Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2013

Capstone Advisor

John Western, Professor of Geography

Honors Reader

Anne E. Mosher, Associate Professor of Geography

Capstone Major


Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Geography | Political Science


The Education for All (EFA) movement to end global educational disparity is a multilateral initiative led by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Initiated in 2000, the EFA movement represents the commitment of 164 nations to the Dakar Framework for Action which outlines six goals that seek to redress issues of social disparity and to improve access to and quality of education worldwide by 2015. In this report, the progress of the EFA movement in the United Republic of Tanzania serves as a proxy for evaluating the global potential of EFA initiatives. Failed post-colonial education reform efforts during Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s presidency and foreign aid dependency since the 1980s are examined to provide historical context for a case study of One Heart Source, a modern non-governmental organization working towards EFA goals in rural Tanzania. Critiques of One Heart Source reveal potential negative implications on community autonomy and the Tanzanian psyche from heavy reliance on foreign aid and foreign labor for the provision of social services. An evaluation of the progress made towards the six EFA goals in Tanzania confirms that universal education parity will not be achieved by 2015.

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