Tanzania, Education
    Gender Equity

    Education for social change in Tanzania

    Project Number: 186.1504

    A solid and broad theological education is one of the most urgent tasks of the churches of the South. Only through well-qualified pastors will they be able to continue to successfully meet the challenges of society. Future pastors in Tanzania need to be more than just good theologians. They need skills to work socially and diaconically in their congregations. Mission 21 supports theological education in terms of personnel, scholarships for female students and further training for lecturers and pastors.

    Background information

    As early as ten years after the first Herrnhut missionaries came to East Africa, training of local theologians began in 1901 at the Rungwe mission station. In the meantime, most of the provinces of the Moravian Church in Tanzania have their own theological training centers where future pastors are trained and educated. The church is also the sponsor of Teofilo Kisanji University (TEKU) in the city of Mbeya, where doctoral studies in theology are now also possible.

    The Teofilo Kisanji University Theological Seminary offers an academic and ecumenically open and globally networked education. The courses are also taken by students from Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.

    Project goals

    • Graduates find answers to challenges facing society as a whole (HIV, poverty, violence, inequality)
    • Graduates contribute to the holistic development of the country
    • Students gain access to a high quality theological education
    • Students are sensitized to the importance of interfaith relations, especially between Christians and Muslims

    Target groups

    • Students at the Faculty of Theology of TEKU
    • 200 multipliers (church leaders, pastors)


    The following activities are planned for 2023/24:

    • Promote teaching, specifically in the areas of inclusion, gender justice, peacebuilding, Christian-Muslim relations, ecumenism, and prevention of HIV and domestic violence.
    • 6 scholarships for undergraduate studies for disadvantaged women.
    • Promote networking and exchange with national and international theological education institutions.

    Project progress

    Mission 21 was able to award scholarships at the end of 2022 to six women for a bachelor's degree in theology, who have since studied with great zeal and success. This degree will prepare them for further leadership roles in the church. They were taught for one semester by Bernese theologian Pia Moser-Gfeller, who served as a guest lecturer at TEKU. A Bachalor degree will qualify them for further leadership roles in the church. They will be taught by Rev. Pia Moser-Gfeller from Bern, who has been sent to Mbeya as a guest lecturer for one semester. TEKU lecturers have conducted in-service training for pastors and leaders on the topics of interfaith relations, ecumenism, inclusion and gender justice. These contributed to the fact that persons in leadership responsibility in the church and society become capable of speaking on important social issues.



    • 61.74 million inhabitants
    • 60% Christians
    • 35% Muslim women and Muslims

    Project budget 2024

    CHF 37'950

    mg 9086 4

    Adrienne Sweetman

    Coordinator Tanzania


    Jacqueline Brunner

    Responsible church partnerships;
    Responsible legacies and bequests

    Tel. 061 260 23 37
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    Johannes Klemm

    Team Leader Africa and Program Manager Tanzania
    Tel: +41 (0)61 260 23 04
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    Hope thanks to your support

    Mission 21
    Protestant Mission Basel

    PO Box 270
    Missionsstrasse 21
    4009 Basel, Switzerland
    Tel.: +41 (0)61 260 21 20

    Donation account Switzerland:
    IBAN: CH58 0900 0000 4072 6233 2
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    Donation account Germany:
    Savings Bank Lörrach-Rheinfelden
    Swift BIC: SKLODE66
    BLZ: 683 500 48
    IBAN: DE39 6835 0048 0001 0323 33
    Account No. : 1032333

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