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Our Roots

HakiElimu (Swahili, meaning ‘Right to Education’) is a registered Non Governmental Organization/Civil Socieity Organization in Tanzania which was established in 2001 by 13 Tanzanian Founding Members. Our history is rooted in the ambition of those founder members – that citizens, if actively involved in education governance, can make a difference in the education sector.

Today, HakiElimu is a leading national expert in education, policy analysis and advocacy and in 2019 the organisation was selected as the overall winner of The African Civil Society Excellence Awards. HakiElimu was also the winner of two categories, ‘Strategic Ability and Adaptability’ and ‘Leadership and Governance’.

Our Vision

An open, just and democratic Tanzania where all people enjoy the right to education that promotes equity, creativity and critical thinking.

Our Mission

We enable people to transform education, in and out of schools; influence policy making and effective implementation; stimulate imaginative public dialogue and social change; conduct research; policy analysis and advocacy; and collaborate with partners to advance participation, accountability, transparency and social justice.

Our Core Values

HakiElimu has 10 core values at the centre of our brand, our culture and our work:

Commitment to social justice and human rights


Mutual respect and non-discrimination

Gender equality and awareness


Highest ethical standards


Passion for quality





Transparent and honest

Results oriented


Commitment to reflection and learning


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