HakiElimu’s strategic plan prioritizes strengthening HakiElimu’s capacities to advocate and influence change around quality of learning, good governance, transparency, democracy and accountability. The capacity building will prioritize areas of evidenced based research, critical evaluations to learn what works and how; as well as results based management and reporting. This strategy seeks to create lasting, meaningful change in education and democracy in Tanzania.
While HakiElimu recognizes many challenges in the education sector in Tanzania, we will only focus on a few issues and areas of priorities that will have a wide impact at the end of five years. This strategy outlines specific actions to implement. This means education that focuses on learners’ outcomes, not just infrastructure and access; education that promotes active citizen engagement, human rights, equity and democracy, good governance and transparency; education that prepares children to be confident, creative, inquisitive, and civil. This program strategy will be more focused: rather than attempting to solve every problem in the education sector, it will focus on the areas that have the most impact as indicated in the following outcomes:
1. Children are in schools and actively learning.
The complex context of quality of learning presents a number of challenges in relation to management, financing and provision of learning inside the classroom. The strategy will strive to conduct further research as well as use other current research to advocate and stimulate debate around these issues. To achieve this outcome, the strategy will galvanize efforts and resources towards making substantial contributions to improving the effectiveness of funding allocations to schools, accountability and policy decisions that impact learning. The strategy will focus also on improving literacy and numeracy and realizing an education that equips children with the capacities of critical thinking and creativity. The language of instruction in Tanzania is purportedly a considerable barrier to the provision of quality education, and therefore emphasis will be put on advocating for increased competency in the language of instruction. HakiElimu’s capacity to advocate aggressively and strategically will be further strengthened by deepening the organization’s knowledge through evidence-based research, advocacy, evaluations and demonstration of what works in improving the quality of learning as well as documenting and reporting effective results.
2. Citizens are informed, confident and actively engaged
This outcome will be achieved by promoting greater and more active citizens’ representation and engagement in democracy and education, addressing imbalances of men and women in the Friends of Education movement and strengthening the Friends of Education movement to create a wider impact. The program will seek to ensure that citizens are informed so that they may critically analyze education and democracy issues, promote creative solutions, monitor the activities of local and national leaders and hold them to account as needed. We will also emphasize active learning and improved literacy among citizens in general, stimulate imaginative and critical debates, raise citizens’ voices and mobilize citizens to take positive actions in improving governance, accountability and service delivery. Friends will be facilitated to form strong and sustainable movements and networks. The program will also document and share case studies or models of best practices that acheive active citizen engagement in education and democracy issues.
3. Government is open, responsive and accountable
Transparency and accountability in the use of public resources are increasingly recognized as key ingredients in development and governance. As such, a key aim will be to promote transparency of public policy and budget documents to improve development results, including learning outcomes. This strategy will advocate for public access to information concerning the budget process, policy formulation and implementation and performance results. We will push for the timely provision of information so as to provide citizens sufficient opportunities to independently analyze it, understand and interpret the data and provide inputs. We will also focus on securing space for citizens to meaningfully engage in the policy and budget processes. The strategy will also work to influence government institutions and Parliamentarians to not only open doors for citizen participation and consultation but also listen to and embrace new ideas and innovations presented by citizens, CSOs and other stakeholders who aim to improve transparency, responsibility, accountability, governance, human rights, democratic decisions and education.
HakiElimu will build upon its research methodology so as to continue to conduct critical, evidence-based research to strengthen the advocacy around vital issues that improve the quality of policy development, implementation and practice, deepen transparency, expand good governance and achieve citizen engagement and democratic decisions in the education sector.
- The proposed strategic plan will focus on enhancing capacities to ensure work is more articulated and focused on key issues so as to create sound analytical positions that will help inform and engage key actors and the public.
- HakiElimu will develop an effective, robust and quick way to facilitate a deeper understanding of what is occurring in education and share this understanding with the wider public. Furthermore, HakiElimu will create practical ways and mechanisms for citizens to make a difference in education and democracy.
- HakiElimu will work to strengthen its creativity, innovation and exploration of new knowledge in order to contribute to the highest-quality solutions to improving the quality of learning.
- HakiElimu will build on its strengths, stretch its capacities further and explore cutting-edge discoveries “to move from good to great.”
- HakiElimu will engage in more rigorous evaluations, question our assumptions, learn what works and acknowledge the gaps/weaknesses of actors and stakeholders in realizing further incentives for growth. This will entail undertaking a more practical, rigorous self-assessment/evaluation of our performance, being prepared to drop activities which appear to have little impact and realigning the organizational structure to better fit our mission.
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