Out Of School Children

Globally, 84 million children will be out of school by 2030 if no urgent extra measures are taken (UNESCO 2022). In Tanzania, 3.6 million children comprised of 1.3 million primary school aged 7-13 years and 2.3 million secondary school aged children 14-17 years are out of school (The Ministry of Education and UNICEF Tanzania’s Verification of out of school children Study, March 2018).

To respond to this high number of out of school children, Tanzania government is implementing various Programmes to support girls and boys who have not attended to enroll and who have dropped to return to primary or secondary schools through:

  • The Complimentary Basic Education (COBET) Programme in Tanzania commonly known locally as Mpango wa Elimu ya Msingi kwa walioikosa (MEMKWA). Read more by opening COBET Enrolment by Cohort and Sex, 2023.csv at https://www.tamisemi.go.tz/singleministers/basic_education_data_2023 and
  • The Tanzania Programme to return back to schools children who have dropped from primary or secondary schools for various reasons. Read More by opening Mwongozo wa Kuwarejesha Wanafunzi waliokatiza masomo katika elimu ya Msingi na Sekondari kwa sababu mbali mbali athttps://www.moe.go.tz/en/publications/guidelines-and-circulars-miongozo-na-nyaraka

The Tanzania government has said, it will not be able to alone support, all girls and boys who have not attended to enroll and who have dropped, to return back to primary or secondary schools. The government invites various stakeholders including CHESO to enable Tanzania, by 2023 achieve Sustainable Development goal’s target 4.1 under which Tanzania committed to ensure that all girls and boys attend and complete free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education.