A World Bank program to benefit over 12 million children in Tanzania: The Tribune India

Dar Es Salaam, December 23

The World Bank has approved $ 500 million that will benefit more than 12 million children in preschool and primary education in mainland Tanzania, the bank said in a statement.

The program called “BOOST Primary Student Learning Program for Results” aims to make preschool and primary education better and more accessible in the East African country, the Xinhua news agency reported citing the statement released on Wednesday.

The statement said the World Bank-supported education program will help make Tanzanian primary schools safer, more inclusive, child-friendly, and improve teachers’ knowledge of subject content.

The overall goal is to ensure an education system that helps all children, including the most marginalized, to enroll early, develop strong basic skills and receive a quality education, the statement said.

The program which has been formulated jointly with the government and other development partners will support the Tanzanian government’s education sector development plan over the next five years by providing results-based funding to catalyze reforms, according to the press release.

“Tanzania has made significant progress in education by expanding access and reducing gender disparities in basic education,” said Mara Warwick, World Bank Country Director for Tanzania.

“Investing in the education of vulnerable young children, especially girls, is a critical element in accelerating the country’s progress towards inclusive growth, poverty reduction and stronger upward mobility for all Tanzanians”, a- she declared.

Primary school enrollment in Tanzania has increased since 2013, the statement said, adding that mainland Tanzania now has 12.3 million students attending pre-primary and primary classes.

Nonetheless, Tanzania’s education sector remains constrained by several key factors, including inequitable access to early learning and primary education for marginalized and vulnerable rural groups, inadequate school learning environments exacerbated by declining funding and increasing school populations, and a shortage of teachers and poor teacher skills, the statement said. IANS

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