Fursa kwa Watoto (Opportunities for Children) is an initiative in Tanzania designed to improve school readiness and learning outcomes for children by building evidence on the effective and scalable provision of quality pre-primary education in line with Tanzanian policies and systems. The programme is implemented in Kilimanjaro and Mwanza regions through collaboration among Children in Crossfire Tanzania, Unicef, Mathematica, CSR Group Africa, Maarifa ni Ufunguo, Tanzania Home Economics Association (TAHEA) and Aga Khan University.
Among its notable successes include:
- 37,000 children participated directly
- 233 teachers trained
- 180 schools directly participated while transfer or knowledge was implemented to over 200 schools
- The government, school management committees and parents fully participated in the implementation of the project
After four years of the project, empowered and motivated teachers decided to record their achievements so that they can be shared widely, hoping to inspire stakeholders to roll out the program countrywide. They used their mobile phones to record their own voices, voices of children and parents. Their clips were later compiled in a set of three video clips titled voices of ‘Teachers’, ‘Parents’ and ‘General’ which includes children in Fursa kwa Watoto classrooms.