To provide knowledge and skills to adults, youth and out-of-school children required for their self-fulfilment and active participation in the socio-economic and political life of their communities.
i. To coordinate Adult and Non- Formal Education services;
ii. To initiate and review Adult and Non- Formal Education policies, guidelines and standards;
iii. To monitor and evaluate implementation of Adult and Non- Formal Education programmes;
iv. To provide management support services on Adult and Non- Formal Education; and
v. To ensure quality in Adult and Non- Formal Education provision.
Adult and Non formal education division comprises two sections:
i. Adult and Non-Formal Education Development and Monitoring section; and
ii. Adult and Non-Formal Education Management Support section.
Development and Monitoring Section
The section is responsible for the following activities:-
i. setting policies that ensure quality adult, non-formal and continuing education for all;
ii. preparing in collaborative manner detailed national plans for Adult, Non-formal and continuing education implementation;
iii. coordinating Quality of Adult Education Curriculum and teaching and learning materials;
iv. reviewing Adult and Non-formal Curriculum, instructional materials, setting standards of performance and achievement of Adult Education learners in Adult, Non-formal and Continuing education;
v. supervising and advising on the implementation of Adult, Non-formal and Continuing Education strategies;
vi. coordinating and liaising with the Ministry responsible for Local Government in Monitoring projects and programmes related to Adult and Non-formal Education;
vii. setting guidelines and modalities for partnership with other providers of adult education and non-formal education;
viii. soliciting funds from inside and outside the country for the running of adult, non-formal and continuing education programmes;
ix. overseeing the running of the Literacy centres in the country;
x. overseeing and coordinating training programmes for adult education facilitators, management staff at different levels and recommend strategies of assessing standards of Adult Education and learners’ performance; and
xi. overseeing the Monitoring/Evaluation of AE and Non-formal Education programmes.
This section is responsible for the following activities:
i. reviewing Adult and Non-formal programmes and regulations,
ii. issuing and reviewing guidelines for the establishment, monitoring and management of Adult and Non formal Education delivery to ensure efficiency and quality of education provision.
iii. analyzing, translating and operationalizing national development plans of adult and non-formal education programmes;
iv. overseeing implementation of capacity building programmes for adult and non-formal education personnel and facilitators;
v. issuing guidelines for application, regulation registers for ownership and management of Adult, Non formal and continuing education centres;
vi. coordinating budget preparation and financial resource allocation to Adult, Non-formal and continuing education centres;
vii. coordinating literacy supporting programmes and promoting mass education programmes, cinematography, rural libraries and zonal newspapers; and
viii. collecting, collating and communicating adult, non-formal and continuing education information, including HIV and AIDS, gender, environment related data to all system levels, supporting education institutions, and interested stakeholders.
Basic literacy programme - Adult and Non-Formal Education
The adult and non formal education sub sector regulates, coordinates and implements educational programmes targeting adults and youth. The programmes include basic and post literacy which is implemented in Local Government Authorities under Integrated Community Based Adult Education (ICBAE) and similar programmes run by Civil Society Organizations and Faith Based Organizations. Adult and non formal education sub sector also manages educational programmes targeting out of school children and youth. The programmes are implemented through the Complementary Basic Education in Tanzania (COBET), Mambo Elimu and similar programmes run by Non State Actors.
Objectives of the provision of adult and non-formal education in Tanzania are to:-
- eradicate illiteracy, sustain post literacy and numeracy;
- provide alternative ways of schooling. for those who lack the opportunity to pursue formal education;
- promote the acquisition and development of basic knowledge and functional literacy skills relevant to personal development and life in the community;
- lay foundations of life-long education;
- provide avenues for on-the-job-skills training;
- sustain and further develop cultural identity through the transmission of cultural values, attitudes and customs of the society;
- sustain and develop indigenous technologies;
- reinforce the cultural base of the society and harmonize transition to modernization;
- ensure the realization of Education for All as basic human right.