Project Objective: To increase community engagement for a safe and inclusive learning environment through action planning.

Project overview

IDYDC implements a one-year Fixed Amount Award (FAA) USAID agreement under Jifunze Uelewe Activity Grants Under Contract. The main objective of the award is to support Jifunze Uelewe Outcome 3 in increasing community engagement for safe and inclusive learning environments. The award intends to reach a total of 58,896 pupils (29130 girls and 29776 boys) in 773 schools, as well as 773 communities. These beneficiaries are from 9 LGAs, five from Iringa, and four from Morogoro. Iringa: Iringa MC, Iringa DC, Kilolo DC, Mafinga TC and Mufindi DC. Morogoro: Ifakara TC, Mlimba DC, Malinyi DC and Ulanga DC. The table below details the Activity target districts, wards, schools, and pupils.

Key Activties

IDYDC has conducted activities as per the work plan, where the first activities were planning and introductory meetings at different levels. The planning meetings were done with Jifunze Uelewe regional teams and Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS) in Iringa and Morogoro. These were high-level meetings and planning with WEOs. The introductory meetings at the regional level involved LGAs of the specific region in Iringa and Morogoro. Also, printing and distributing Self Learning Modules (SLMs) to 1546 Community Education Mobilizers (CEMs) from 773 communities. Also, IDYDC conducted training designed to capacitate CEMs on community mobilization focusing on Community Education Mobilization and Action Planning (CEMAP) process. CEMs were trained about existing structures in the school, their responsibilities, safety and inclusion, and how to design action plans through the CEMAP process. 169 wards were covered through the training,  24 wards from Kilolo DC, 16 wards from Iringa MC, 28 from Iringa DC, 27 from Mufindi, and 9 from Mafinga TC were covered in Iringa region, while from Morogoro region, 19 wards from Ifakara TC, 20 from Ulanga DC, 10 from Malinyi DC and 19 from Mlimba DC were covered. From these 169 wards, 1594 CEMs (791 F, 803 M) were trained by 169 WEOs (30 F, 139 M) who were the facilitators.


introductory meeting at the regional level involved LGAs of the specific region in Iringa and Morogoro


Community education mobilizers  (CEMS) after receiving training on  Community Education Mobilization and Action Planning (CEMAP) process.


introductory meetings at the district level involving WEOs (Ward Education Officers) from Mlimba District


CEMs (Community Education Mobilizers) receiving training from the WEO (Ward Education Officer) in Milola Ward, Ulanga District Council - Morogoro


  • 2 planning meetings with Jifunze Uelewe teams were conducted successfully in Iringa and Morogoro. The regional secretariat and LGAs agreed to support the implementation of the Jifunze Uelewe project by giving us support
  • 9 planning meetings were conducted, and 169 WEOs attended the meeting
  • All 9 LGAs with 169 wards, 104 from Iringa and 65 from Morogoro successfully complete CEMs orientation
  • IDYDC conducted orientation through WEOs to 1594 CEMs (793 female, 803 female).  The attendance was more than 100% as the target was 1546 CEMs, the increase of 48 CEMs is due to the increased number of new schools
  • 236 action plans have been submitted since the completion of CEMs orientation and 367 reading centres have been formed.

Success Story

Imehe primary school was built in 1974 in Nyololo Ward Mufindi. The school was not in good condition, and the classrooms were unsafe for pupils. In 2017 through the Tusome Pamoja project, some of the Imehe community members got the chance to be trained on CEMAP (Community Education Mobilization and Action Planning) process. These were Community Education Mobilizers, Parent Teachers Partnership (PTP) members, and the village chairperson.

This training helped to shape the perception of the Imehe community, and as a result, they managed to create an action plan to build two classrooms in 2018. This was fulfilled and a building block towards a successful journey for Imehe primary school and the community.

When USAID Jifunze Uelewe came as a follow-up to the Tusome Pamoja project, the foundation was already there, and the Imehe community was one of the communities ready to continue the excellent work they already started.

The PTP and CEMs have done a great job of ensuring a sustainable school feeding program at the school. The chairman of the feeding program committee is one of the CEMs at the school, and this shows how committed these people are to the development of the school. Among the schools doing very well in the school feeding program, Mufindi Imehe is among the top ones.

The community is involved in almost everything. They are engaged in children's safety and have helped to reduce truancy by making follow-ups to parents. The presence of CEMs and PTP has helped to form a strong bond between teachers and the community. There is no hate, and teachers enjoy teaching at this school.