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:



The Children's Agenda

TEN/MET is a member of UNICEF's Children's Agenda Coalition.

"The Children’s Agenda (CA) is a coalition of civil society organisations who are committed advocates for child rights and are collaborating on the development and implementation of a national advocacy strategy for child rights in Tanzania. The coalition is chaired by the Children’s Development Department of the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children (MCDGC) with the Deputy Chair occupied by an elected member from civil society. UNICEF supports the secretariat of the Children’s Agenda. The Children’s Agenda aims to influence party manifestos and policies through advocacy for increased resources and commitment to children, and to ensure child rights feature strongly in the 2015 national and local elections."

More information, and resources available for download are available on the Coalition's UNICEF Website, or periodically on the TEN/MET website Publications link in the menu to the left. The mid-year Review of the Children's Agenda is now available on this website at this link.

COP 2013

The Fifth Community of Practices for Learner-Centred Education (COP) Conference January 28 & 29, 2013. The Tanzania Education Network/Mtandao wa Elimu Tanzania (TEN/MET), in cooperation with OXFAM GB, organized the Conference from January 28th-29th, 2013.

The conference theme was “Improving Assessment to enhance Learning”. The purpose was to bring together key education stakeholders, i.e. Government Officials, Teachers in schools, College Tutors, Academics, Education Officers, School Inspectors, Curriculum Developers, NECTA, and Education CSOs, to share ideas/experiences and work out ways on how to improve the quality of education in Tanzania through improving assessment.

The titles of the presentations were:

  • Modes & Nature of Assessment
  • How Assessment Relates with Expected Outcomes
  • How Language Affects Learning & Assessment
  • Feedback from and to Different Actors

The presentations were given by renown Tanzanian educationalists.

The following papers are available for download on the website. Except for the Keynote, which is listed first, papers are denoted by the authors' last name, in alphabetical order. Papers are in PDF format. For more information on previous COP conferences, click the "COP" tag below this article. The final report on the conference is being edited and will soon be available on the website for download.




PEDP III Now available

The new Primary Education Development Programme III outline is now available for download on the website at this link, or on the Publications link on the Main Menu at the left of the screen.


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