By Azania Post Reporter
The World Bank, Tanzania office has revealed its global support to Tanzania’s education sector that is is currencly at USD 381million.
However the funds are distributed according to different programmes both in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
In its statement entailing the visit of the Bank’s education senior director,Jaime Saavedra, the Bank said it has currently Us$202million for the education programme-for-results focusing on improving education quality in Tanzania primary and secondary schools.
According to the statement , there is about US$120million currently for the education and skills for productive jobs program-for-results aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of the skills development system.
The money also works to promote the expansion and quality of labor market driven skills development opportunities in tourism and hospitality, agriculture, agribusiness and agri-processing; transport and logistics, construction; information and communications technology (ICT) and energy.
The East and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project for Tanzania has US$24 million for strengthening selected Eastern and Southern African higher education institutions in eight participating countries, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Mozambique to deliver quality post-graduate education .
The funds are also meant to enable the institutions to build collaborative research capacity in the regional priority areas (industry, agriculture, health, education and applied statistics).
The Bank said the project covers 24 Africa Centers of Excellence in the region.
“In Tanzania, ACE II includes support to four research centers, two each at Sokoine University in Morogoro and Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha,” it explained.
As for Zanzibar, the World Bank has a programme worth US$35million for improving students prospects . It actually aims at improving the quality of instruction and learning environment in targeted grades in upper primary and lower secondary , specifically standard five for primary and form two for secondary school, and subjects focusing on Mathematics, Science, and English.
The bank said Zanzibar programme focuses on four key areas including transforming the way Math, Science and English is taught and improving school autonomy, equipping them with resources and incentives to improve the quality of instruction and learning environment.
It also focuses on providing learning facilities and resources to classrooms and learning spaces for improved Math, Science and English and transforming the national education system – including examination reforms, enhanced student support at the school level; and improved data systems and project monitoring and evaluation.