Evaluation Report on “Education Through Sports Project” in Singida – Tanzania 2007-11

Author(s): Bulamile, Nicholas

Language: en

Institution: Ministry of Information, Youth, Sports and Culture

Department: Sports

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Abstract:

This evaluation study is based on the agreement / contract made between the evaluator and the project implementers represented by LiiKe ry. LiiKe ry is a Finnish NGO that has and still is implementing a number of projects related to Physical Education and Sports in Tanzania.

Projects implemented by LiiKe ry and its Tanzania’s counterparts add up to the trends of Physical Education and Sports in Tanzania. Tanzania’s trends of Physical Education and Sports are very well documented as part of the education system or as an independent field of study in the country.

The issues of this evaluation study were to understand the extent, to which the project was implemented according to the agreed objectives, and whether the project was compatible and sustainable within the community (Singida) in which it was implemented.

The sources of information in the evaluation were all stakeholders and beneficiaries: counterparts implementing the project LiiKe ry and Singida Teachers Trade Union (STTU), and District educational authorities, School head teachers, Sports/Physical Educational (PE) teachers, and pupils.

Hence, this evaluation study made every effort to find out the merits, value, and worthiness of the education through sports project in
Singida – Tanzania. Under each evaluation issue (theme) quantitative data was presented in tabular form, followed by qualitative data. Qualitative data was presented in narrative form with a support of some quotations from the respondents. Out of the 150 questionnaires 46 were returned from physical education and sports teachers, 40 from pupils and 44 from the
head teachers respectively, making a total of 128 returned questionnaires.

Observations were made by a physical visit by the evaluator to 42 primary schools in all four (4) districts in Singida region.
Data analyzed and presented showed that the project targets were at a large extent reached except on improved academic performance of the pupils. Pupils’ academic performance requires a lot of other factors ranging from the family where a child comes from, motivation and capacity of teachers, and learning teaching environment.

According to the data analyzed and presented, means of implementation of the project were at a certain extent effective, however there still need for enhancement so that local authority and the community in which a project is implemented had ownership of the same. This strategy of participatory approach shall on one hand increase security of the project and on the other hand increase community and local authority commitment to the
project.

Compatibility and Sustainability of the project in Singida region was at a large extent achieved, except in the area of physical education and sports as a subject in primary schools. Seminars in a field of sports might have been organized by the project, however the number of hours needed to have qualified physical education and sports teachers who are committed to their work is so huge to be covered in a seminar or workshop held in a day or three. Seminars and workshops are necessities especially for people who are
trained in the field but may not yield the expected results if it entails people who do not have background nor involved in routine work in the field of Physical Education and Sports in Schools.

Projects such as education through sports can have very huge impact in sports development if there properly trained and effectively used personnel in the field of physical education and sports. This report encourages LiiKe ry, STTU, and other stakeholders in Singida and Tanzania as a whole to invest in training of Physical Education and Sports personnel who will later help reach the desirable sports success in Singida and the country as a whole.