On 7th November 2022, a team of DUCE academicians presented research findings of their project titled Perceptions and approaches of heads and teachers in relation to girls’ education in Tanzania. The team members included Dr. Christina Raphael, who is also the Deputy Principal Academic, Research and Consultancy, Dr. Emmanuel Kwayu and Dr. Alcuin Mwalongo. The meeting was organised by the British Council in Tanzania (BCT).
On behalf of the team, Dr. Raphael reported that heads of school and teachers have positive attitude towards girls’ education. However, there are cultural, biological, subject specific, in-class issues, social and gender related challenges that propagate low participation of girls in education.
The meeting was attended by stakeholders from public and private institutions. The BCT Country Director, Ms. Catherine Sinclair-Jones congratulated DUCE for conducting high quality projects that address community needs. The report calls for combined efforts of the government and non-government institutions in dealing with the challenges of educating girls. The participants who attended the meeting recommended that the project findings be disseminated to the policymakers, the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, University managements, and other actors involved in teacher training.
In the same meeting, Dr. Raphael introduced the College Gender Research Centre to the participants and assured them that the centre will deal with all issues related to gender, including girls’ education.