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Tanzania is located in East Africa and has a population of 65 million.


COL’s current work in Tanzania is primarily in the areas of higher education, Lifelong Learning for Farmers, girls’ and women’s education and training, technology-enabled learning, gender, and technical and vocational skills development. Learners from Tanzania have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.


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 partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Tanzania include:

  • Ministry for Education, Science and Technology
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Institute of Adult Education
  • Kiota Women’s Health and Development
  • Matumaini Mapya
  • Mbeya University of Science and Technology
  • Open University of Tanzania
  • Youth Aid Education and Possible Changes Organization

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Dr. Michael Wilfred Ng’umbi
Director, Institute of Adult Education
Open University of Tanzania

Notable Mention

Professor Tolly S.A. Mbwette, COL Honorary Fellow, former COL Chair (Open University of Tanzania) and former Honorary COL Adviser

Dr Penina Mlama, former member of COL Board of Governors

Professor Geoffrey R.V. Mmari, COL Honorary Fellow

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