Tanzanian Ministries of Education, Schools2030 and UNICEF’s Data Must Speak Research join forces to improve education in the country – United Republic of Tanzania


12 May 22, Florence/London – UNICEF Data Should Speak Positively Deviance Research* extends to Tanzania. The research, which is now active in 14 countries, aims to improve education around the world by identifying best practices from successful schools.

Data Must Speak (DMS) research identifies these “positive deviant” schools and explores why they perform better than others despite operating under similar conditions. Using a mixed-methods approach, positive deviant schools will be analyzed to identify exceptional behaviors and practices. By working hand-in-hand with Tanzania’s Ministries of Education (MoEVT and MoEST) and local partners, promising innovations in basic education can then be scaled up to improve every child’s learning. .

Some Tanzanian schools involved in DMS research will also participate in the Schools2030 project – a global initiative led by the Aga Khan Foundation that aims to catalyze school-based holistic learning innovations to improve the quality of teaching and learning in ten countries and 1000 schools. By identifying positive trends at the school level and the factors that contribute to some schools performing better than others, DMS research will gather evidence that, in the long run, will help efforts to scale up positive trends. to impact education systems and learners around the world.

The data collected through this research, which is funded by the Jacobs Foundation as part of the research component of Schools2030, will then be used to produce accessible and actionable recommendations on how to adapt these local solutions to ensure that children’s learning outcomes can be improved nationally and across the entire global learning community. Specifically, the results of this research will support the mission of Tanzania’s Ministries of Education to strengthen the country’s public education systems. Key insights are expected to feed into Tanzania’s ongoing education development plan, and findings from future stages of the research will continue to feed into government education sector planning.

“Schools2030 and Data Must Speak share the fundamental belief that teachers are the most important agents of change in education systems. This research partnership will allow us to identify and amplify examples of “what works” by teachers for teachers, to improve learning outcomes and equity,” said Dr Bronwen Magrath, Schools2030 Global Program Manager.

“Partnerships are essential in our goal to inform systems change and drive action toward greater student success. This new partnership is extremely well received, and we look forward to exploring the insights that high-performing Tanzanian schools can bring to our global research,” mentioned Renaud CombaData Must Speak Research Manager at UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti.

Preliminary results on the contextual factors that contribute to academic performance will be published by mid-2023 on the DMS Search Webpage.

The research will be part of broader discussions on how best to promote cooperation and dialogue across schools, systems and societies to improve holistic learning outcomes that will take place during the first Schools2030 Global Forum in June 2022 in Dar es Salaam.

Notes to Editorrs
* Positive deviance research involves identifying individuals or organizations that perform better than their peers, despite facing similar constraints or challenges.
* DMS research is currently ongoing in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia.

About the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti
The Office of Research – Innocenti is the dedicated research center of UNICEF. It undertakes research on emerging or current issues to inform the strategic directions, policies and programs of UNICEF and its partners, shape global debates on children’s rights and development, and inform the global development agenda. research and policy for all children, especially the most vulnerable. . To visit www.unicef-irc.org and follow UNICEF Innocenti on Twitter, Facebook, instagram and LinkedIn.

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About Schools2030
Schools2030 is a ten-year participatory learning improvement program based in 1,000 public schools in ten countries. Schools2030 helps teachers and students design and implement educational micro-innovations. These low-cost, scalable innovations will inform and transform education systems to improve holistic learning outcomes for the most marginalized learners around the world. Join the movement on Twitter, Facebookand LinkedIn.

About the Aga Khan Foundation
Established in 1967, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) brings together human, financial and technical resources to address the challenges facing the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities. Particular emphasis is placed on investing in human potential, expanding opportunities and improving the overall quality of life. The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network.

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