Enrollment in primary or secondary level and providing quality education is challenging in Tanzania. Primary education has increased from 89% to 97% in 2013 but later it declined to 85% in 2016 (UNICEF). Early marriage, poverty and pregnancy play vital role behind less enrollment rate at primary and secondary level. Adolescence pregnancy led 3,700 girls out of school from primary and secondary level in 2016 (UNICEF). Moreover, qualified teacher to student ratio is lower in public sector than private sector and most children enrolled primary education in village area cannot avail sufficient equipments and support.

BRAC’s education programme has been implemented to help the Tanzanian government provide quality education at all levels. Since launching there, we have become the largest secular and private education system in Tanzania, spreading across a number of regions. Our interventions are targeted towards the pre-primary, primary and secondary levels.

At the pre-primary school level, we support the government by improving the learning infrastructures in Tanga region.

Our basic education model is designed to give a second chance at learning to children who have been left out of the formal education system due to extreme poverty, violence, displacement or discrimination. The non-formal schools complement the mainstream school system with innovative teaching methods and materials.

At the secondary level, we provide need-based training and student mentoring to improve mainstream education.

Our projects

Programme Project Donor Starting Date Duration
Education The Play Lab Project The LEGO Foundation October 2015 5 years
Accelerated Learning Process targeting 1050 girls aged 10-19 in South Sudan and Tanzania NORAD August 2015 3 years

Early Childhood Development

Supported by the LEGO Foundation, our Play Lab Project began in 2016. The project uses a play-based learning model for children aged 3-5 years. Designed for the underprivileged children to ensure their holistic development and prepare them for mainstream primary education, the programme’s goal is to enhance social emotional learning of children through the use of low-cost, local play tools. Being implemented at Mbeya and Dar es Salaam regions, the project provides parenting and social protection education to community leaders and parents. BRAC Tanzania has established a Play Lab curriculum for this programme that is translated to Swahili.


  • Mainstreamed 1,200 Play Lab children into government primary school
  • 80 community-based Play Labs have been established
  • Provided 80 employment opportunities to Play Lab teachers
  • 480 members in 80 child protection committees

Education Empowerment and Life skills for Adolescents and Young Children (EELAY)

With continued support from NORAD, BRAC Tanzania launched EELAY in June 2018. The programme aims to provide education and livelihood opportunities to 1,100 adolescent girls, and early learning opportunities for children aged 3-6 years in the country’s Tanga region.

This programme is a graduation from our accelerated learning programme (ALP), which primarily focuses on providing second chances to out-of-school and dropped-out girls to continue with their secondary education.


  • 35 operational study centres – 23 in Tanga city and 12 in Korogwe district
  • 1,050 children aged 3-6 enrolled in the centres

Contact us

BRAC Tanzania:Plot # 2329, Block H, Mbezi Beach, Dar es Salaam P.O. Box 105213 Tanzania
T: 255 754 244 540
E-mail: info.tanzania@brac.net