At the school, Minister Stewart met with the Regional and District Educational officer and the school’s Head Teacher. He also got a chance to talk to the children and parents and learn about the challenges and aspirations that they have.
Speaking at the school, the Minister said:
I am proud of the strong partnership between the UK and Tanzania to increase access to basic education. It is great to learn of recent improvements in performance at Mkoani Primary School and to hear directly from teachers, parents and students. With the support of UK aid, I hope to see similar improvements to all schools in Tanzania.
The UK has a deep and strong relationship with the education sector in Tanzania. Through UK aid, the UK is investing £150m over an 8 year period (2013 to 2020). This will support 566,000 Tanzanian children through primary and lower secondary education, with a focus on improving the quality of education for girls and children with disabilities.
The British Council’s English language classes and English tests have also transformed many people’s lives including business professionals, young people among others.
The UK also offers Commonwealth and Chevening scholarships for graduates seeking to pursue post-graduate studies in the UK. The Chevening scholarship is currently receiving applications for 2018/2019 school year. Application period closes on November, 7th, 2017.
The visit to Mkoani Primary School is Minister Stewart’s first stop on his two day visit to Tanzania.