Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) partnered to launch the Gender Awareness and Transformation through Education (GATE) Programme on 12 November 2019. The launch was officiated by Dr. Ave Marie Semakafu, Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, highlighting the Ministry’s key focus on girls’ education. She commended the GATE initiative and asked TCD/DUCE to share the research findings so as to inform Government policies.
The Embassy of Relaid is supporting Trinity College Dublin and Dar es Salaam University College of Education in implementing the GATE programme. The two Universities have been collaborating since 2013 on various gender related activities including research and training.
The current programme has an overarching ambition of establishing a centre for excellence within DUCE to provide gender expertise in research and teaching to the College and, over time, to other Higher Learning Institutions nationally and regionally.
GATE is intended to strengthen the capacity of current and future academics through the training of one PhD and one Post-Doc level student in gender and education. To date, Ireland has provided a grant of €246,000 to implement programme activities.
The formal launch of GATE project provided a platform to create awareness, dialogue and share experience on gender and education.
Speaking at the launch ceremony at DUCE, the Embassy of Ireland’s Head of Development Cooperation, Ms Bronagh Carr, said:
“While much remains to be done, a key lesson from Ireland’s experience is that economic development requires complementary social, cultural and structural transformation that supports women’s rights, equality and inclusion. Through the GATE programme, we hope to contribute to this transformation in Tanzania”.