The Tanzania Development Vision 2025 and Tanzania’s National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (NSGRP, more commonly known by its Swahili acronym – “MKUKUTA”) policies consider education as a strategic tool for changing Tanzanians through equipping them with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes, which will enable them to competently and competitively cope with the national and international challenges posed by globalization, and hence improve quality of life style.Since 2015, Tanzania is one of the few countries that charge lower secondary fees. However even with this great achievement there have been observed challenges in the Tanzania Education sector that include;
  • Decreasing trends in enrollment, pass rates and even completion
  • Inadequate loans for students
  • Dilapidated infrastructure
  • Inadequacy of learning and teaching materials
  • Shortage of equipment and teachers especially in maths, science and language subjects.



The figure ( fig 1) show that majority 80% of 10.3 Million children are in Primary schools.
However,26% have not gone to primary school which is attained as 11% have no formal education and 15% have not completed primary school.
According to this figure; 61% of female children are out of school compared to 51% of males. The biggest disparity is observed between poorest and richest. 
According to the Ministry for Education and Vocational Training There is observed poor performance in Primary School Leaving Examination ( PSLE) especially for girls. As of 2009, the average pass rate was 43.2% for girls and 55.6% for boys.
The poor performance and poor rates of students that complete either primary or secondary education is due to high absorption of these students into vocational training colleges to gain self employment. 
The low participation and enrolment of A Level graduates into universities particularly in Mathematics, Sciences and Languages has posed a significant challenge in the region’s employment and economic sector.


School Entrance Age: Primary School- Age 7 
Duration and Official Ages for School Cycle;
Primary: 7 years- Ages 7-13
Secondary: 6 years- Age 14-19
Academic Year; Start: January End: November

Growth Through Learning in Tanzania

In Tanzania, Growth Through Learning works through the Sisters of the Assumption Order in Moshi, where Sister Lucy Diu and Sister Consolata Mosha coordinates scholarships and assistance to the GTL girls.

 Currently the following schools are within the programs;

For more information and recent reports on education in Tanzania, go to the Tanzania page on the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMECQ) website.