The Government of Tanzania has launched today Fursa Kwa Watoto (Kiswahili for “opportunities for children”), a program aimed at improving the quality of and access to pre-primary education for all children in mainland Tanzania. Led by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, the program is funded by Dubai Cares, UNICEF and the Hewlett Foundation and implemented by national, regional and local governments and partners such as Children in Crossfire, Aga Khan University, Maarifa ni Ufunguo and TAHEA. The evaluation component, which will produce important data on pre-primary education in Tanzania, is led by Mathematica Policy Research with Corporate Social Responsibility Group Africa (CSR).
At a press conference marking the launch of the program, Mr. Nicolas Buretta, Acting Director of Basic Education, said: “The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training is proud to lead the Fursa kwa Watoto initiative, in partnership with Dubai Cares, UNICEF, Children in Crossfire and other important partners. Pre-primary education is a key priority for the nation, and Fursa kwa Watoto is contributing valuable experience and evidence on the strategies we will need to expand quality pre-primary education for all children in Tanzania.
A delegation led by Dubai Cares’ Chief Executive Officer Tariq Al Gurg and consisting of United Arab Emirates-based media and Dubai Cares employees arrived in the country earlier this week and plans to visit schools to take stock of the program’s implementation on the ground so far.