Tanzania, Education

    Secured livelihoods for youth in Tanzania

    Project Number: 186.1503

    Paid work and incomes that secure livelihoods are rare in Tanzania in view of the poor economic situation. Young people in particular suffer from a lack of prospects and unemployment. Many women have no opportunity for education or professional advancement. In many cases, they are trapped in traditional roles and have little say in society. People with disabilities are particularly disadvantaged, often stigmatized and excluded from educational opportunities. To address these issues, Mission 21's partner churches, the South and Southwest Provinces of the Moravian Church in Tanzania (MCT), are engaged in inclusive vocational training. Through education and also further training, vulnerable young people are given real opportunities to earn their own living and find a way out of poverty and dependency.

    Background information

    More than 60 percent of the Tanzanian population are children and young people under the age of 18. A large proportion grow up in poverty. Their educational opportunities and career prospects are limited, and their chances of leading an independent life are slim. The situation of many women is particularly problematic. Girls have to help in the household and in the fields from an early age. Only a few girls are able to complete secondary school. People with disabilities are also mostly excluded from education and social participation. Sometimes they are hidden away by their families. There is a lack of appropriate support. Mission 21's two partner organizations are committed to the education of young people, especially women and people with disabilities. In vocational training centers in Kyela, Chunya, Isongole and in the city of Mbeya, young people can complete vocational training. In addition to job-specific skills, they are also trained in life skills, violence and HIV prevention. Particularly vulnerable groups (e.g. young women, orphans or young people with disabilities) are supported with scholarships. Vulnerable young people are also supported outside of vocational schools so that they can become economically independent. Particular emphasis is placed on training in sustainable and ecological agricultural cultivation methods.

    Project goals

    Overall Objectives:

    The skills of particularly vulnerable youth are strengthened so that they can independently secure their livelihoods, lead independent lives with dignity, and actively contribute to society and the local economy. 


    • Young people with and without disabilities receive state-recognized vocational qualifications in the vocational training centers and are empowered to lead self-determined and independent lives.
    • Inclusive and accessible vocational training enables all graduates to find work or be self-employed.
    • In the vocational centers, independent action as well as individual social and societal commitment are promoted and personality development is stimulated.
    • Vulnerable youth are empowered to generate income on their own.
    • They are better educated by acquiring knowledge in basic areas of life (health care, nutrition, family planning, violence prevention, HIV, human and women's rights).
    • Equal rights for all: through the inclusion of people with disabilities in Tanzanian society and promotion of gender equality.

    Target group

    Young people, including orphans, as well as women and their families from the Mbeya region. Each year, the projects reach around 800 young people in the vocational schools and at least 500 young people in extracurricular courses. The target group also includes teachers at the training centers and training seminars.

    • Promoting vocational training for particularly vulnerable young people.


    • Improved barrier-free infrastructure at vocational training centers.
    • Training teachers in special education.
    • Awarding tool kits or sewing machines to graduates of electrical, carpentry, and sewing apprenticeships so they can start their own businesses.
    • Establish demonstration gardens and agroecological training.
    • Ongoing psychosocial counseling and support for vulnerable youth in distress.

    Project progress

    In 2022, training at the vocational schools again helped to combat rising youth unemployment and poverty in the project region. There are now seven centers where young people can enjoy practical, high-quality and state-recognized training. This enables them to find employment after graduation or to work as self-employed persons and to support themselves. The same effect was achieved by the founding of a group of ten seamstresses in Rungwe, the "Pamoja Tunaweza". The group produces high-quality sewing work, which they sell at markets at home and abroad. As a result, the seamstresses earn an income that has significantly improved their standard of living. Together with the Christoffel Blind Mission (CBM), the vocational school in Kyela was rebuilt to be barrier-free and 60% of the teachers and administrative staff were trained in sign language. The construction of a new dormitory building for students was completed. There are already 30 students with physical disabilities studying in Kyela, for whom there are almost no educational opportunities in the region to date.



    • 61.74 million inhabitants
    • over 1000 people benefit directly from the project each year
    • 22.1% of the population cannot read and write


    Project budget 2024

    CHF 126'500



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    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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