4 European partners including Universities and Natural Museums and 3 Tanzanian Higher Education Institutions to build a network to support conservation skills and strengthen scientific knowledge on tropical biodiversity.
Erasmus + Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education “Developing curricula for biodiversity monitoring and conservation in Tanzania”
KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education
15/01/2021 – 14/01/2024
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According to the African Development Bank’s Country Strategy Paper 2016‐2020, African countries such as Tanzania have embraced international commitments aimed at ensuring green growth and promoting conservation and sustainable use of the natural resources.
However, although the Tanzanian ministerial 5‐year National Development Plan (2016‐2020) places emphasis on several interventions to protect biodiversity, the National Biodiversity Strategy of Tanzania (2015) identifies in the lack of research capacity and knowledge dissemination the main challenges facing biodiversity conservation in the country. In particular, capacity building is required to improve curricula and integrate appropriate biodiversity knowledge. Inadequate funding and capacities for biodiversity research and institutional capacity are clear barriers to the successful implementation of initiatives to halt biodiversity loss.
In this scenario, the CONTAN project aims to boost the capacities of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Tanzania to deliver in their teaching up-to-date knowledge on biodiversity assessment and conservation by building a strong collaboration between a network of leading Universities and natural science museums in the EU and relevant leading HEIs in Tanzania. This is expected to result into a more qualified generation of professionals with greater access to relevant job positions.
The CONTAN project addresses two relevant priorities set by the Programme for the ACP countries, namely:
The CONTAN project and its results will contribute to the objectives primarily by supporting the modernization, accessibility and internationalization of the HE field in the partner country and supporting the partner country itself to address the challenges facing its HEIs and systems, including those of quality and relevance.
It will as well promote cooperation between the EU and the partner country and assist the partner country in terms of finance and teaching resources for effective delivery of the e-learning and field training.
E-learning will be formally integrated into current curricula, amplifying accessibility and promoting inclusion and equity of access by a broad target of students well beyond those directly involved during project implementation.
In line with Targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (in particular Goal n.5, promoting gender equality and women empowerment), HEIs are striving to strengthen female representation among enrolled students, that has recently increased in Tanzania reaching an average of 30-35% on the total of enrolled students. The project will support these intentions by setting targets of gender balance and ensure that at least 40% of target students are women.