To measurably improve education outcomes in villages and regions with exceptionally poor education quality through project grants and local training.
To expand the relevance of education at the local level through amplifying community voice in education systems.
To generate potential for future growth in all sectors through increased community-driven initiative and the formalization of partnerships with the government and among schools.
To provide research on community-driven outcomes that inform a broad audience of development actors.
Current Study – Singida District:
The Singida District was chosen for the first study of CDE because it is among the worst performing districts in the country at both primary and secondary levels. It has the second lowest primary school pass rate in Tanzania (39%) and the worst student-classroom ratio (122 students per classroom on average).
To select schools, local facilitators use detailed school and community assessments gathered from school management committees as well district government. Schools are selected based on criteria that include classroom to enrolment ratios, student to teacher ratios, availability of water, quality of latrines and other school infrastructure, levels of previous and current external support, etc.
For the current study, a short-list of 15 schools were further narrowed down to four similar schools. Two of these schools were randomly chosen to receive the CDE program first, while the other two were randomly assigned to wait for their CDE program until after the study. Though the first study is small, it serves as a learning tool to help us continuously respond to high-quality data on our impact as we grow the CDE program.