Faraja Nyalandu is Improving the Quality of Education in Tanzania

Born and raised in Tanzania, Faraja Nyalandu is a resourceful social entrepreneur who is passionate about developing cutting edge social and educational programs that empower youth and children.

Moved by Tanzania’s educational challenges, such as few quality learning resources and poor teacher-to-student ratios, Faraja Nyalandu founded Shule Direct in 2013.

Shule Direct is a thriving organisation providing comprehensive web and mobile educational platforms offering learning content across multiple subjects to over a million in and out of school youth.

The company has improved learning experiences across the country by providing digitized educational contents that is accessible through mobile phones and online learning portals, both of which can reach remote locations in Tanzania more easily and cheaply than textbooks.

The enterprise now hosts Tanzania’s 1st start up incubator for young women entrepreneurs for their personal and professional development and developing a digital platform for young entrepreneurs to learn, network and grow their businesses.

Though trained as a lawyer, Nyalandu describes herself as a social entrepreneur who is “passionate about developing forward-looking social and educational programs that empower the young people”.

In 2017, Faraja was awarded a System Innovator award by Segal Family Foundation for systemic change in digital learning in Secondary School education in Tanzania.

What inspired her most is working collaboratively in social development and educational industry to develop and deliver innovative resources and solutions that prepare children and youth for a sustainable future.

With over 15 years experience in engaging young people, she has dedicated her professional career and personal life to empowering them to achieve their full potential.

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