Tanzania - Alternative Learning & Skills Development Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 31 Oct 2000
Signature Date 30 Jan 2001
Planned Completion Date 28 Jun 2009
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2009
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11330
Commitment U.A 6,507,992.8
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Alternative Learning and Skills Development Project (ALSDP) is the result of the Government of Zanzibar’s (GoZ) determination to address the problem of out-of-school youth, (drop-outs or the never-enrolled) whom the traditional mainstream school system failed. The project was formulated within the framework of the Zanzibar Education Master Plan with aspects borrowed from the tenets of the Education II project which provided complementary basic education for out of school children and Adult Literacy in Non-formal Education under the Complementary Basic Education in Tanzania (COBET) and Community Based Adult Education (CBAE) Program. It therefore was designed to fill the identified gap in non-formal education in Zanzibar specifically on the islands of Unguja and Pemba. The project has five (5) components: (i) the establishment of a school for alternative learning; (ii) the establishment of two Skills Development Centres (SDCs) and rehabilitation of a vocational training centre; (iii) the establishment of Business Incubators in the two SDCs; the establishment of documentation /information management centres; (iv) capacity building through institutional strengthening of five Ministries; and (v) Public awareness on project objectives and socio-economic and development issues such as reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, girls education, gender equality.

Project Objectives

The long term objective of the project is to improve the quality of training, non-formal education and to link education with the needs of the labour market. The immediate objectives of the project are: I) to assist the out of school youth achieve basic and secular education; ii) to enhance self-employment of the youth through the promotion of business incubator activities.


The targeted beneficiaries (64,617 by the end of the project) comprise out-of-school youth in both rural and urban areas of the following sub-groups: i) Non-enrolled 9-14 years of age (29,976) who have never been enrolled in any school system ; and ii) drop-out youths of age 9-14 (8,390) and of age 15-20 (4,712). The total number of out-of-school youth that form the target population for the first year of the project was estimated to be 43,078, of which 60 % would be girls; plus an additional 10% more targeted each year.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Tanzania, United Republic of
Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Zanzibar


IATI identifier 46002-P-TZ-IAE-003
Last Update 11 Jul 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Tanzania, United Republic of