Organised by the Tanzania Education Network (TENMET), the conference is expected to draw over 200 participants including key leaders and officials from public, private sector, and Civil Society Organisations from inside and outside the country.
Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, TENMET national coordinator Ochola Wayoga said that the fate of higher learning education will be discussed intensively so as to come up with deliberate solutions to help the group.
“This is forum , which will be held from May 18 to 20, this year, will bring together education stakeholders from across the globe to discuss issues that affect the achievement of quality education in Tanzania and collectively chart a way forward on how to address them. For the last eleven years TENMET has been organizing, at national level, the quality education conference and its deliberations have immensely contributed towards improving the education sector in the country,” he said.
Wayoga said that every child should have the right to education anywhere in the world citing that there was no way the country could succeed in the race of fighting poverty without investing in education.
“Despite strides made by the government and stakeholders to improve the education sector and increase enrolment, there is still a good number of children who are not in school due to various reasons including poor learning facilities, long walking distances, early marriages and pregnancies, poverty and poor nutrition,” he noted.
He said that the conference will also discuss the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in learning and teaching, contribution of the government in strengthening education during disasters and the role of stakeholders in supporting the improvement of education in the country.
Wayoga said that everyone has a role to contribute to ensure that children receive a quality education.
“We still have gaps in the access to quality and inclusive education. Fifteen agendas will be discussed in an aim meant to improve education in the country. The conference will be attended by teachers, parents, envoys, academicians and several others,” he added.
He commended stakeholders and development partners for their contribution to enable success of the conference. They include the Swedish embassy, Global Partnership for Education through the Education Out Loud project, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) through Action Aid Tanzania, Pestalozzi and the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) among others.
TENMET envisions ‘a national education system through which every Tanzanian child has the opportunity to engage in quality and inclusive education’. This vision is achieved through its mission of ‘Coordinating and strengthening vibrant Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Tanzania through networking, capacity building, research and advocacy. The main focus areas for the organization are: Access, Equity and Quality inclusive education.