In 2016 we partnered with local schools and regional politicians, as well as professors from the University of Brighton to develop a conference and two-day workshop that brought together Head Teachers and government education officers. Participants were able to share the challenges faced by rural schools as well as to identify ways to support the transformation of primary education in the Ngorongoro District of Tanzania.
There are hundreds of thousands of students in Tanzania who receive a sub-standard of education, in part due to the absence of teacher development. Many Head Teachers and teachers have hardly any training before entering a class.
Over 100 people attended the conference, including 60 Head Teachers and government officers. 12 Head Teachers then attended a professional development workshop led by Professor David Stephens.
A further two-day mentoring workshop welcomed 30 Head Teachers and 30 academic officers.
Post-event analysis revealed a high level of satisfaction from the attendees. Participants not only requested further training but also longer training. They saw the benefit.
Some of the schools have since improved their position in government league tables. One school in particular achieved both 1st and 2nd in two different tables, and a neighbouring school was awarded a certificate by the Minister for Education as one of the most improved schools in Tanzania.