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Tanzania is located in East Africa and has a population of over 65 million (World Bank, 2022).
COL’s work in Tanzania is in the areas of lifelong learning for farmers, GIRLS inspire – gender equality and women’s empowerment through skills development for livelihoods, technology-enabled learning (TEL) and skills for work and also benefits from programmes offered by the Southern African Development Community’s Centre for Distance Education (SADC-CDE), COL’s regional centre. Learners from Tanzania are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and accessing other available resources.


  • 3,110 women and girls have been trained.


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
  • Bank of Tanzania
  • Institute of Adult Education
  • Kiota Women’s Health and Development
  • Matumaini Mapya
  • Mbeya University of Science and Technology
  • Open University of Tanzania (OUT)
  • Youth Aid Education and Possible Changes Organization (YAPO)

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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