The Times of Tanzania
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Tanzania invests 2.3 billion/- to Boost E-Learning schemes in the country

THE Tanzania Education Authority, through its Skill Development Fund, is rolling out a vital project for the provision of key innovative training through E- learning delivery mode.

The Tanzania Education Authority has been mandated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) to manage the Innovative training and e-learning Window financed under Skills Development Fund (SDF), an initiative which is jointly financed by the government and the World Bank.

The cost of the on-going digital training module is estimated to be around 2.3 billion/- upon its completion.

The fund will be invested in the facilitation of 15 local trainers and building the institutions’ capacity to be able to effectively provide the innovative training and e-learning skills.

Masozi Nyirenda, the coordinator for skills development fund at the Tanzania Education Authority reveals that the 2.3 billion/- funding covers the development costs, project governance, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, among other related undertakings.

 “The program has been designed for implementation in two different phases. During the first phase of the Window, TEA received a total of 1,160,575,895.00/- for supporting smooth implementation of the project,” he said.

According to Nyirenda, TEA has injected a total of 899,950,000/- to at least seven involved training providers, including the Institute of Finance Management (IFM), Institute of Adult Education (IAE), Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training College, Ikwiriri Folk Development College, Nzovwe Folk Development College and Kibaha Folk Development College.

 “As part of the project’s first phase, the disbursed funds enable the training providers to build capacity of the institutions in terms of building e-learning training platforms, procurement of ICT facilities and software that supports e-learning, capacity building of trainers on e-learning pedagogy, converting conventional course contents in e-learning formats, advertisement of the courses to public, enrolment of qualified applicants, training, assessment and certification processes.”

Masozi Nyirenda

All qualified applicants are being enrolled, trained and issued with certificates free of charge.

 In that respect, a total of 260,625,895/- has been set aside to cover the costs for project governance, coordination, monitoring and evaluation.

At least 4,305 tutors will be trained under the program though during the first phase of the project’s implementation experience there was a surging number of applicants amounting to 7,556 including 4,462 males (59 percent) and 3,094 females (41percent), surpassing expectations.

“From the high response of interested candidates we have thus concluded that e-learning platforms can reach out to more trainees, surpassing targets, meaning that this mode of training will be effective in impacting skills and knowledge to more people,” stated Nyirenda.

Other local institutions that are involved in the phase two of the innovative e-learning program, include VETA Kipawa ICT Centre, Tanga Regional Vocational Training and Services Centre, and Kihonda Regional Vocational Training and Services Centre.

Others are the National College of Tourism, the Water Institute, Sengerema Folk Development College, Muhukuru Folk Development College, and Ilula Folk Development College.

Douglas Mwaisaka is theSkills Development Fund’s supervising officer in-charge of innovative training and e-learning. He reveals that the on-line training was based on cybercrime detection and prevention, smart and defensive driving and community-based tourism.

It also covers water treatment technologies, dairy farming, post-harvest handing and management, digital marketing as well as professional use of communication technologies.

Mwaisaka adds that the program was part to cement efforts being initiated by the in cooperation with the World Bank (WB) through a special program, dubbed ‘Education and Skills for Productive Jobs’ (ESPJ).

Skills Development Fund (SDF) program focuses to fund diverse training over skill development with an eye to enable youth communities in the country to stand a better opportunity to employ themselves, as well as employ others, with a target to reach out to at least 38,000 youth in the country.

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