Tanzania is located in East Africa and has a population of about 53 million.


School-age Population by Education Level1









Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20181









Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20151









Percentage of female teachers in 1




Secondary (2018)


Tertiary (2012)



1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in March 2020


Literacy rate (2010)1




Adult (15+) literacy rate


Adult (15+) literacy rate



Economic Activity (2010)1




Adult (15+) economic activity


Adult (15+) economic activity



Political Decision Making (2014)1


Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament



Life expectancy (2012)1









1. COL gender country profile April 2015 


0.2 77.2
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1



1.5 9.1
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1



4 25
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1



1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in March 2020



The Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) work in Tanzania is primarily in the areas of gender, lifelong learning for farmers, open educational resources, teacher education, technical and vocational skills development and gender and the schooling and skilling of girls, through the GIRLS Inspire initiative. 


Gender is a cross-cutting theme in all of COL's work. COL aims to harness the potential of open and distance learning to expand access to education and improve learning outcomes for girls/women and boys/men by integrating a gender perspective into ODL practice and delivery. The focus is on building capacity for gender mainstreaming amongst partners in both formal and non-formal education. COL is working with Mbeya University of Science and Technology to develop an institutional gender policy. Learn more about COL's work on gender.

GIRLS Inspire

GIRLS Inspire is a special initiative that provides vulnerable and hard-to-reach women and girls with opportunities for completing schooling and receiving skills training resulting in sustainable livelihoods. The initiative aims to end harmful effects of child, early and forced marriage in rural communities and address other barriers that prevent girls' full participation in society. In Tanzania, COL is working in partnership with the Institute of Adult Education, Kiota Women Health and Development (KIWOHEDE) and Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO). Learn more about the GIRLS Inspire initiative

Lifelong Learning for Farmers

COL’s Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) initiative empowers farming communities through the use of open and distance learning on topics ranging from farming practices to financial literacy. In Tanzania, COL is working with the Matumaini Mapya Savings and Credit Cooperatives (MMSACCOs) to provide training to approximately 6,700 learners on topics such as quality farming, financial literacy and small scale enterprise development. Learn more about the Lifelong Learning for Farmers initiative

Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources play an important role in ensuring equitable access to quality learning materials across the Commonwealth and beyond. COL is committed to developing and promoting the use of open educational resources (OER) among institutions, organisations and governments through capacity building and advocacy programmes and the development of OER policies. During the past year, COL supported the Open University of Tanzania in developing OER policy frameworks. Learn more about COL’s work related to open educational resources.

Teacher Education

COL’s Teacher Education initiative focuses on providing training and continuous professional development opportunities to teachers to equip them to deliver quality education. As a part of the initiative, COL is supporting the integration of Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) in Tanzania. ORELT are learning materials collaboratively developed to support the classroom activities of teachers in junior secondary schools. They are open-content, multimedia resources in online and traditional text formats. Learn more about the Teacher Education initiative.

Technical and Vocational Skills Development

The Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TVSD) initiative supports partners to harness technology so as to increase access to improved quality skills training. A key aspect of the programme is the capacity building of partner organisations in course design and materials development. In Tanzania, Mbeya University of Science and Technology (MUST) is a member of COL’s INVEST Africa network, which is committed to increasing access to high quality, flexible and blended skills training in support of sustainable livelihoods. Learn more about the Technical and Vocational Skills Development initiative.


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector.

COL's partners in Tanzania include: 

  • Institute of Adult Education  
  • Kiota Women Health and Development Organization
  • Matumaini Mapya Savings and Credit Cooperatives
  • Mbeya University of Science and Technology
  • Ministry for Education, Science and Technology
  • Open University of Tanzania