CORE Tanzania’s mission is to increase access to quality education in rural Tanzania.
We envision a future where every child in rural Tanzania is educated to reach his or her maximum potential, creating village communities that are thriving both economically and socially, and contributing to a positive and sustainable future for the country.
According to a 2014 UNDP report, the state of education in Tanzania is “alarming.”
The recent rapid expansion of school enrollment in Tanzania is being achieved at the expense of quality and is leaving many rural communities behind. Nearly one-fifth of the students who enroll in primary school drop out, and passing rates for the primary school-leaving test have plummeted, from 54 percent passing in 2007 to only 31 percent passing in 2012. Twenty percent of rural children ages seven to thirteen are out of school, versus only five percent of urban children. Village schools have difficulty attracting qualified teachers and are often severely over-crowded and lacking in resources. At the existing government school in Bushasha village some classrooms have as many as 100 students taught by a single teacher, students are packed shoulder-to-shoulder at their desks, there are no visual aids other than rudimentary blackboards and a few tattered newsprint charts, no library, no playing fields, and pit latrines with no reliable on-site source of water for hand-washing. Rural families have little or no choice in where to send their children to school, since the only other option would be a private boarding school in town, with a cost well out-of-reach for most villagers.
Disparities in educational access and quality between rural and urban areas in Tanzania put rural communities at a serious disadvantage, leaving them vulnerable to entrenched poverty.