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Our Roots

HakiElimu (Kiswahili for ‘Right to Education’) is a registered Non-Governmental Organization, established in 2001 by 13 Tanzanian Founding Members. Our history is rooted in the ambition of the founder members – “ citizens, if actively involved in education governance, can make a difference in the education sector”.

Today, we are the leading national experts in education, policy analysis, and advocacy. In  2019 we emerged the overall winner of The African Civil Society Excellence Awards, and we also won in two categories, “Strategic Ability and Adaptability” and “Leadership and Governance”.

The Vision

An open, just, and democratic Tanzania where all people enjoy the right to an education that promotes equity, creativity, and critical thinking.

The Mission

Seek to facilitate and promote the transformation of education, both in and out of schools by influencing policy-making and their effective implementation; stimulating public dialogue and social change; conducting research, policy analysis and advocacy; and collaborating with partners to advance participation, accountability, transparency, and social justice.

Our Core Values

The 10 values at the center of our brand, culture, and work are:

Commitment to social justice and human rights


Mutual respect and non-discrimination

Gender equity and awareness


Highest ethical standards


Passion for quality





Transparency and honesty

Results orientation


Commitment to reflection and learning


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