The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)


Supporting science education in Tanzania

UNOPS is working with Zanzibar's Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to help enhance secondary school education in the Tanzanian archipelago.

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  • This article was originally published 16 May 2022.

Project updates:

13 December 2023

  • A completed science laboratory was handed over to Machui Secondary School in Zanzibar. The official handover ceremony marks the completion of construction works that saw 10 secondary schools receive science laboratories.

  • The laboratories will help improve the teaching and learning environment.

  • The project also helped create local employment opportunities during the construction phase, including for women.

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8 August 2023

  • UNOPS has finished constructing science laboratory facilities and procuring laboratory equipment for ten secondary schools in Zanzibar: five in Unguja and five in Pemba. Each of the multi-purpose science laboratories will accommodate up to 40 students at a time and will include equipment and reagents necessary for conducting physics, chemistry and biology experiments.

  • More than 250 pieces of lab equipment and more than 19,000 items for physics, chemistry and biology classes have been handed over.

Using $3 million in funding from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), UNOPS will build science laboratories and procure equipment and supplies for 10 secondary schools on the islands of Pemba, Tumbatu and Unguja, as part of KOICA's Enhancing Quality of Secondary School Education project.

This fruitful partnership with KOICA underscores UNOPS commitment to supporting quality education.

John Fofanah - UNOPS Project Manager

"The Korean government will continue to support Tanzania in different sectors, especially in the education sector," said Kyucheol Eo, KOICA's Country Director for Tanzania.

The new science laboratories will be provided with equipment and chemicals for physics, chemistry and biology classes.

During the construction process, extra precautions will be put into place to ensure the health and safety of all as well as to ensure social and environmental protection measures are met.

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