Education As a Pillar for Sustainable Development in Tanzania

6 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2020 Last revised: 27 Mar 2020

Date Written: July 30, 2019


Education is a pillar of development, if and only if, it addresses the challenges of the society. Several international forums and meetings have come up with the need for sustainable development strategies. But equally there seem little to be done to allow sustainability of education systems in particular for developing world such as Tanzania. Sustainable development education which means an education which will carry out the objectives of sustainable environment to allow employment both self and being employed. This paper addresses the challenges that education face in Tanzania, and a way forward towards sustaining it for development. It recalls on the several concepts of education and educators, and makes a sound way of providing education that is sustainable to the development of our countries, hence our continents. Sustainable development is crucial to human beings and the entire creatures of the world. Hence an implementation of strategies that would overlook the sustainability of it, is equally the zeros of that strategy. It is from the stance of sustainable development that this paper has been immerged. This paper is a result of the research work which was carried in Tanzania in 2019 during the official meeting of the Local Government Administration of Tanzania (ALAT), which was held in Mwanza. The paper has assimilated the qualitative analysis study. And it reveals both the challenges as opined by the interviewee and the way forward as proposed by them. The total number of interviewees involved in this research work is 95, being the City Directors, Municipal Directors, Town Directors, District Executive Directors of ninety-five councils who responded firmly on our research work. The total number of heads of councils in Tanzania is 185. Hence this study involves about half of the Directors. The article concludes that the perception of Directors of the councils in Tanzania has revealed worthy understanding on what should be done to attain sustainable development. 95 percent of the interviewees reveal that there is need to revamp education system so that it provides answers to the community. 92 percent of the interviewee revealed that education system of Tanzania requires a change from primary school education to facilitate a transferable mind set. 86 percent advised the government on what to start with and what to end with if education need to revamp of economy. It is generally agreed that education is critical to sustainable development if major changes that will be affected to allow an education that allows employability of the graduates culturally and naturally.

Keywords: development, directors, education, sustainable development, system

Suggested Citation

King, Norman Adamson Sigalla and King, Jane Edward, Education As a Pillar for Sustainable Development in Tanzania (July 30, 2019). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 12, No. 07, pp. 53-58, 2019, Available at SSRN:

Norman Adamson Sigalla King (Contact Author)

Iringa University ( email )


Jane Edward King

University of Dar es Salaam ( email )

P.O. Box 35046
Dar es Salaam

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