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We intend to re-invent Tanzania’s network of Teacher Resource Centres to provide comprehensive and relevant career counselling to youth

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Tanzania has a youth unemployment crisis. Lacking skills & qualifications to be competitive in the growing, but limited, labour market, youth struggle to advance their lives. The national network of Teachers’ Resource Centres (TRCs), intended to provide professional development (proD) and resources for teachers, is under-utilized & outdated. We propose to work with clusters of TRCs to modify and expand educational services & teaching resources relevant to the context and labour market. We will develop TRCs’ capacity to: 1. Strengthen the teaching of ICT & digital skills and communication, planning, strategic thinking and decision making through proD and resource development 2. Strengthen career guidance (CG) capacity • Provide teachers the opportunity to develop CG and counseling expertise • Develop CG resources for class use • Include local employers in the work of the TRCs to link the school and workplace 3. Facilitate student entrepreneurial & innovative thinking • Create business development materials with successful job creators • Design proD for teachers to support entrepreneurship and to reveal students’ skills and abilities • Link teachers & business people to provide role models and business mentoring/advice for students. Improving career readiness in youth is an imperative. Use of existing facilities and programmes will improve sustainability. Links between teachers, students and employers will reduce the gap between school and career.


• Rural youth in the target area will benefit from the development of business friendly skills, careers guidance and entrepreneurship so that they are ‘employment ready’ by the time they finish their studies. • Employers in the target area will benefit from the opportunity (by working with the TRCs) to develop the skills and attributes that they need in future employees, helping to bridge the mismatch between school leaver skills and employer requirements.


The Educational Leadership, Gender and Widening Participation (ELEGWI) Research Group sits within the Aga Khan University Tanzanian Institute of Higher Education (AKU TIHE). ELEGWI works to support the development of quality and inclusive education that is relevant to the local and regional context.


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Issues of quality, equality, social justice and inclusion are special areas of interest for this research group. Some of the activities undertaken by ELEGWI include:
  • Research girls' and boys' educational participation, challenges and opportunities
  • Design and test programmes of contextually appropriate models of educational leadership
  • Study students' participation in school governance
  • Investigate contextually relevant models and approaches to education
  • Understand and respond to local needs of educators and learners in a variety of contexts. 

AKU TIHE itself contributes to socio-economic development across East Africa. It does so by addressing the alleviation of poverty by improving the quality of education through human resource development, institutional capacity building, including partnerships with the public sector, and research. Our philosophy of change is to work towards systemic development of the education system in the region through capacity building, so that development initiatives are sustained once projects are concluded.


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