Inspired by the Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) approach, we assist children to learn according to their levels.
We use various participatory approaches to engage with communities and local leaders, we share Uwezo assessment findings to create awareness of the citizens on the status of learning outcomes among their children in their locality.
We aim to trigger public discussions about quality education and related challenges and stimulate community and leaders’ responses for collective action to improve pupils’ attendance in school and learning outcomes.
Uwezo’s main goals are to contribute to improved learning outcomes by generating independent data on levels of learning outcomes especially in basic literacy and numeracy among children aged 6-16 years to stimulate evidence-based policies that would result in equitable learning for all children. Later from 2012 to 2019 Uwezo in the three countries were merged to Twaweza East Africa. Uwezo Tanzania, just like Uwezo Uganda and Uwezo Kenya, was finally registered as an independent NGO in 2020.
For the past 10 years, Uwezo has conducted a citizen-led learning assessment in 159 districts of Tanzania mainland, and the results revealed the actual status of literacy and numeracy competencies among the children. For example, in 2017, 62% of children in class 3 could read a Kiswahili story while only 48% of the children in class 7 could read a simple English story of class 2 level. These findings are used to engage with policy actors and citizens to address the learning crisis. Uwezo has used the citizen-led learning assessment approach and methodology pioneered by the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) in India, in which trained citizen volunteers carry out learning assessments on children’s competencies in literacy and numeracy at the households