and help generate ideas to enhance education policies and practices. The two themes were purposefully selected as pertinent issues in discussing quality education in our country.

In the recent years the nation has experienced low learning outcomes in our schools. The situation has escalated to the extent that primary school candidates pass Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) without having basic literacy skills and in the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE), the majority of candidates fail in the examinations.

This is an indication that the quality of education in our country is below expectations.

In this regard, TEN/MET is today (March 27, 2013) issuing a statement intended to address the issues of assessment and basic literacy as a solution to enhancing and improving learning outcomes. The best practices and recommendations for implementation have been extracted from the two conferences’ proceedings and outputs.

The full statement in PDF format is available for download at this link.

Quality Education Conference 2013

The Sixth annual Quality Education Conference was held in Dar es Salaam from March 4th to 5th, 2013. The event was held with the financial assistance of TEN/MET partners Oxfam GB and Pestalozzi Children's Foundation. This year's theme was "Basic Literacy and Numeracy for All". There were four sub-themes:

  • Teacher education - pre and InSet
  • Literacy and numeracy on the school curriculum
  • Broadening the base for different literacies
  • Books and reading.

The following papers are available for download on the website at the links below:

 

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