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HakiElimu is a non-profit civil society organization. It is registered as a company limited by guarantee, and does not have a share capital that is registered under the Companies Ordinance (Chapter 212, Laws of Tanzania).

HakiElimu was founded in 2001 by a group of 13 Tanzanians who had formed a clear and longstanding commitment to transform public education for all children, having noted that education in Tanzania was in a mess, and that the many attempts to reform it had appeared to go nowhere.

It seemed clear to this group that the local education had not improved much because technocratic solutions were being applied to essentially political problems, and that the volumes of technically sound documents produced by policy reform officials were not quite relevant because they were not taking into account the politics of institutional change in Tanzania.

With this in mind, the founders of HakiElimu sought to create an organization to enable the ordinary citizens to get involved for them to make a difference in the education sector. They believed that education would improve when ordinary citizens became involved in effecting that change; creating meaningful public participation in education governance. Therefore, we could say that HakiElimu is an experiment to see whether schools can be governed in an inclusive, open and democratic fashion; and whether the poor can access the relevant information and influence policy and practice.

The founding members and board of directors of HakiElimu include leaders of: civil society organizations, Universities, media houses, legal institutions, and research and development institutions in Tanzania. Collectively, they bring more than 20 years of solid experience and leadership to HakiElimu.

Founders of HakiElimu

Jenerali Ulimwengu:
Member and Former Board Chair, HakiElimu Board of Directors; Independent thinker, Journalist and Publisher.

Elizabeth Missokia:
Member and the current Executive Director, HakiElimu.

Rakesh Rajani:
Member and the first Executive Director of HakiElimu; Head of Twaweza, Child Rights Researcher; Analyst; Author and Activist.

Wilbert Kapinga:

Member, HakiElimu; Senior Partner, Mkono & Co. and former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Dar es Salaam.

Demere Kitunga:

Director, E & D Publishers; Writer and Activist.

Elieshi Lema:

Member and Former Board Chair, HakiElimu Board of Directors; Director, E & D Publishers; Author of fiction and children's books.

Richard Mabala:
Member, HakiElimu; Regional Advisor on HIV/AIDS, UNICEF; Writer; Animator and Activist on gender and youth.

Japhet Makongo:

Member and former Program Manager for Community Governance Program, HakiElimu; Education and Community Development Specialist.

Marjorie Mbilinyi:

Member andformer Board Member, HakiElimu Board of Directors;   Professor of Education, founding member, and senior staff, TGNP

Martha Qorro:

Member, HakiElimu; former Head and senior lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, University of Dar es Salaam.

Illuminata Tukai:
Member, HakiElimu; Project Officer, Education, UNICEF Tanzania; Child Rights advocate.

Mary Rusimbi:
Member and Former Board Chair, HakiElimu Board of Directors; and Gender Activist.

Joseph Semboja:
Member, HakiElimu; Executive Director, Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA); Economist and Policy Analyst.

Other Members
John Ulanga:
Member, Board Member, HakiElimu Board of Directors; Executive Director, Foundation for Civil Society, Community Development Specialist.

Helen Kijo-Bisimba:

Member, HakiElimu, Executive Director, Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC); Human Rights Activist.