A note about the Tanzanian educational system:

As of year-end 2017, EdPowerment’s program educates roughly 40 teens and young adults from secondary school through university studies. Our students are pursuing medical, legal, teaching and financial management degrees and vocational certificates.  Please visit our Gallery and Roster to see the schools and colleges that our students are attending.​​

Education in Tanzania is provided both by the public and private sector according to the following general structure:

  • 2 years of pre-primary education for ages 4–6 (year 1 and 2)
  • 7 years of primary education for ages 7–13 (Standard I-VII) capped by the Primary School Leaving Exam (PSLE) in September of Standard 7. The Exam determines whether the student can continue to secondary “O” ordinary school. The student is posted to a local school the following January.
  • 4 years of secondary “O”rdinary level education for ages 13–17 (Forms 1-4) capped by the National Form 4 Exam. 

Exam results determine the student’s future.  Division I is the highest and Division IV is the lowest

             passing score.  Depending on these scores and a student’s financial resources, the student continues to:

  • 1 – 3 years of a diploma, certificate or vocational training program at a college.


  • 2 years of secondary “A”dvanced level education for ages 17–19 (Forms 5 & 6) at the government-posted school in a designated subject “combination” or a private “A”dvanced High School.  THIS IS THE PRE-UNIVERSITY DEGREE TRACK.

         Students who complete “A”dvanced Level High School take the Form 6 National Exam in May.  Those who

         score Division I and II are able to attend a University.  Division III postings vary.  Some who score Division III

         and IV and cannot pursue a University degree may apply for a shorter Diploma Program but for most, this

         is the end of the formal education road. 

  • University Studies:  Once students receive their scores on the release date during the summer, they can submit an online application listing their 3 preferred programs/Universities. NECTA Loan applications are also completed at this time.  Students learn their academic fate – University and Course of Study – in September.  However, most often they do not learn the outcome of their loan application until after the University registration date, creating a major problem for students in need.
​Our Challenge

While EdPowerment would like to enroll more students in this program, we are limiting the number of participants because of our commitment to cover all costs through University studies. Our students should qualify for government university loans, however, this process is not a transparent or consistent one. Therefore EdPowerment must build a significant University Fund to provide for all of our students.

​Empowerment Through Education

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Tomorrow's Scholar-Leader Sponsorship Program transforms the life of each of its students – not for a few years, but for a lifetime.  By doing so, we lift the lives of their families and communities.

Tomorrow's Scholar-Leader Program

EdPowerment sponsors motivated teenagers and young adults who cannot continue to access quality education after primary school. This is a holistic, hands-on program of guidance and nurturing.  We provide each student’s tuition, fees and personal and school supplies not simply in secondary and high school, but through the highest level of education he or she is able to attain. We thereby allow capable and determined young people to achieve a career.

Along the way, our program works one-on-one to teach life skills, healthy habits, social awareness and community commitment. Students must fulfill contracts to remain in our program - contracts that include academic requirements, workshop participation and character development.  Ours is a unique approach to developing leaders that will serve the Tanzanian community in the future.

See our contracts.