Equal Right Project

6The equal Right Projects; We want to transform the education of girls (Boys) in Tanzania. Our Equal Rights Project five years project (2014 – 2019) is designed to bring about lasting changes in six districts in northern Tanzania – Ngorongoro, Monduli, Longido, Karatu, Mbulu and Kilolo
Funded by Comic Relief, the project will be managed by African Initiative and implemented in partnership with the Community Aid and Small Enterprise Consultancy (CASEC), Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC) and Community Research and Development Service (CORDs). Together, we will be working with Parents, Schools, Ward Development Committees, District Education Authorities, School Committees and School Boards, Head Teachers, Head Master and teachers to drive the project forward. By encouraging everyone to get involved, we will give child protection the focus it deserves and at the same time, will improve access to education for marginalized groups.
The project has five outcomes:
Improving Access to Education, Improving Quality of Education, Improving Governance and Security of Schools, Improving Transition and strengthen capacity of implementing partner organizations. Teachers training will be provided, establishment and strengthens of health Clubs & Schools Baraza, working closely with school Inspectors, Improve transition period from standard seven to form 1 . The project is focus on 10 primary schools and 5 secondary schools as pilot schools per district. We believe that if all stakeholders will work together that is parents, teachers, students, community leaders, Ward Education Officer and District Education Officer in more cooperative way will bring positive impact to success of project in five years to come.

Equal Right to Education Launch Workshop was conducted at Arusha on 6th October 2014 the workshop was attended by District Officials from Kilolo, Mbulu, Karatu, Longido, Ngorongoro, and Monduli as well as representative of CASEC ( www.casec-tz.org), PWCs (www.pastoral womenscouncil.org) , CORDs (www.cordstz.org) and African Initiatives (African-initiatives.org.uk)
The overall aim of the workshop was for stakeholders, particularly district officials to learn more and to had clear picture of the project, agree on implementation plan of year one and discussion on Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) District Officials agreed in principle to develop project relate MOU. This is to ensure that each party is clear about their roles and responsibilities in relation to the project. The MOU also refers to the resources and information which can be shared to reduce costs and increase project effectiveness.

Those are representatives from District Officials which are District Education Officer who also represent District Executive Director from their district, CASEC, PWCs, & CORDS who are the implementer of the project in Tanzania and African Initiatives responsible for manage the project.

KAP survey was conducted at four districts with the aim of looking at the perception of both project stakeholders that is girls, boys, teachers, parents, school boards, school committees and village leaders concerning their attitudes toward girls (boys) education and on education in general. By understand what stakeholders thought and why they acted differently concerning education at the begging of the project will help us to understand at the end of the project whether the project had an impact or not.
Some of the changes we hope to see at the end of the project include: more community members recognising the value of both boys’ and girls’ education, more community members recognising the risk factors for girls getting pregnant, greater confidence among schoolgirls about their life goals and also participation in class, improved teaching methodology, for example more group work and more pupil involvement.
KAP survey was conducted and supervised by Naomi Rouse UK consultancy where CASEC provide team of enumerators which was coordinated by project staff from CASEC (Rose Marimbo & Bensons Chuwa). In each school pupils / students, parents, teachers, school boards, school committees and village leaders were selected randomly to form a sample. Per district three schools were selected to form a sample whereby per school 15- 18 students, 5 teachers, 5 parents and 5 village leader were interviewed.

Introduction of the project at district, ward and school level was conducted from January 2015 up to February 2015 in both three district whereby all 15 schools (10 primary and 5 secondary) were visited per district the total of 45 schools were visited. Participants in school meetings included teachers, school committees for primary school, School Boards for secondary school, village leaders, parents’ representatives, and Wards Development Committees (WDC) representatives
At school level meetings, the team introduced CASEC, main partners and the project, while the main activity was clarification of project goals and its outcomes. Participants followed careful the discussion and were active in asking questions in all meetings. All questions were answered and issues clarified by CASEC staff and District officials; the situation which enabled participants to get clear picture about the Equal Right Project.

Project summary, Project Launch Workshop report and Draft Club Training Manuals were used as references during plenary presentation and discussions. The action plan for the remaining year one activities was shared during schools meetings. Stakeholders were informed and agreed on key roles and responsibilities to be played by school management team as stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding.