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Examining the adult and non-formal education sub-sector in Tanzania

7 July 2015

In order to identify key issues and challenges in Tanzania’s adult and non-formal education sub-sector which need to be addressed in the new Education Sector Development Plan (ESDP 2016 – 2025), the Tanzanian Department of Adult and Non-Formal Education (ANFE) convened a meeting in Dar-es-Salaam on 12 June 2015.

Participants included 16 senior staff from the Department of Adult and Non-Formal Education, the Institute of Adult Education, the Open University of Tanzania, the Tanzanian Education Network, the School Inspectorate, the National Literacy Centre Mwanza, Folk Development Colleges and the Departments of TVET and Policy and Planning.

UIL had requested this consultative meeting to better understand the current situation and issues affecting the sub-sector. A lack of funds thwarted the implementation of a couple of activities which had been included in the Adult and Non-formal Education Development Plan 2013 – 2016/17, and most projects are still at pilot stage. A major challenge is reaching out to a larger proportion of the out-of-school population while building a learning system with alternative pathways.