INSTITUTE'S MANAGEMENT TOURS THE GATESHEAD LOCAL AUTHORITY
The Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) in collaboration with the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC) is running a project on entrepreneurship education. The project under the auspice of the Netherland Initiative for Capacity Building in Higher Education (NICHE) aims at strengthening the capacity of the institute in the delivery of quality curricula and training programmes for pre-primary, primary, secondary and teacher education levels. Therefore the targeted beneficiaries of the project are primary and secondary school students in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar, who should acquire adequate competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) from the school curriculum to enable them to function successfully as learners, job seekers, future employees or self-employed persons. It is anticipated that the institutional developments so achieved during the project should be embedded and sustainable.
Among issues that are considered to be top of the agenda in this project is to enhance private sector development in the country by equipping teachers and students with necessary skills applicable in the Tanzanian labour market. It is envisaged that entrepreneurial skills are crucial and much needed for proper placement of young adults, graduating from schools for the development of small and medium term enterprises necessary for the national economic development.
With the aim of preparing a solid ground for the successful execution of the project; the institute management and project coordinator made a study visit of the Gateshead Educational Authority in Newcastle, UK, between 31st October and 4th November 2011. The contingent lead by the then Director General, Dr. Paul S. D. Mushi, consisted of Mrs. Angela K. Katabaro, Dr. Leonard D. Akwilapo, Mr. Makoye Wangeleja, Ms. Juliana B. Mosi and Ms. Razia Yahya. The visit forms part of the consultant’s obligations to support the managers and staff of TIE with training sessions and practical expertise for enhancing a proactive leadership and management system. The aim of the study visit was to learn and exchange ideas on the incorporation of enterprising education in school curricula. The successes of Gateshead Local Authority in the management and delivery of Enterprise Education was a key factor for the choice of the study location.
The study visit was very successful in widening the understanding of enterprising education and how it can be integrated in the school setting. Experience of the Gateshead Local Authority in carrying out enterprising education is taken as a model that can lead the institute in implementing the project goals.
The importance of collaboration among schools, communities, education stakeholders and private sector in enhancing provision of enterprise education has vividly been observed in the Gateshead community. Also noted was the utmost cooperation and team work among the personnel in the education sector, of which much of the success is credited to. The methodology in practice at the community, which emphasise “Leaning by doing” has proved to be very useful as far as enterprise education is concerned, apparently due to the fact that the rate of retention of knowledge is enhanced.