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What we Do

We engage across all areas in the education sector. Under the current 2022 – 2026 Strategic Plan, the key priorities are:

  • The use of Kiswahili as a  language of instruction and assessment at secondary level  
  • The government to establish and implement re-entry guideline to allow teen mothers and other dropouts to return to school.
  • The use of mixed assessment system in order to capture diversity of learners.
  • Safe and equitable learning environment that support all children to reach their full potential
  • Flexible education system that allows alternative pathways on top of academic achievements
  • Change from traditional teaching/transmission to interactive/learner-centred methods
  • Change of ETP and Curriculum to improve relevance of education and ensure learners acquire 21st century skills and competences including climate change.
  • Change of curriculum for teacher education to ensure graduates are competent on subject matter and pedagogy
  • Improved teacher’s capacity to implement competence-based curriculum
  • Supportive learning and teaching environment for girls and children with disabilities
  • Strengthening Citizen movement to influence change
  • Advocate for democratic culture in schools
  • Access to information, freedom of expression and association.
  • Increased citizen participation in the budget processes.
  • Improved budget openness through timely publication of budget documents.
  • Policy planning and implementation reflecting citizens’ priorities.
  • Increased resources allocation in the education sector to reflect international commitment ratified by the government.
  • Strengthening Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL).
  • Strengthening resources mobilization and partnerships.
  • Strengthening financial management systems and procedures.
  • Improving staff capacity and governance stems.

HakiElimu generates evidence of the learning and teaching environment in Tanzania through research, policy and budget analysis, and piloting innovations. We use this evidence to advocate for improved policy and education financing.

Our evidence-based advocacy targets both citizens and policy makers with messages and calls to action. We utilise a number of platforms including publications, television, national and local radio, and social media, as well as direct engagement through conferences, policy forums and strategic meetings to stimulate national debate and seek commitments from the country’s leaders. 

Lasting change must be driven by citizens at community and national level, so we empower (all) people to transform education. Working through our grassroots movement of more than 40,000 Friends of Education (Volunteers) we enhance the voice and participation of all citizens, so they can assume ownership of their development and advance democracy.

We achieve this by translating complex concepts into easy to understand information and delivering national multimedia campaigns to raise awareness of citizens on key education issues. We also build the capacity of the Friends of Education, providing them with the knowledge and tools to; monitor policy implementation and engage in locally led advocacy to hold local leaders to account; lead imaginative public dialogues; deliver Theatre for Development and local radio talk shows to raise awareness and promote citizens action on education challenges; and promote creative local solutions to effect social change that will improve education.

The Friends of Education are also increasingly working alongside HakiElimu to strengthen school committees and child protection committees.

Our approach to increasing government and stakeholders’ responsiveness and accountability, involves working with oversight bodies and other civil societies to improve the planning processes and influence the approval and expenditure of public resources / budgets for inclusive and quality education.

We engage MPs before, during and after the budgeting process to influence education budget allocation, approval and disbursement. We conduct pre and post budget surveys and share the findings with MPs to inform their discussions during budget sessions.

Once budgets are approved we focus on oversight bodies, such as Local Government Authorities (LGAs), head teachers and school committees, building their capacity to understand policies and budgets and their roles in implementing them.

We also work through CSOs and citizens/Friends of Education who implement Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) and Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys (PETS) to monitor accountability levels, and specifically the utilization of resources allocated by the government against funding spent on planned education activities to combat resource misuse.

Current Interventions

Civic Education to Increase Youth Engagement in Democratic Processes in Tanzania

The overall objective of this project is to increase active and meaningful engagement of Tanzanian youths aged 14-19 years in democratic processes in the country. Read More


Girl’s Retention and Transition Initiative (GRTI)

The Girls Retention and Transition Initiative (GRTI) seeks to ensure that girls complete their schooling, and become young empowered women, earning their income and support families as well as contribute to the economic growth of their communities and the country. Read More

Promotion of Girls Education through Education Champion Network (ECN)

In this project, HakiElimu is engaging citizens to address harmful social norms in advancing equity and quality in education using data, research and success stories to influence internal financing and policies, leading to improved livelihood among girls in Tanzania. Read More

The Good School (Shule Bora)

HakiElimu has adopted The Good School model developed by Raising Voices in Uganda, which has proven to have a positive impact, reducing the prevalence of all forms of violence from teachers and peers toward both girls and boys. Read More

Previous Interventions

Je Tuko Pamoja (Are We Together?)

HakiElimu is advocating for improved learning and teaching environments for children living with unique learning needs due to disability. Read More


Mwanzo Mzuri (A Good Start)

Mwanzo Mzuri intends to ensure that young Tanzanians will be enrolled in high quality and safe pre-primary education, which improves school readiness and supports them to reach their full potential. Read More

Our Coverage


We are spread across 26 regions, through media advocacy campaigns and Friends of Education Network, working directly with 127 schools (65 primary and 62 secondary schools) across 22 districts:

Muleba, Serengeti, Kigoma, Geita, Kilosa, Bariadi, Ukerewe, Tunduru, Masasi, Kilwa, Mkuranga, Moshi DC, Korogwe DC, Arusha DC, Njombe, Mbeya, Sumbawanga DC, Tabora, Mpwapwa, Iramba, Musoma, Babati.

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