Uwezo Tanzania National Training: 16th-18th October 2014
Uwezo Tanzania: Assessment Update
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
30th October 2014
Written by Moses Gasana
The Uwezo National Conference marked the last but crucial training workshop to equip District and Regional Coordinators with necessary skills to train Uwezo volunteers to conduct the 2014 assessment in Tanzania. The Uwezo Tanzania National Conference was held from 16th-18th October in Dodoma, Tanzania. It was an avenue to share experiences and get feedback concerning the accomplishment of the first activity among many activities (pre-assessment) before getting into the next activities. The training brought together three main groups of participants: District Coordinators, Regional Coordinators and National Facilitators. Representing the Uwezo Regional Office was Mr Daniel Mwaringa – a seasoned Uwezo veteran who has facilitated trainings and workshops on behalf of Uwezo in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
In addition to testing children aged 6-16 in basic literacy and numeracy skills, this year the Uwezo Tanzania Assessment will be testingchildren’s visual acuity, in order to extract crucial information on the obstacles hindering pupils from learning. The National Conference provided a final opportunity for District and Regional Coordinators to perfect their understanding of testing visual acuity before going to train volunteers for Uwezo National Assessment.
The Guest of Honour was the Regional Education Officer for Dodoma. He acknowledged that the findings of the Uwezo assessment show weaknesses in the education sector; admitting that it is important to show the reality even if it is painful. He urged the participants to be careful to perform their responsibilities correctly and diligently so that accurate information is collected and that Uwezo are able to gain an accurate measure of learning levels in the region. He also said that the government of Tanzania is very respectful of the research that Uwezo Tanzania conducts, and that is why it gives permission to conduct the assessment.
In one of his remarks, he said that in 2012, a total of 1,165 children sat for Standard Seven National Examination without knowing how to read and write! However, he mentioned that during last year exams only 205 standard seven leavers in Dodoma Region were found not able to read and write. The target is to have 0.
Quality education is the responsibility of all of us. Let’s work to create change now!