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New Education Sector Development Plan for Tanzania

27 April 2016

A new Education Sector Development Plan (ESDP) for Tanzania for the next ten years is underway. Tanzania has been working with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and other UNESCO teams on the new ESDP since 2015, and the process is scheduled for completion by the end of May 2016. Once complete, the plan is expected to cater for the learning needs of the around 8 million youth and adults in Tanzania who are reported to lack literacy and numeracy skills and the more than four million children who are out of school. The new ESDP will also inform Tanzania’s Second Five-Year Development Plan and other sub-sector plans later this year.

Government representatives and a team of UNESCO experts convened a workshop in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, from 15 to 18 March 2016 to work on the plan and design priority programmes that will be included in the ESDP. UIL’s contribution focused on the development of outcomes and strategies for the adult and non-formal education sub-sector.

In the coming years, it is important that the ESDP improve equitable access to education in order to increase the number of people completing basic education. Particular attention needs to be paid to vulnerable groups. UIL will continue to support the Government of Tanzania in order to ensure that a lifelong learning perspective is incorporated into the new Education Sector Development Plan for Tanzania.