The VUTAMDOGO (Pull the Little one) program is a program which is designed to enhance Literacy and Numeracy skills among children in class 1 and 2 in 5 Communities, the program puts responsibilities to Youths who had a privilege of accessing formal education to help younger children in their community to read, write and do mathematics in after school programs.

those who receive this privilege have the duty to repay the sacrifice which others have made; they are like the man who has been given all the food available in a starving village in order that he might have strength to bring supplies from a distant place. If he takes this food and does not bring help to his brothers, then he is the traitor

Mwl. Julius Kambarage Nyerere | First President of Tanzania
  • Increased engagement of Community Based Organizations in schooling of children in Tanzania by 2018.
  • Improved Literacy and numeracy among children attending Early Primary Classes through community engagement in 5 communities of Ilemela district, in Tanzania by 2015.

In 2016, Tahea targeted 2919 class I and II children. Tahea managed to reach 3000 class I and II children in 2016 where 69.72% of class I and II children improved their Literacy and Numemracy skills.

In 2017, Tahea targeted 4000 class I and II children in the targeted communities through Early Learning Program Innovations (Vutamdogo). Tahea managed to reach 3992 class I and II children where 78.9% improved their literacy and numeracy skills.

The VUTAMDOGO program is going to be Youth-led; however Parents, Teachers/ Para Teachers, Community Leaders and the community at large will have a role to play in making the program work successfully. The program wants to take learning to the home and community.


The program will target many areas of language development including building letter knowledge, phonological awareness, language and motivation to read, development of vocabulary, and receptive and expressive language development in promoting Literacy. In numeracy promotion, the program is going to use cooperative games and storybook‐based activities to promote mathematical understanding and social development. Games that reinforce basic skills, mental mathematics, problem solving, pattern sensing, concentration and critical thinking will be promoted. Play is the avenue for learning for young children, and makes a major contribution to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional, development of children.


The development of skills and competencies will be promoted largely through play, supported by a variety of materials and a wide range of experiences, the children under the guidance of Youth/ Teachers/ Para teachers will be given skills in learning through play. Traditional and informal plays will be used during the after school programs, Youths however will plan ahead, and provide necessary and diverse materials for learning which are locally available. Parents will support young children in terms of materials, homework monitoring and storytelling. The program will be designed specifically for out of school settings, where the learners will be able to interact in community environment where they will use the richness of the community reflecting on traditional learning through play in both Numeracy and Literacy skills making ‘ a class with a difference’. Apart from learning through play, Teachers/ Para teachers will support children identified in school for intervention sessions (this children will be those referred from schools by participating class 1 and 2 teachers)


The Community Leaders and Youth Leaders will participate in identifying sites (VUTAMDOGO Parks) in each of the Mtaa (Street) where children will be meeting during after school sessions. Children will be introduced to scouting activities sessions to reinforce discipline, confidence, resilience, self esteem, safety, abuse and peer relationship fostering. The scouting activities will be facilitated to Youth Leaders who in turn will introduce the same to children at least once a week, the reasons for this is help children be ready to follow instructions all the time, thus making them ready for learning out of the classroom setting. Mobile Mini libraries will be introduced in every participating community where reading days will be allocated per after school site (VUTAMDOGO Parks). The VUTAMDOGO parks will hold Parents days 2 times per year where Parents and children will participate in learning activities which include developing learning materials/ aids to support their parks. During Parents days children will show case their ability to write, read and mathematics. There will be reading, and writing competitions which will be held at Ward level thus making all children to participate and winning prizes will be given as incentives for all good performers, this is to promote literacy skills. Follow-up at school level will be conducted by youth, teachers and parents; however TAHEA will assess and collect data on children to see the program success. The program implementation will be documented for wider sharing and scaling/ replication.