Active Teaching & Learning


Active Teaching and Learning Handbook

Great teachers recognize the limitations of the traditional lecture style of instruction and rote memorization to student learning. Simple presentation of materials without engaging students in the learning process is not enough to ensure student success. Students need to talk about what they are learning, apply their knowledge, and participate actively in classes to improve their understanding and retention of subject matter.

To advance this goal and Project Zawadi’s mission of supporting quality education in Tanzania, the Tenda Teachers program worked in collaboration with Tanzanian and USA education experts to publish The Active Teaching and Learning Handbook: 70 Learner-Centered Teaching Techniques to Actively Engage and Motivate Students in Tanzania.

The handbook details how the student-centered approach to teaching and learning can be successfully used in classrooms in Tanzania. It has become the basis for a series of interactive professional development modules. For more information on workshops please contact Edgar Mwansasu, Director of Teacher Training

The handbook is available for download and use, free of charge.  We only ask that you properly attribute materials used to the Tenda Teachers Program of Project Zawadi.

Tenda Teachers Professional Development Program

As additional support to Tanzanian teachers, a series of professional development modules are being developed in cooperation with volunteer education consultants Linda Webster and Ian Keith. These modules are available in Swahili, are in Powerpoint format, and will have the ability to be accessed from anywhere there is internet access via mobile device, tablet, or laptop.

Each module contains a complete lesson explaining a concept or technique from the handbook. Lessons are reinforced with short video clips, filmed in Tanzanian classrooms, demonstrating the technique and how they can be implemented in typical school environments in Tanzania.


The modules are linked to the National Teacher Competency Framework, include opportunities for teachers to practice in pairs or small groups, and opportunity for reflection on the techniques presented. At the end of each module, teachers are assigned tasks to accomplish to put their new skills and knowledge into practice. Each module is designed to connect with the previous modules and the concepts build upon one another as the teacher progresses through the series.

An initial series of seven modules are being beta-tested by 212 teachers in classrooms in the Nyamuswa area. Project Zawadi’s Director of Teacher Training will be working with participants to do follow-up coaching, classroom observations, and gather feedback to continually improve the modules.