Utafiti Elimu Tanzania 2023

Exploring education evidence in Tanzania

22 - 23 March 2023 │University of Dar es Salaam


Karibu Utafiti Elimu Tanzania 2023, an evidence event exploring the education landscape in Tanzania and how research on interventions can support the sector. Utafiti Elimu Tanzania (UET) is a partnership enterprise between the Government of Tanzania, the University of Dar es Salaam, Aga Khan Foundation, EdTech Hub, the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP), and British Council.

This invitation-only event will bring together senior individuals from a range of backgrounds to discuss how to address the existing gaps between evidence, policy and practice on education research in areas including teacher workforce planning and management and climate, environment and infrastructure.

We will continue to explore crucial links between evidence and practice to support the Government of Tanzania’s
priorities in education. We will enhance partners’ understanding of innovative thinking and leading actors in
the sector to create more effective interventions and sustainable, high impact initiatives. The event will include
workshops so we can benefit from participant expertise to:

  • Inform partners’ programme designs for education to ensure these are collaborative, relevant and high impact.
  • Celebrate the successes of past and current initiatives in Tanzania.
  • Network with leading institutions to establish a regional community of practice.
  • Consider how existing research and interventions can be scaled up to maximise impact.

A preview of what’s to come: At last year’s event, Utafiti Elimu Tanzania 2022, Dr. Jane Rarieya of Agha Khan University shared the benefits of Teacher Professional Development. The Utafiti Elimu events offer a space for exciting conversations and opportunities to unite educators and stakeholders to explore evidence-based strategies to enhance learning outcomes in Tanzania.

Event Programme

Kindly note, the event is by invitation only. Please do not attend the event if you have not been invited, or RSVP’d.


David Concar
British High Commissioner to Tanzania


Faith Shayo
Donor Partner Group Chair & Head of Education Sector, UNESCO Tanzania Office & DPG Education Chair

Kyle Nunas
Canadian High Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada


Dr Christina Raphael
Senior Lecturer, Dar es salaam University College of Education (DUCE)


Sara Ruto
Representative from the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP)

Daniel Baheta
Chief of Education, UNICEF

Xiaoyan Liang
Lead Education Specialist, World Bank

Colin Bangay
Senior Education Adviser, FCDO

Malcolm Phelps
Education Director, USAID

Ravina Pattni

Dr Godfrey Telli
PAL Network

Dr Bjoern Hassler 
Open Development and Education

Dr George Kahangwa
Senior Lecturer and Director, School of Education, UDSM

Reading and Resources​

Connect with evidence in EdTech on topics presented at Utafiti Elimu Tanzania 2023:

Teacher Workforce and Planning

1) Teachers’ Experiences of Teaching With Technology in Tanzania: Recommendations for policy and practice – This policy brief reports on a teacher survey in Tanzania in order to inform the government’s ongoing national school-based TCPD reform. The survey items were taken from a landmark global survey of 20,000+ teachers’ reflections, experiences, and challenges concerning EdTech access and use, teaching and learning, and professional development over the preceding year, reported by a team from T4 Education and EdTech Hub.

2) Design-Based Implementation Research Baseline Data Collection: Technical reportThis research study aims to investigate the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of a tech-supported, decentralised, and school-based teacher continuous professional development (TCPD) model, to improve learning outcomes in rural Tanzanian primary schools.

3) Curated Evidence on TCPD – This webpage explores the challenges facing the sector, and offers a curated list of evidence on TCPD. 

4) How can technology be used to enhance teacher effectiveness through in-service professional development and structured pedagogy? – This is Part 6 of a blog series summarising learnings from conversations with EdTech partners, who bring to the table what they have learned from their research on TCPD.

Climate, Environment and Infrastructure

1) Education in Climate Emergencies – A curated list of research and evidence to help decision-makers plan, prepare and implement EdTech to support education in climate emergencies.

2) Supporting Learning Continuity Following the 2022 Pakistan Floods –  New research from EdTech Hub explores the education response to climate emergencies following the floods, and highlights the importance of utilising existing, more accessible technologies to ensure learning continuity.

3) EdTech and Emergency Remote Learning: A Systematic Review – This document presents the results of a systematic review of the academic literature in relation to online and remote learning in K–12 education during emergencies. One hundred and twelve studies were identified and included in the analysis.

4) Should we paint all classroom roofs white to improve learning in Tanzania? – This study includes a literature review to understand the classroom policy in Tanzania, establish links between temperature and learning, and assess temperature retrofit options. Following this, the study presents the results of an experiment to trial a white-paint cool roof against a blue-paint roof and an unpainted control roof. Finally, data analysis predicts the intervention effects over an entire year and the subsequent impact on learning outcomes. The learning outcomes analysis includes a cost-effectiveness analysis using the Learning-Adjusted Years of Schooling (LAYS) metric.

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