KiuFunza - thirst to learn - launched

A new education intervention, KiuFunza, involving sending of capitation grants directly to schools and paying teachers a bonus for performance has been launched. The program seeks to find effective means to improve learning outcomes in primary schools. The program will involve 35 schools per district in 11 districts of mainland Tanzania (Karagwe, Kigoma Rural, Geita, Kahama, Kondoa, Korogwe Rural, Lushoto, Sumbawanga Rural, Mbozi, Mbinga and Kinondoni) during 2013 and 2014.

KiuFunza is a collaborative undertaking of Twaweza, the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and researchers with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The initiative seeks to discover, through rigorous research, what really works in ensuring children learn. It will test a different method of implementing existing capitation grant policy and a new innovation that incentivizes teachers in public primary schools for improving learning and performance of their pupils.

KiuFunza was launched at the National Museum of Tanzania at an event that included representatives from government and civil society. Speakers included the Minister for Regional Administration and Local Government, Prime Minister's Office Hon. Hawa Ghasia (MP) and Dr Hassan Mshinda, Director General of COSTECH represented by Namwaka Omari-Mwaikinda, Policy Analyst. The districts in which the interventions will be carried out were also represented by Regional Administrative Secretaries, Council Chairpersons and District Education Officers. Several MPs also participated in the launch. Overall, there was broad agreement about the need to drive learning through innovation, and the value of serious evaluation to inform evidence based policy making. 

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