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Our Vision: A world in which all students complete secondary school with the skills, knowledge, and motivation necessary to contribute to society.
Learning InSync (LIS) is a US based start-up nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring best-practice educational opportunities for secondary school students and teachers through the creation and implementation of research-based educational programming.
Current LIS programs are being created in direct response to a recent government policy that mandated that every ward in Tanzania must have at least one secondary school. With the increase in secondary schools in Tanzania, many primary school graduates are now able to secure admission into Ordinary Level Secondary School. The increase in secondary school access had led to a heightened awareness of the low secondary school learning outcomes, which have reportedly not risen to required standards.
For example, in 2011, 156,085 (46.42%) students sitting for the National Form IV examination failed, and another 146,639 (43.61%) students received Division 4, considered a fail grade.
LIS offers early adolescents in their first year of secondary school the opportunity to access quality-learning experiences and dramatically change the academic trajectory of individual students, schools, districts and the nation. Our mission is to create and implement educational programs that bridge the gap between homes and classrooms, local and international languages, and national and global needs.
LIS will accomplish its mission by:
Creating research-based and context-specific educational programs that meet the needs of secondary school students, their families, and the community at large;
Collaborating with educational institutions, advocacy groups, nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), for-profit businesses, local, regional, national governments, and educators world-wide to help inform and sustain our programming and approach;
Implementing programming that ensures teachers have the knowledge and skills necessary to teach in multilingual contexts;
Publishing original teaching and learning materials that align with national learning benchmarks, and provide ample support for effective classroom instruction;
Conducting continuous research, monitoring, and evaluation of our programs to effectively execute our mission and articulate its outcomes to a broad range of stakeholders; and
Contributing to the ongoing dialogue about language and learning to support the delivery of quality education around the globe.